What should be the role of Hindu Identity?
Should Hindu identity be the one which replaces or suppresses all other jathi and regional identity?
or Should Hindu identity be a base on which all other regional and jathi identities flourish and grow?
Most urban hindus and a large section of hindutvavadis are dreaming for a hindu unity where people discard all existing jathi identities and identify as hindus first. These people doesnt understand that this will only lead to homogenisation of our society rather than unity.
Some section of people, want all people to put hindu identity before their jathi identity. They want hindu identity to be top cover for all other identities.
What i am demanding is that every jathi be seen as a branch of the larger tree, and let Hindu identity be the fertile based in which all these regional identities thrive. Which means, we all will identify ourselves based on our jathi, and be united at sub-conscious level through the hindu identity. Here, all other identities are allowed to get prominance and hindu identity as fertilse base for them to grow.
This is what happening today. Most of the jathis identify themselves as hindus, but want their jathi identity to be retained. Whereas the urban folks want these jathi identities to be destroyed. Thus there is a hostility b/w these two different sections of our society. Its time that we have to end this conflict and constitutionally recognise jathi as part of our hindu society.
I prepared this chart in one of the debate i participated recently, . Hope, it conveys my message.