Know your worth
It is important
You are worth so much more than you think
Don’t waste your effort on those who are temporary and those that don’t treat you right
Once you know your worth and realise what you deserve, no one is allowed to say you don’t deserve it because you do.
Yes I done it
Yes I survived them I am breathing
First ill start by saying I got A*A*B On the day of my results, I was late! I actually overslept so I had no time to check my UCAS. Brilliant.
When i got to sixth form I was too scared to open the brown envelope.
I put myself in a quiet space in the Sixth form block and just opened that ugly envelope. There it was, the grades I needed. My place at Queen Marys for Law was confirmed. Firstly, I was in shock “are these my results? forreal?” I walked out of the sixth form smiling at the paper I guess some people realised I done well.
Those 5am pre-exam revisions paid off
Those holiday revision sessions paid off
The amount of times I repeated the work to myself paid off
Focusing on myself paid off
And it will pay off for you
It’s nice when he….
Does not want to waste your time
Touches you from within
Love’s your inner beauty
It’s nice when he….
Has intellectual conversations with you
Helps you when you are down
Supports you in everything
It’s nice when he loves you
Over the past couple of days social media has been flooded with posts about caste and how wrong it is. Alternatively, others have suggested that caste is a good thing???!!! Let me start with a story (about me), I am very proud of my roots but I don’t discriminate others of their roots. My grandparents and parents both rooted from the Jatt caste, making me Jatt. When I go India I help on the farms and I do LOVE it. BUT NEVER have my grandparents or parents belittled and discriminated against those of other castes, in fact when I go India a lot of my clothes are given to those who are unfortunately labelled as “chumars”. In addition I’ve spoken to chumars in India and I can tell you now that they are no different from anyone else. For those that think being jatt is about drinking alcohol and creating hashtags etc etc…. That is not showing your roots in a good way. I do not understand why people plaster jatt in everything “jatt ready” “about to have a jatt drink” I mean seriously? You are embarrassing.
Many of the Sikh Guru’s expressed resentment towards caste based discrimination the biggest was by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji|| who stated that Singh and Kaur should be at the end of every Sikh name. Why? because when you have “Singh” or “Kaur” as your surname you will never know of anyone’s caste. Langar was also set up as a protest against caste believe it or not, everyone sits on the floor and eats. Why? because nothing is lower than the floor and when everyone sits together it is a sign of unity. Sikhism has always resented caste, it was the first religion to oppose it. The Guru Granth Sahib never said a jatt can only marry a jatt, it does not care about caste.
One’s mind has to be clean||
And of those who believe in caste, you do not have a clean mind. I mean for someone who had read the Granth Sahib with her elders half of you do not know what you are on about. Then people state “why get rid of caste when people smoke/drink alcohol and eat meat?” Well I’ll educate you more, Caste should be gone. Why? well it divides Sikhs: Example: “you cannot marry him?” but why he is educated and has a nice family? “no he is not the right caste!!” I mean this is why I hate caste. Does his caste which he was born into have the right to determine everything?. Marry who makes you happy regardless of their “caste”. As for eating meat this does not cause division between anyone, does it? Surely me going to Nandos would not offend any Sikhs that are vegetarian I mean most of my mothers side are vegetarian but they do not mind me eating meat? As for smoking and alcohol well this is heavily condemned in Sikhism and I am glad I have not smoked or consumed alcohol, personally it just does not appeal to me. For those who do drink or smoke well as they say ‘drink responsibly’.
I know chumars that are successful than jatts and vise versa. Furthermore, who cares what caste you belong to. When we die, we all get cremated by the same flames not different. So to those who consider themselves as higher and boast about their caste calm down you do not breathe flavoured air. Overall? Sikhism is about equality so stop caste Sikhism is about not discriminating people Sikhism is about having tolerance to others. Without Fear Without Hate|| Sikhism is about love so marry whoever you want. Sikhism is about charity help those who are in need of it. Sikhism is about unity not division again I will stop caste discrimination. Sikhism is about being open minded you might fall in love with someone of another caste one day. I mean what is the difference between a Jatt or Kenyan Sikh ? I’ve been to both marriages and we both read the same Laava? Eat the same food? Have the same ceremonies? so keep your ignorance to yourself. Then people say Jatt is not a caste we are a race of people, the ONE thing that is different is the fact that my grandparents are farmers and landowners. That’s is it.
The representations of ethnicity in the media is negative and can be quite problematic for many. Van Dijk analysed media content and saw that ethnic minorities were seen as “threatening” in three ways; immigrants are seen as a threat in terms of “numbers” entering countries to take jobs, asylum seekers are also portrayed as a threat, they are seen as advantageous of the welfare system and lastly, Muslims were seen as threat in the media associated with terrorism and subjected to the Islamophobic media coverage.
Philo and Beatiee in 1999 identified a moral panic that saw immigration as a major threat. A moral panic is a media outburst on a situation or group often over exaggerated. In 1999 the British trading, minister had resigned due to a lack of border controls as a result, the media had over exaggerated the resignation and immigrants had become the target to be stigmatised. The term “illegal immigrant” had become increasingly used and immigrants were decribed as “floods”. This led to many immigrants to feel alienated from society as they were given a negative portrayal. Moreover, Poole analysed British broadsheets from 1993 to 1996 and saw that Muslim people were portrayed as manipulative who would use their faith for their own personal and political gain.
Gill looked at the representations of ethnicity in magazines and saw that most believed that beauty is associated with whiteness as a result, the amount of ethnic minorities portrayed in beauty magazines was much lower compared to white or lighter skinned women.
African-Caribbeans have also been portrayed in a negative light by the media. Akinti saw that the media showed African Caribbeans as criminals and ignored the diversity of a huge black audience. This is further supported by Van Dijk who saw that the media believed black people are associated with gang violence who go around defending their land. Additionally, Agbetu noticed that the media socially constructed black people, they fall into three areas either; in Sports, entertainment or criminality, this can be confirmed by looking at more contemporary examples; Mo Farah is associated with Sports and Beyonce is associated with entertainment and music. The amount of political representatives for black people in the media is small. Furthermore, Agbetu saw that the term “black youth” was used differently from the term “white youth” it was more associated with criminality.
The media does show bias views upon ethnic minorities giving them the stereotypical image that they are either criminals or threatening. The media ignore the positives such as: immigrants help build a countries economy. Moreover, ethnic minorities add diversity and culture to a country which is often sidelined by the media.
31st October 1984 was the day Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, after her death approximately 8000 innocent Sikhs were directed to their deaths. Indira Gandhi was assassinated because in June 1984, she ordered the Indian army to attack the Golden Temple, which is the most holiest place for Sikhs around the world. The attack on the Golden temple was the most shocking event that had occurred for Sikhs and today many Sikh families effected by the attacks have still not overcome the trauma they had to face.
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Anti Sikh riots had begun. Later that day Rajiv Gandhi stated, “”when a big tree falls, the earth shakes” in other words after his mother was assassinated the people of India would seek revenge as a result this was what actually happened. Organized gangs set out in contrasting directions, their aim was find Sikhs and ruin their property eventually this aim turned more violent and radical. On 1st November 1984, the first set of Sikh killings had begun, gangs had targeted Gurdwaras. Sikhs were beaten by mobs, publicly humiliated and were burnt alive with tyres around them. The Army and police units worked together to reduce the violence however many argue that the acts of violence were organized with the support from the Delhi police and government officials, Delhi was the worst effected with 3000 deaths. 8000 Sikhs had to die because ONE politician died. The Sikh Massacre ended on 4th November, and till this day people are fighting for justice.
A picture showing a ruined property committed by organised gangs
Brutally beaten by angry mobs, these Sikhs were innocent yet still had to suffer
This picture above shows how mobs came together to burn Sikhs, they watched them burn and left them to die. The events of 1984 were horrific, disgusting and it just shows how inhuman and barbaric people can be towards each other.
When we speak of Indian independence from the British, people are quick to suggest that Gandhi was a leader figure towards Indian independence. Today he is labelled as the “father of the nation” but would it be right to say that he was the only key figure to independence? For me its a No. As there is one individual that has been forgotten, Bhagat Singh.
Bhagat Singh, born September 1907 and died in March 1931. Bhagat Singh was a leading figure for the fight of independence and was the biggest threat towards the British as he had a very nationalist and socialist approach. He can be considered as one of the most greatest influential revolutionaries for Indian independence. Bhagat Singh revolutionary ideas started when he had attended college, whilst growing up he saw how the British treated the natives with disrespect , slowly this was increasing the anger of Bhagat singh. He joined the Hindustan Republican Association, a radical group, later known as the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association.
The Simon commission. The commission was a group British Members from the UK Parliament that had been dispatched to India in 1928 to study constitutional reform in Britain’s most important colonial dependency. When the commission arrived to Lahore Lala Lajpat Rai led a silent march in protest against the Commission. Police attempted to stamp out the large crowds which resulted in violence. The police chief, James A. Scott, ordered the police to attack Rai leading to his death. Rai died of a heart attack, a consequence of James A Scott order. Bhagat Singh did not witness the event yet vowed to take revenge. Along with others they had plotted to kill James A Scott. On December 1928 he was shot by Rajguru and Bhagat Singh while leaving the District Police Headquarters. The events of the Simon Commission in Lahore was found as a threat towards the British. The British actions showed a clear message that democratisation was not a key factor however imperialism and using the natives was a key factor.
Bhagat Singh had also taken part in other revolutionary movements for example; the 1929 Assembly Bomb throwing incident. Many of these acts have been labelled as terrorism. To label these acts as terrorism would be wrong, Why do revolutionary movements get labelled as terrorism? The acts of the British such as imposing Martial Law, Amritsar Massacre and the White man’s Burden are all forms of terrorism yet aren’t portrayed or labelled as terrorism. Bhagat Singh is definitely a key figure in Indian history but nowadays he isn’t given enough recognition for his work for independence other figures such as Gandhi are given more importance. Gandhi’s methods of peaceful protests to gain independence weren’t effective as some of the movements had caused violence not very “peaceful”. On the other hand Bhagat Singh movements were effective as they can be seen to threaten British occupation. Therefore Bhagat Singh should be given just as much importance as Gandhi probably more.
We say we live in a diverse society and we are continuously progressing, but how true is this?
When going to school everyone is taught to treat everyone fairly regardless of there skin colour and culture yet during my time at school nobody is ever taught not to discriminate against someone’s caste. Its almost as if people assume it doesn’t exist however unfortunately, despite our society being diverse this inhumane system is still around.
Although many religions teach us that the Caste system is wrong and causes discrimination as well as inequality it is still used today, for example; in some cultures marriage outside of caste is known to be something which is not right. But why? If you’re happy with someone then why should caste even be an issue, if someone makes you happy, treats you well then why does this Caste system matter? People assume that the caste system is a religious importance, hence why it is still around today, but, how can something which causes discrimination be a religious importance? This cold-blooded system is simply a socially constructed system kept within society. Not a religious importance.
The caste system is circulated around every part in India and other Asian countries. From Northern India to Southern India caste touches upon every individual. Castes are ranked in hierarchical order it is based on occupation or birth but purely on personality; it also determines the behaviour of one member of society over another. This social hierarchy has forever been causing hostility as it doesn’t allow society to progress, causing society to be stuck in modernity and not move into post-modernity, where traditions are broken and society becomes more fragmented. In order to move the caste system from society it has to become an all- embracing issue such as; Gay marriage which has recently become legal and has become more socially accepted.
The caste system has always been an inhumane and a repugnant system which has no religious importance whatsoever, as religion always teaches to treat everyone in fair manner regardless of race and culture and caste.