We live in one of the poorest countries of the world. From a geographical perspective, Bangladesh is located within the Indian sub-continent. And here, since a very long time, the caste system has engulfed all venues of life. Many think that Bangladesh being predominantly a Muslim country caste discrimination does not apply to it. This thought however is highly mistaken. Even in a Muslim country like Bangladesh caste discrimination is pervasive, having infiltrated the texture of culture and thus having become common practice in every religious community, Christians included. Because of caste discrimination, in the sub-continent, so called outcaste people are deprived of their human dignity and rights. Even at present hundreds of millions of people are considered lesser human beings simply because of their work and low birth status.
Unlike high caste people, outcastes are excluded from basic amenities such as education, medical treatment, social and political rights etc. To come out of this situation several efforts have been and are being carried out. Nevertheless, we still do not see the end of our work. The solution of the problem remains as far away as ever. We have been interrogating ourselves about the reasons for our efforts' failures. We believe that unless and until we become able to pinpoint these reasons, whatever our effort it will be doomed to failure. Among the reasons for this failure we have been able to pinpoint the following:
Despite being crippled by caste discrimination, history bears witness to the fact that outcaste people have indeed made a big contribution in all aspects of the life of the sub-continent. Yet, we the outcaste are entangled in a sort of labyrinth like situation in search for a way out. A way out which can be discovered only if we change our mind and approach to our problems. We believe that outcaste people who have been struggling hard for centuries and eventually managed to survive have huge resources in terms of wisdom, experience, courage and immeasurable potential. Outcaste people today are nodding in slumber profoundly needing a wake up call. If awakened they will be able to open all doors by themselves. We need to believe that these same oppressed and marginalised people can indeed sort out their problems and stand proud of themselves. Indeed we need to believe that outcaste people need neither a bad master nor a good one. The outcaste must think of himself as "man" and start working from what he has and what he experiences.