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You know this Q of #caste and #untouchability tghat so pervades Hindu practices.
The standard #Hindutva defence is that it was an invention of the vile colonial British and their divide and rule policy. Let's assume they are right.
Now can we all agree as follows:
1. That the evils of the colonial era need to be reversed
2. So we should post haste get rid of caste.
3. #Hindutva should take the lead and #RSS shd order all their devout Hindu members to ensure that at least 1 sone-in-law or daughter-in-law was from a Dalit or "lower caste"
Now would not that be the most fitting "two-fingers" reply to the vile British who allegedly gave us the racism of caste and, according to this RajyaSabha MP, still practice racism in the Royal Household?

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