On July 28, we had asked you a question on our Facebook page : Is it possible to remove the caste system from Haryana?
The question triggered a strong reaction from many of you. Some believed that it is possible, while there were others who believed it was not possible. This is a very serious issue that not only affects our lives but those of the next generation as well. Therefore, we gave a lot of thought to your response, and decided that it was a very important subject that needed a balanced approach, taking your point of view on this very sensitive subject.
Captain Abhimanyu's vision of Naya Haryana is one where all citizens of the state get an equal opportunity to study, work and live to better their lives. Therefore, the question is: Do you want an equal opportunity to study, live and work anywhere in Haryana, according to your choice?
If the answer is yes, then the next big question comes up: Do you want others to also get an equal opportunity, as well? If your answer is yes, then that leads us to the most troubling question: Do you want to remove the caste system from Haryana?
Unless you want it removed, the caste system will continue to exist, therefore it's important to ask yourself whether you want it to continue. Any fair individual will accept that we all need to live in a society where everyone gets a fair chance and opportunity to work and improve their lives. And that's why it's so important for you to accept that it is necessary for the caste system to be removed from our society, forever. The day you decide to remove caste system, that will be the day when it will be gone.
For centuries, we have had the caste system that gave more privileges to some while denying the same to others. Haryana is your state and the kind of society you wish to live in, will be determined by you.
At the time of writing this article, Vinesh Phogat, Babita, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt had all won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Do you really care what caste they belong? We are all equally proud as Haryanvis that one of us did so well at the games, and I am sure all of you will agree that their caste does not matter and that you wish the best for them, in future. If this is true for them, then why can't we all agree that the same equal opportunity must be made available to all citizens of Haryana, in every aspect of life?
Imagine what it would be like to join a company at the lowest level and then be told that you will have to remain at that level for the rest of your life despite your hard work, qualifications and number of years that you have put in! Would that be fair on you?
Similarly, imagine the injustice in being denied equal opportunity to study, work and live just because you were born to one caste! If this situation is not acceptable to you in your place of work, then how can you accept this in our society?
Haryana belongs to all of us and it is now for us to make sure that we build a Naya Haryana that is vibrant, prosperous and a friendly place to live in, where all citizens are given the same opportunity to study, live and work, as per his or her choice. It is now time to join hands and free Haryana of the caste system.
This can only happen if you say YES to the question we asked: Do YOU want to remove the caste system in Haryana?
Do share your views on the above for we value your opinion.