The Malas (SC) mock at the Naidus (Shudras - landed community), and vice versa. That is my village. The issue is the landlessness of the Malas more than anything else.
I think we need to in some real way step out into the real India, and then we understand many many dimensions. And each space may have its own realities and colours also and would need responses in that reality.
How do we explain that?
Castes weren't broken down by the Dravidian movement but the perverted caste system was. People need to understand the difference. Reservation, Land Ceiling/ Redistribution, Nationalization of Banks all contributed to this. Basically the hoarding of knowledge, land and capital by the top 3 varnams as per the Varnashramam system.
People who comment on the caste system do so within the comforts of the class system that is rampant in the cities. I see no difference between gated communities/exclusive housing societies/areas in the cities and the Agraharams of the villages. Same can be said about the cheris/colonies of the villages and slums of the cities.
How Dalits were persecuted in some of the villages is similar to how they are persecuted in the slums of the cities. Our bleeding heart liberals get pained by Syria, but will not flinch when Eelam or even mass displacement of 2 lac slumdwellers to Kannagi Nagar happened.
The whole Western development model is pushed by people of the top two Varnams almost exclusively. They have their brand of supporters in the landed communities too.
Neither can we wish away caste nor class. In the villages, atleast the poor of a community can interact with the rich of the same community, does that happen in the cities?
haha, we used to do the same!
Somehow we all want to be identified as Kshatriyas, that's the glamour of the caste system.
We as kids used to mock that.