User talk:Karuppan Chockalingam

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JATI is unique to Indian culture and it is the representation of community life in India. Man cannot live alone in this material world without the help of other humans; He needs materials and services from others to carry on living. This need along with the understanding the nature of the spirit as it appears as human life in this material universe necessitated the organization of society in this way in India.

It is very important to understand a few basic fundamentals before we hastily conclude that this system is discriminatory.

!. Even though there is all the hierarchical structuring in material life, there is no 'discrimination' so far as the spirit/soul is concerned. Even though people were differentiated in worldly life, there were recognized saints from all the JATIs in spiritual life. The recognized Tamil saints (Alwars and Nayanmars) includes from all the different JATIs.

2. There was respect and dignity towards the people of the 'lower' JATIs from others in the village community. People could have rebelled against treatment accorded to them. The people from all JATIs appear to have accepted their status in life with dignity and forebearence in traditional India.

3. Even though there might have been stray incidences of violence amongst different JATIs, there was no systematic oppression. JATI is was an accepted cultural practice rather than an oppression as in slavery. The acceptance could have come from the philosophical nature of Hindu Dharma and belief in re-incarnation.