The conversion of Dalits to Christianity proved to be a misery for the 70 % of the converted Christians. These are the people whose very touch is considered polluting and who are treated as untouchables by upper caste. Christianity, as a religion has no casteism but because these converted Christians were in India from the 16th century they couldn’t escape the social structure of India and therefore had to follow the hierarchy of caste. Conversion to Christianity has not redeemed the Dalit Christians from social discrimination and untouchability.
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The construction of social and legal practice of dividing people is on the basis of their race and ethnicity in the United States of America. This has been forbidden since the mid 1960s in the States. Throughout America there is obvious disparity amongst the different classes of the society i.e. the lower class and the upper class. These differences are very painful for students who have to undergo the glitches, which comprise of negative effects of the quality of education served to the students. The population of minorities who live in the United States is constantly increasing and their numbers can contribute to the success or the failure of the nation.
Today, the subject of gay marriages and their existence in the social society is a very sensitive subject. The question is not about what the gay community wants or their feelings, likes and dislikes but humiliating views of society about them. We are the largest democracy in the world, but just on paper. Neglect towards the gay community makes it very difficult for them to express, live freely, or give opinions. A question come to my mind, What good have we done to deserve this right that they haven’t?, The answer is NOTHING.Our general outlook towards Gay community or the society at large is of negligence and an emotion where we believe that they do not exist in the society. The question is what is wrong in being Gay? It is a matter of choice and choice cannot be forced.When the constitution of India recognizes them who are we to make fun of them and bully them.The portray of Gays in films like Dostana and Kal Ho Na Ho is over the top cliché. And our great Bollywood obsessed public believes it to be true that’s the saddest part.
The most fundamental question that needs to be answered before discussing the relation between money and happiness is what one means by happiness. Being a complex concept, more so because it involves human feelings that cannot be quantified, happiness is a word that can be understood in many ways, and which resonates with different people in different ways. There is the day-to-day momentary happiness that one gets out of little pleasures, and then there is the general satisfaction - the feeling of emotional well being and contentment with life - which can also be classified as happiness. The former form of happiness may be the one that has more intensity but is short lived, while the latter has more longevity, although a person experiencing this kind of happiness or contentment might not be able to pin point a single moment when he is happy.
In a wave of complete positivity, one can identify the different provisions sanctified by the Constitution of India regarding the freedom of speech and expression, the free press, independent and separate of the governing bodies of the country. With investments in the private sector, increasing by the day, media corporations throughout the country seem to be on a rampage of amusing the masses with different experiments in social media.
Section 1: Comparative religion studies
I had a lot of qualms when I first took the subject. I was always confused whether it is a good thing to study the faith, form and function of different religions. Therefore, even though I had left my belief and now I consider myself to be agnostic, still I was on my guard before the classes for this course proceeded. I knew a lot of beliefs would be challenged during class discussions, and even if I claimed that I am free from belief systems and faith, there would be certain area that would be probed and provoked. And that is what exactly happened during class discussions. Faiths were challenged, illusions of deities were broken, and the beliefs of a lifetime were challenged as we studied the origin and evolution of religion. People, especially in India have been raised by very a different concept of religion. India is a land of masses, and therefore majority of religion sects of India follow a mass, mob mentality when it comes to religion. That and the fact that India is a hub of culturally and aesthetically important religion backgrounds which laid the foundation of modern religion in many parts of the world. People who follow almost every major religion in the world live in India, therefore growing up in India is never a religion devoid experience for anyone. More than anything, I took the course out of curiosity and for the risks it involved. After studying Comparative Religion in depth for around 2 months, I find myself a changed person. I would not used the word enlightened here, but I would say that I definitely feel my conscience has been refreshed and I could see things around the world with a fairer perspective now.
The past one year just flew in a jiffy. However, contemplating on the things that one has learnt this whole year, it is difficult to believe that a person can make so many revelations in such a short span. One makes little discoveries in life quite often, but putting them down on paper makes you realise how overwhelming these can be, especially if you have learnt these things the hard way. Here are some lessons I learnt this year — nothing extraordinary — but I believe these will go a long way in making life a little better for me, and hopefully, for all those reading this post.