Do you see a parallel between the resentment some people harbour against the British, despite being so many generations removed from the time when the oppression actually happened, and the resentment people of some castes have towards the Brahmins and other so-called ‘higher castes’?
I think the resentment in some castes against Brahmins is much more than the resentment anywhere I’ve come across of the British. Usually, when they say you British did this or that, it’s said almost jokingly.
Whereas, when you talk to Dalits, for instance, their resentment against the higher-castes, particularly the twice-born castes, is very deep-rooted indeed. In fact, in the case of Tamil Nadu, the backward castes movement was essentially an anti-Brahmin movement. But across the country, I don’t find it to be specifically anti-Brahmin. In North India, the resentment is directed against the Thakurs and the Rajputs, rather than against Brahmins, because they were more the oppressors.
Image: An Indian female Dalit wears a headband bearing the slogan "Cast Out Caste" as she marches at the 2004 World Social Forum (WSF), in Bombay, 19 January, 2004.