Rahul Gandhi is considered as the future Prime Minister of India. In fact, I wont get surprised he becomes the head of the country within the next 10 years. He is from the Nehru-Gandhi family and that is perhaps he has more chance of becoming the future Prime Minister than any other leader in the Congress Party. Of course,
is a democratic country and it is the people who ultimately decide. So, I have nothing against Rahul if the people vote for him today or tomorrow. Even I like to admire him for starting a debate about the caste system in India . Recently, he visited, ate and even stayed in a Dalit home. India
About definition of Dalit, Wikipedia wrote:
Dalit is a self-designation for a group of people traditionally regarded as low caste or untouchables (outcastes). Dalits are a mixed population of numerous caste groups all over
South Asia, and speak various languages. It is impossible to differentiate between Dalits and the various other caste groups on the basis of phenotypes or genetics. Consequently, population statistics remain controversial and are often subject to political agendas.
Some opposition leaders have strongly criticized this action by Rahul Gandhi by stating that it was merely a political stunt. Rahul has strongly defended himself this way:
“Those who never visited Dalit homes, the homes of poor and rural people and farmers, only took the slogans from television".
Caste System is perhaps the number one problem in
India and it is a shame to a democratic and civilized country like . I hope that Rahul Gandhi takes some good initiatives to this bad thing. Of course, other leaders and parties have to support him. The main problem is that in some states of northern India , elections are fought on caste calculation. So, the political leaders would not want it to go away as it would put their future in jeopardy. More leaders like Rahul Gandhi are needed at this moment. India
Times of India wrote:
Granted, caste issues are a reality in rural areas. But, while the perception of caste does exist in urban areas as well, it's economic issues which hold the key there. And a look at population projections reveals that the share of the urban population in
is expected to reach 40 per cent by 2021. By as early as 2011, urban areas could contribute around 65 per cent of GDP. This is why it becomes necessary to frame the question of poverty and social backwardness in economic rather than caste terms. Given the overlap between economic backwardness and caste in rural areas, focusing on the former will chip away at the foundations of discrimination based on the latter as well. India
There is no doubt that this problem is not going to disappear in
in near future. However, what is bad is that strong political will is lacking among the parties. India