Sign my Caste Please

“He contemplated his experience now in the spirit of resignation which he had inherited through the long centuries down through his countless outcaste ancestors, fixed, yet flowing like a wave, confirmed at the beginning of each generation by the discipline of the caste ideal” (Anand 66).

Bakha, despite his physical and mental prowess, is beaten down by the system’s legalized form of classism. So validated in Bakha’s eyes are these doctrines about caste superiority, that the boy’s natural state is that of neither acceptance or rejection, but rather resignation. When Bakha states “confirmed at the beginning of each generation” he acknowledges that his position is already sealed with no chance of appeal. The next generation may ascend the social ladder, but in the end, even his children will be subject to the caste’s ideal rather than their own.

Anand, Mulk R. Untouchable. London, England New York, N.Y: Penguin, 1986. Print.