In a superb article, Jakod De Roover rips apart the European Parliament’s presumptuous self-righteousness, which has compelled them to “come out with a policy statement” on how caste still rules India.
Recently, the European Parliament hosted a meeting on â€œcaste discrimination in South Asiaâ€. At the meeting, participants stated that â€œIndia is being ruled by castes not by lawsâ€ and that they demanded justice, because there â€œis one incredible India and one untouchable India.â€ The EU was urged to come out with a policy statement on the subject. One MEP, referring to the caste system, said that â€œthis barbarism has to end.â€ This is not the first time. However, before the EU decides to publish policy statements on caste discrimination in India, we would do well to reflect on some simple facts.
First, the dominant conception of the caste system has emerged from the accounts by Christian missionaries, travelers and colonial administrators. Rather than being neutral, these accounts were shaped by a Christian framework.
Given historical evidence, we can reasonably interpret this “call” as another of the countless calls to “civilize” India. In harsher terms, this is a call to harvest the heathens. I am interested to know the names of some of the participants who called upon the European Parliament to end the “barbarity.”
It’s easy to miss the fundamental point that the European Parliament has no business to pontificate over matters related to Indian society. Why don’t we see similar meetings that elaborate on Minority Rights in Saudi Arabia? How would the EU treat the idea of an Indian Parliamentary meeting to discuss the UK’s total cluelessness in dealing with the Islamic threat?
A reason that explains the European Parliament’s effrontery is their continuing delusion of being colonial masters. The other side of the reason lies in our own backyard. A strong majority of the power-holders in India are proud inheritors of Nehru’s shameless legacy, which involves taking our problems to the biggest bullies in the international arena, instead of solving it ourselves. Add to this the delicious spice of homegrown representatives of the Vatican who have mastered the art of milking the worldwide Church apparatus by painting gory pictures of rampant caste atrocities in India. And there you have, India’s image as a self-respecting nation kicked around at will in the European Parliament.
Jakob Roover needs to be commended for his political incorrectness. An academician at the Ghent University, the combined might of Christian bigots will attempt to give his career a tough time.