Meaning of Scheduled Caste
We know the meaning of caste but what is the meaning of “Schedule”?
In 1931, the then Census Commissioner Mr. J. H. Hutton for the first time conducted census of all the untouchable castes in India and declared that there are 1108 untouchable castes in India and all these castes are outside the fold of Hindu religion. Therefore, they were also called as outcastes.
The then Prime Minister Ramsey McDonald observed that like Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Anglo-Indians outcastes are an independent class and all these castes were not included in the Hindu religion. Therefore, a list (“schedule”) was prepared and the castes included in this list (“schedule”) are called as scheduled castes.
Based on this, scheduled castes were given some rights according to the ‘Scheduled Caste Ordinance 1935’. On this basis Govt of India promulgated ‘Scheduled Caste Ordinance 1936’ and facility of reservation was given. Further, modifying the ordinance of 1936, Scheduled Caste Ordinance 1950 was passed and provision of reservation was made.
From this it can be concluded the history of the origin of nomenclature of the scheduled caste tells that in the Indian subcontinent there were untouchables, outcastes or the castes outside the Hindu religion before the census of 1931. A list (“schedule”) of these outcastes was prepared.
On the basis of this “schedule” of the castes Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar fought against Britishers, opposing Brahmins, and was successful in securing human rights for us (scheduled castes)
This is the meaning of Scheduled Castes. Then we must understand that since then scheduled castes means untouchables, outcastes or the castes outside the fold of Hindu religion, means those castes which were not Hindu. They were called “Atishudras”, independent of Hindu religion undeclared fifth Varna in the Varna System.
Scheduled caste is our constitutional identity. Whatever benefits are we enjoying today are in the name of scheduled caste and not in the name of Dalit, Vankar, Chamar or Walmiki.
Despite knowing the history of the origin of “scheduled caste” we are still clinging to Hindu religion. If you are still clinging to Hindu religion you are morally insulting Babasaheb’s Constitution. Always keep in mind that scheduled caste means only and only those people who are not Hindus but the victims due to the Hindu social order! Should you wish to continue as a Hindu, under the brahmin regime, you should give up scheduled caste identity and Dr. Ambedkar, it is up to the Brahmins if they accept you into their religion and what caste they give you! (Through Dushant Khobragade)