In Gujarat, on the 25th of June 2016, an NGO called 'Human Development and Research Centre' (HDRC) attempted to problematize and eradicate the social stigma on the untouchables who work as sweepers. But this initiative was welcomed with stone-throwing by the so-called upper castes1. This is the real face of Hinduism and its worst politics of DOs and DON'Ts.
The upper castes like Brahmins, Rajputs, Patels and Sunni Awami Forum objected to this act. It is unfortunate to understand the logic of the Sunni Awami Forum, that Saiyads cannot do sweeper jobs for they are believed to be the direct descendents of Prophet Muhammad. This is the perfect example of the real and ugly face of upper castes showing their higher status in society, in the belief that they were born to rule society, not to serve it. Further, NSUI, a political wing of the Congress party, by hurling stones on the banner of the NGO, also showed the true intentions of the Congress party and that they are followers of Gandhi
The hierarchy inherent in Hinduism has two aspects, first is the politics of rights (Dos) and duties (Don'ts) that decrease from upper to lower castes, and the second is the politics of rights (Don't) and duties (only Dos) that increase from lower to upper castes. In the caste system, the upper castes have all kinds of power, privileges, immunity to do whatever they want to do. They have the right to acquire reputation, education, wealth and spirituality. They also feel they have the right to exploit others as they think fit.
In the Brahmanical Hindu order, the upper castes are free to do whatever they want to do, they have derived absolute fundamental rights from Hindu religion which is essentially based on discrimination among human beings by birth. The lower castes or untouchables do not have these absolute rights from religion, they are supposed to only perform their duty towards the upper castes.
It is unfortunate and ridiculous that on one the hand Hinduism preaches that we are equal and there is no casteism in Hinduism and every individual is free to do their occupation as he/she wishes to do. On the other hand, they force dalits to remain in their age-old professions.