Vasudhev Kutumbakam: Stop this hypocrisy

SATYAM BRUYAT - Justice Katju

Stop this hypocrisy

By Justice Markandey Katju

Many people mention ’Vasudhev Kutumbakam’ ( the whole world is my family ) when describing the greatness of Hindu culture. But what to say of the whole world, most Indians do not even regard a section of their own countrymen as members of the Indian family.

 For instance, dalits are not regarded as part of this ’Vasudha’, not members of this ’kutumb’, by most non dalits ( even OBCs ), who look down on dalits as inferior beings, and sometimes even physically assault them. For a dalit boy to have an affair with a non dalit girl is often inviting a death sentence, by ‘honour killing’.

Many Indians shout themselves hoarse when blacks are ill treated in America. But they turn a Nelson’s eye to ill treatment of dalits at home.

And Muslims, too, often face the same treatment, being often regarded as fanatics, terrorists, and anti-nationals. They are sometimes lynched, and often assaulted for not saying Jai Shri Ram or having an affair with a Hindu girl.

So let us give up this hypocrisy, and stop saying Vasudhev Kutumbakam.

(Justice Markandey Katju is former Chairman, Press Council of India and former Judge, Supreme Court of India.)

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