The rape and murder of a 19-year-old girl in UP’s Hathras sent a wave of shock across the nation and showed how divided we stand even in the 21st century. While you might have had never experienced caste-based oppression, but it’s a sad reality that in India, being a Dalit or belonging to a ‘lower caste’ still remains a threat to one’s life and results in unequal treatment despite the constitution entertaining provisions against it.
Well, over the years books and poems, thankfully, have captured the plight of the oppressed class and one such poem is “Thakur Ka Kuan” (The Thakur’s Well) written in 1981 by anti-caste poet Om Prakash Valmiki.
Amidst the Hathras incident, a video of Irrfan Khan reciting the same poem has gone viral on the internet and is giving us some real goosebumps.
The poem retraces how over centuries the caste system in India has ruined the peace in the country and divided humans barring some of them of dignity and basic human rights.
When I think about our country, I always happen to believe things would change one day as we become more modern and sensible and educated. But such incidents shatters my whole belief system.
It makes me think if we would ever be able to accomplish a society where everyone would be treated equally just like the one Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar dreamt of.