Friday, October 9, 2009

What's your jaatee ?? : Part-I

Google recently released a list of its Orkut’s top 10 communities in India and interesting enough to see that none of them is about or related to SRK or Ace Khan, Ash or Bebo, Sachin or Mahi, Rahul or Raj. But they are

* "StYlIsH PeOpLe"
* "India"
* "Chocolate"
* "MTV & still more MTV!"
* "TCS 2009 Batch..........!!!!!!"
* "Tom and Jerry - Cartoon"
* "Boys VS Girls (Who Is d Best?)"
* "India Stock Market (BSE NSE)"
* "Tamil Cinema"
* "I hate to wake up early"
* "Friends"

The "community" part in orkut is really awesome. You love to be a part of the community about the person, sport, speciality, place you love or even community representing your birth date, year, sun sign, initials etc. But it also helps others to know you better like what this person is, what are his/her interests etc. I myself am a part of numerous intersting communities.

While just randomly surfing through orkut, I always stuck and wonder when I come across the communities people join which are something similar to these

I am Brahmin
Proud to be Chitpavan
Leva Patil software engineers
We Khatris
Deshastha Brahmin
Daivadnya Brahman
Chandraseniy Kayastha Prabhu

(I do not remember the exact names of these communities but these are quittte close)

I mean why? Why such a great obsession of public display of the caste you come from (with no contribution of yours whatsoever)? Is your identity/introduction/portfolio going to be incomplete if your caste is not mentioned? You still are going to be what your are, both professionally and personally, without attaching those small pre/post fixes to your skills/personality.

Is this to highlight how superior you and the entire community (read caste not orkut community) of yours is or how deserving candidates you are for the reservations? I thought we are the generation who respect reservation but only based on financial background and not the caste based.

I always, used to, still do and will do forever, wonder, ridicule the ideas of the social gatherings or meet-ups of particular castes (where the entry is allowed if n only if you hail from that particular caste) and the great response they used to, and they still do, get. Never ever attended any of that though got numerous invitations.

Everyone knows how worst the caste system in India, how it still run a parallel governments in small villages, how it works wonders in elections et cetera and that was not the topic for today's discussion. I was just wondering how it successfully managed to quietly enter the e-world/social networking groups which are pretty much (supposed to be) dominated by youths and their liberal urban thoughts. Or does that mean just the year on calendars are changing but not the mindsets? anyways, enough for today !!!