|Ilavarasan : Source- theHindu|
They say love is universal and it can happen between anyone. There is no stopping it. Love, if it is true, does not see nationality, religion, language, caste or creed or colour. And these days, though odd for some people to digest, love can also happen between people belonging to the same gender. And I am talking about the love between two lovers. In that context, the recent news of Ilavarasan's death has greatly grieved and angered and upset me.
As many of you would know, Ilavarasan was found dead on the railway track on the 4th of this month. Now the Police is investigating it. I do not know whether it was a suicide or murder.Whatever it may be, the person is dead. The death of Ilavarasan was preceeded by an eight month long misunderstanding. The only 'sin' Ilavarasan committed was that he was from a scheduled caste and he loved Divya, from a higher caste. You would have read it in the newspaper. These two people were in love and there were violent attacks and burning of houses in the colonies of Dharmapuri district on November 7 of last year by casteist forces, the stupid reason being inter-caste marriage between Divya, a high-born and Ilavarasan, a low-born, following the suicide of Divya's father on hearing this news.
Now, the underlining problem here is casteism. It is an ugly problem prevailing in India since time immemorial. Even after so much development in India in all fields, this is still here. We say that this problem exists only in villages. But I feel it is also in urban areas. The only difference being the problem is extreme in the rural areas in the form of violence while it is subtle in urban areas in the form of socialising in groups (confession pages in facebook) and alienating other people. I have seen this. In paper, people in India are united and equal. But practically, this is mostly the opposite. Maybe it is not seen 'obviously' but in a hidden manner. And maybe it is present in my city. Maybe it differs from place to place. But definitely, it is present in varying levels. I think reservation is one thing which segregates people based on their castes in the first step itself. That is, by this system, we ourselves are differentiating ourselves. I am not saying reservation should be abolished totally, but it is should be based on merit and economic status of the people. This is another issue that is being debated upon for a long time now.
Casteism is sure a complex issue, like many. It can't be easily erased from the minds of people. I, some times, wish that things like caste, even religion, equality (men and women) and similar idealogies didn't exist in the mind of whole of Human race. If it were true, then there would be no problems in this world, like literally. There would be no terrorism, communal/ caste violence and even corruption. All will be well and ideal. It would be a utopian world. But the irony is that, we all know this through education; we read, we study, we think and still these problems occur and day by day, quite-the-opposite incidents/ clashes/ misunderstandings/ Fights are happening.
Ultimately, everyone in this world is going to die. So why hate/ alienate/ hold grudges someone just because he/ she looks/ speaks/ dresses different or has a different ethnicity. Love everyone!
Ofcourse if this happens, that will be an ideal world!