New Delhi: A group of prominent people
on Saturday launched an initiative against caste-based census and
urged people to mention "Hindustani" (Indian) as their caste.
Naming the movement "Meri Jaati Hindustani" (My Caste
is Indian), the group also decided to set up a committee to
make their initiative into a mass movement.
Amid demands for caste-based census from a section of
political parties, this was the consensus arrived at a
symposium on caste-based census attended by prominent people
including former Union minister for Civil Aviation Arif
The movement is aimed at motivating people to write
"Indian" as their caste in the census form.
"Even if only four to five crore people write their
caste as Indian or whatever they call it in their mother
tongue, this will be a huge success and will help more and
more citizens to follow the suit," Khan said.
He said that the number of people believing their
caste as "Indian" are not less but they are "unorganised" and
not "instituted". "The movement is bring in those people to
The demand for a caste-based census is a conspiracy to
divide the country, alleged those participating in the
symposium adding they do not oppose if someone mentions his or
Senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik said people need a
"new caste -- Indian". "It is caste not by birth but by
choice," he said.
He said the proposed committee will formulate its
modem and plans to further the cause in a week`s time, but
insisted on the use of modern techniques like SMSes and emails
to popularise the movement.
"I request everyone to sign their emails and messages
by writing Indian with their name," Vaidik said, citing
from Barack Obama`s successful US Presidential election
Former Secretary MEA JC Sharma said the goal of Indian
Constitution is "to create a casteless and classless society,"
but the caste census is "disgrace for Ambedkar`s dream."
He also said that politicians only know the "language
of vote-bank" but if crores of people join the campaign they
will be forced to rethink over their decision.