Cast(e) Away!

Cast(e) Away!

Submitted by Newseditor on Wed, 2016-01-06 23:56 Bengaluru/Mandya: This boy is ambitious, talented and extremely capable of accomplishing great things in life. Ability fine but still he could not do what he could and get what he deserved. Not because he is lazy or diffident but is a victim of the biggest evil that has gripped our countries from centuries innumerable. Yes! What he does not have unfortunately is a caste to identify with. This 24-old-youth Raghu from Mandya has the passion to become an IAS officer but the only impediment is the caste identity. It’s not because he is an atheist that his ambitions are swimming in troubled waters. The problem is very practical, atleast in terms of the system that exists in India. Raghu does not know his caste because he knows not who his father is. His mother insensitively christened “Moogy” by a ruthless society in a gross mockery of her speech and hearing impairment, was gang raped about 25 years ago and Raghu was born. Raghu, was born on 21 February 1991 in a Government Hospital of Mandya was raised in Bala Mandira of Bellary from his first standard to ninth standard. Raghu started fending for a living at a tender age but did not give up on education. Alongside he also completed his SSLC/10th via distance education scheme of the National Institute of Open School secured 56.8 percentage amid his hectic work life. However, he was in for a rude shock. His Transfer Certificate was rejected by the Department of Pre University Education, Karnataka terming the SSLC certificate from open school is invalid as it was not affiliated state SSLC board. However, the certificate is endorsed by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and the PU Board was ignorant! Finally, he had to join back to the National Institute of Open School to pursue his 12th class. Raghu’s ordeal did not end here. His job application was rejected by Corporation Bank and Judicial Department as he did not have any valid documents to prove he is an Indian National??!! When he almost decided that suicide was the final resort, B N Krishnaiah entered his life as his guardian angel. Krishnaiah, the then Deputy Commissioner of Mandya got him his Voter ID Card and other official essentials. But the incorrigible misfortune in the garb of the system still continued to haunt him. Several attempts by this youth to appear for the competitive exams failed at the application level itself as he does not know his caste. The root of the problem lies at Bala Mandira in Bellary where they registered his name and arbitrarily mentioned his religion as Hindu but did not apply the same logic to caste. Running from pillar to post, Raghu met Umashree, Minister for Women and Child Welfare who directed the officials at the department to take necessary measures to help him. And now his identity documents are under process and hopefully he may get lucky this time around, say official sources. The youth was working for “More” mega market in Mysuru for a few months to eke a living but he could not continue due to personal problems. Raghu is now preparing for his 12th class exams scheduled in June 2016. Speaking to Bfirst.in, he lamented, “I have made several attempts to get the conclusion on my caste. But I could not get it as I do not know who my father is and my mother cannot tell me she cannot speak and also mentally ill”. My mother is being treated in Gulbarga's hospital where she has been living for the past several years. I feel helpless because I cannot see her frequently. I have never seen God in my life, but i have experienced the entity in B N Krishnaiah who empowered me and made march steadfast towards my goal”.B N Krishnaiah“I know Raghu from the past few years. I recognised a greater ambition in his attitude which had me impressed. I never thought he is unlucky. He is now as stable as others and I believe his dreams will definitely come true. I have enquired about him at an official level. His records and documents are under process. I hope everything will be alright in the coming days, Raghu’s angel B N Krishnaiah quips. This saga definitely points to a redundant question- “How far is it fair to carry on with the caste system in the public service recruitments? While religions and castes bear intolerance this should be considered unique with no such tags but instead he has been cast(e) away.