There was no cast system during the
Vedic age. There was no un-touchability. When and how did this system creep
into the Hindu society? We do not know for certain.
Did no one try to wipe out this injustice?
Buddha admitted may untouchables to his religion. Ramanujacharya,
Basaveshwara, Chakradhara,Ramananda,Kabir, Chaitanya, Ekanath, Tukaram, Raja Rammohan Roy
and other great men preached that no one is high and no one is low among Gods
children. Mahatma Phooley and his wife dedicated their lives to the education of the
untouchables. Sayyaji Rao Gaekwad, the Maharaja of Baroda, established a
school for the untouchables as earty as in 1883. In this way many thoughtful
leaders of the Hindu Society have been trying for hundreds of years to wipe out
Both before and after India became free, many great man have sacrificed their lives for
the truth and the principles they believed in. Ambedkar was one of them.
Ideas of high and low had crept into the Hindu Society; Ambedkar sufferedbecause of
this; he also fought hard against such differences; later he became the first Las Minister
in free India. The credit for making a law and creating the necessary atmosphere to wipe
out Untouchability goes to Ambedkar.