[Assam] Marry into low castes for money.
BBaruah at aol.com
BBaruah at aol.com
Fri Sep 15 17:27:24 EDT 2006
Dear Phukan Saheb
Agree with you, hough I am afraid I cannot help you in any other way.
The labelling a community as a Sudra or Brahmin is not a matter of law. It
has of course become a matter of law now because of the need to protect the
interest of the communities, particularly those coming from underdeveloped areas
and those lagging behind the rest of the country in the matter of education,
employment, well-being etc.
Several years ago an Ahom married a tribal girl and he then applied for a
job which was reserved for tribal candidates. He got the job but on challenge
in the court of law, the Ahom lost it. It seems to me that if the girl would
have applied for the job, she would have got it. I understand there are other
similar cases. As a matter of fact I have not been able to update myself on
the point. What I want to bring to your notice is another aspect.
You are now living in USA away from your village and you no longer have to
abide by the strictures from the elders of the society for not observing all
the things that the members of a proper Brahmin family ought to do. So far as
marriage is concerned, your family must be ostracised. It will happen in a
little town also where there is a sizeable group concerned with preserving the
social norms of Brahmins.
But it may so happen that after some initial ‘shi…shahs’, people will
ignore the matter altogether and will accept the couple. Dr Audrey Cantlie, the
author of the book The Assamese carried out some research in a village near
Jorhat and found that a number of sudras even managed to become Brahmins or
higher castes in course of time. Possibly this rarely happens but obviously
there are cases of this type. Then, you may remember the little historical
episode known as ‘al loga Bamun’, a number of soldiers who disguised themselves
as Brahmins at king’s orders during war and did not revert to their
original status after the war was over.
At Namti, Sivasagar, where I come from, there was a Bengali gentlemen, one
Mr Dutta, a petty tradesman. He settled at Namti. A local Ahom village near
which he and his family lived accepted him as an Ahom in a meeting (sobah) of
elders. It is a pucca Ahom family now; that I know.
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