The names of the mahallas in the Indian state of Maharashtra, which traditionally live there, are based on the caste of the people who have to reflect the changed attitudes of the country.
In the same way, the Indian surnames indicate the caste to which an individual belongs.
For centuries, villages have been organized on the basis of caste, with strong segregation that limits the lower caste to the hinterland. Some towns also have certain areas inhabited by members of a particular community.
The Maharashtra government has decided that, for a country that keeps promising to abolish the caste system, it is undesirable to name neighborhoods and roads after a particular caste.
Dhananjay, Minister of State for Social Justice, said, “In order to enhance national unity, all caste names in rural and urban areas and areas of the state should be changed keeping in view the social harmony and goodwill in the state.” Will. ” Mande earlier this month.
Places in Maharashtra, with a population of 125 million, will be named after famous social workers or local workers so that no caste is indicated.
But columnist Chandra Bhan Prasad, who writes on personal issues, is not impressed. “Without a change in people’s consciousness and behavior, it’s just a childish stubbornness. As a minor media story, changing the names of places is important, and nothing more.”
Despite attempts to eradicate it Caste system, It remains flexible. Earlier this month, a Dalit (formerly known as Untouchables) in Gujarat was attacked by young fellow workers after asking for his caste, and naming a higher caste. ۔ Her second “crime” was wearing her shirt without any clothes. If you are a Dalit, trying to look fashionable is a crime in the eyes of some upper caste Hindus.
The question of nicknames is something that everyone is familiar with. Upper caste Hindus who do not know one’s caste, and know that it is politically wrong to ask directly, will try to find out a person’s surname so that they can “give them a place” in society.
Some people belonging to the lower castes have given up their nicknames, only from their first name, which is immediately revealed as a sign of rebellion.
In 2015, senior government employee Narendra Jadha said he had considered bringing in A private member’s bill With the complete abolition of Kannada in Parliament, Indians were left with a name as a way to defeat caste. However, he failed to follow the idea.
Last year, elected councils of 24 villages in the state of Haryana, near the Indian capital, decided that no one could use their names. Instead, they can use the village name as a nickname.
In Chennai, a lawyer, Sneha, has in principle refused to reveal her identity on any official document for 35 years. In the end, she obtained a certificate from the government stating that she did not belong to any caste.
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