Readers correct me but I can’t spot a single South Indian surname in the line-up; let’s not even get into caste. Oh well I can’t help myself so here goes, btw this could be marital or maiden names but Indians remember when you wear your caste names so proudly then don’t complain when it’s called up.
R. Mehta: is a surname that means ‘chief’ or ‘great’ from Sanskrit mahita meaning ‘praised’, ‘great’ , which comes from mah- ‘to praise or magnify’. Mehtas in Punjab are a prominent and elite gotra of Khatris and Brahmins whereas in Himachal Pradesh they are Rajput.
N. Joshi: is a surname with its origins in India & Nepal. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word jyotiṣi, prakritised as joiśī , “a practitioner of astrology” i.e. “astrologer“. People with this surname are descended from a Brahmin caste of village priests and astrologer. Joshi is a common family name for Brahmins in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Konkan and Goa. In Nepal, it is a common family name for a Newar or a Khas-Brahmin.
F. Seth: Token Muslim (Gujarati).
Welcome to the Casteocracy of Modern India!!!
Of course our enlightened commentators know it all. Let’s skip this Caste Privilege of the Higher Castes and instead talk about how they are being discriminated in Modern-Day India.
Caste Quotas, Separate Personal Laws and Babri Masjids (blaming those pesky Muzzers never fails) are the real ills of Modern-Day Indian Society; it has nothing to do with the Unabashed and Almost Absolutely predominance of Upper Castes (who are a marginal proportion of the population – 30% at the most generous) in Indian society.
Am I the only blind man or the only one with sight? It was almost an instantaneous realization for me as a foreign to breakdown this innocuous picture into Upper Caste Privilege. At least with Iranians and even Pakis it’s still a bit of a task to decipher their true origins (and I’m Pakiranian), why do Indians make it so easy for their Caste Privilege to be worn on their sleeve.
And no Sid we are “not all brown” (a century of the Muslim League should teach the “other side” that Muzzers at the first instance will run to the imaginary Ummah in the face of Casteocracy & Sanskritisation) that’s the same lie we told the British to get rid of them. The day India gets rid of its de facto Casteocracy (and associate Sanksritisation; what else is Hindi but the purification of Urdu) is the day I rant against Pakis & TNT until that day excuse me while I go off and proclaim Iqbal Days (coming up on Christmas is going to be BP’s Quaid-e-Azam tribute day).
It’s almost shameless how easily the Casteocracy is casually justified; it’s a dog whistle. Hip urban India really reads as Westernised upper castes, who are busy coagulating into one super-faction while Sanskritising the lower orders; no wonder the Muzzers are opting out.
Rant over back to Kumbaya Bahaism; sing with me people a Bhajan or something, I really need it (who knew Hello Magazine could stir such passions).