Saturday, April 5, 2008
Caste Inequality in EFL-U (III)
We students could take a few blames perhaps. When our ‘pets’ defecate all over the hostel premises the expectation is really that the ‘ammas’ or ‘bhaiyas’ are responsible for cleaning it up. We share rooms with people whom we are comfortable with. That is definitely true. But a survey of shared rooms in the 3 hostels indicates that in over 70% of the shared rooms, the roommates are of the same caste. Though choice of roommate may be made on the basis of linguistic or religious or course wise uniformity, it remains a question whether a Bengali Higher caste student (to take one example) would share a room with another Bengali Dalit student. Cultural differences are significant in such choices but these differences might just preclude caste differences too.