Dogs too discriminate

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Yesterday morning I was waiting outside my house for my relative to pick me up for a family function. While I was walking to and fro the porch impatiently for my 45 minutes late relative, I was surprised by a person who started his job as early as 6:30 in the morning. He was carrying a long jute bag on his right shoulder to collect waste papers, empty bottles and used plastic etc., wearing a green and white combo dirty Lungi (dhothy) which was folded and tied to ease his pace of walking. On top, he was wearing a shirt which was very dirty that I couldn’t identify the original colour and it was torn on various places. He was walking in bare foot. I also saw a dog that is living in our street for a while now without a particular master, chasing him, maintaining a decent distance. When the distance got reduced, the man stopped walking, bent down and feigned picking up a stone. Now the dog went two steps back and stopped there but still was barking. He continued his work and left the scene. Next came a well dressed person whom I think is trying to catch a bus for his work. He was walking very fast wearing a blue striped well ironed shirt tucked in a khaki pant with shining black shoe. This dog, which was resting a bit after a tiring short session with our previous visitor, lifted his head and looked at the man and he went to his original position letting him go without any hassle. I was wondering do dogs discriminate?

When I saw this incident I was thinking on the status of all discriminations that we have. By discrimination I mean the partial behavior that we show to a category of people for some specific reasons. Though we can see more traces still left, I think we took enough measures and overcome fair amount off discriminations in the area of, cast, religion, gender etc. But I feel there are more hidden discriminations that we practice in our day today life which I thought of sharing with you.

Have you ever seen the fairness cream advertisements? They say white is beautiful and black is unwanted. Don’t you think that is result of the colour discrimination that we carried from all these decades?

If someone seems to getting closer with our beloved ones, we instantly start developing loathe towards them. Isn’t this discrimination based on prejudice?

Have you ever noticed the difference in the way people deal with their subordinates and superiors. Can we call this as discrimination based on status? I don’t mean the defenses that people use to avoid others taking advantage of their position. I mean hearty partiality that they show.

Will you allow me to boldly call patriotism a discrimination against origin of people? We can agree patriotism as long as it unites people and boosts them to work as a team. But when it is used to develop hatred towards other country men I can’t agree this. I would prefer humanity over patriotism. Can we call this as discrimination based on origin?

We can see this sort of behavior even among friends and relatives. The society discriminates criminals and transgender. We call our long forefathers, barbarians and not cultured or civilized because they indulged in slavery, legal racism, cruel punishments and war etc. If you see the above details I think we are far from calling ourselves civilized and cultured, unless we leave away all the discriminations that we have in our bottom of the heart.

I think discrimination exists because of the fear that we would lose something that we don’t deserve. I am no saint to say all the ways of overcoming such fear. I am no liar to say I overcame this by forgiving all those who have done nasty things to me. I do have my own hatreds and anger. I discriminate people based on honesty and religion. Yes, I hate dishonest people. I hate money fetish people as I mentioned in my previous post. I hate separatists based on religion or cast or race.

I am not here to decide what is right discrimination or wrong discrimination. Whether it is right or wrong, these discriminations only gave me pain. By hating people I only gained peace less mindset. Either I should destroy my enemies or I should accept them. Destroying is completely out of question as if I start doing that then I have to do this for my whole life. I am only left with the second option, accepting them. But alas, I don’t know how to love them with all their flaws. That’s my next assignment and hope I would learn fast.

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Indian Pundit said...
August 13, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Hi Bharathi

Lot of very important points raised.
1) Yeah dogs do discriminate. In my city of Kolkata, i have seen it plenty of times.

2)Fairness cream ads just show how racist(colour racism not hate racism) we Indians are.Its sad but true. i am absolutely ASHAMED by those ads. Sucks big time.

3)On the question of ""difference in the way people deal with their subordinates and superiors.""

Indians are very JUDGMENTAL by nature. We judge and respect people BASED on their position NOT on the basis of this character.

I once had a LONG CHAT with an american woman, she told me that in USA respect is not automatic. Everyone, including the prez of USA, has to EARN IT. But in India its automatic according to position.

4)On the question of Patriotism, think about it in terms of family.
You will ALWAYS be MORE CONCERNED about your family members more than ur neighbor's.

Cheers and check out my FIRST 55 WORD FICTION!!!!!!!!!!!

Bharathi said...
August 13, 2009 at 3:06 PM

@ IP: thanks for a nice and detailed comment. I liked your american lady discussion. Its indeed nice.

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...
August 13, 2009 at 4:27 PM have touched a soft corner in human society...

good 2 know Dogs also discriminate..felt nice..:) said...
August 13, 2009 at 4:48 PM

u made it sound so interesting :) ... this is such a deep thought ... n abt the fairness creams ads ... well m plannin to write a nice witty post on ths one huh :P

Bharathi said...
August 13, 2009 at 5:05 PM

@ Sid: Thanks for your comment pal. Your cowboy head is looking awesome in the pic.

@Suga: Thanks for a well analysed comment. I am waiting for your post on the fairness cream.

Shruti said...
August 13, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Bharathi, again a very good post!
Dogs to discriminate.. I had the very same experience before 12 years!
early morning i came out of the house on searching my mom!! To say frankly i was in a worst shorts n t-shrt(i was 8 yrs old) (cos it was a summer season u know!!)
a dog started barking at me. I entered the house and locked it up!!
When i came out of my house for goin to school i saw the same dog but it saw me very affectionately!!
then i ended up in a conclusion that "Dogs don't bark at people who has a neat,ironed dress!!"

Very well written re!! Same with Discrimination with people!!

keep smiling

Vipul Grover said...
August 13, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Hmmm.. anothr thoughful post.. read it bt cant giv a detaild cmmnt rite now as hav 2 log off bt yeah get ready 4 a debate .. lol

b4 leaving, a friendly correction - wat u called patriotism is better known as jingoism. As sch patriotism has no negative connotations.

Bharathi said...
August 13, 2009 at 6:04 PM

@ Shruti: Thanks a lot for your detailed comment and am glad that you liked it.

@ Vipul: Thanks for a short comment. will wait for your detailed one.

Thanks for teaching me a new word Jingoism. By partiotism in this post, I indeed mean jingoism. and we should not forget that there are numerous people in India with Jingoism.

Shankar said...
August 13, 2009 at 6:15 PM

bharathi..discrimination is every where in india and may be in world too.... we humans have sixth sense and we discriminate other fellow humans... Then why not a dog with 5 senses can discriminate? there is no wonder...

And may be I think there is no difference between those who discriminate and those who discriminate are none other than dogs...

Bharathi said...
August 13, 2009 at 6:44 PM

@ Shankar: Thanks for your empathysing comment. Hope your comment would help us all from discriminating.

Shankar said...
August 13, 2009 at 7:24 PM

@bharathi: i think no one here is a dog...

and u have been tagged buddy....i am eagerly waiting for ur answer..please check..

Bharathi said...
August 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM

@ Shankar: Hope so :-) . will check ur tag.

Mr.R said...
August 13, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Dogs are territorial animals. They mark there areas and they defend it , if they sense someone intruding and messing around their area. They do have a sharp sensory power or may be dislike for shabby clothes. Or from the point of Dog's angle , the ragpicker is poking his nose around the garbage area where the Dogs gleefully hunt for food items ! Ofcourse , thanks to evolutionary classes , they would have picked up some lessons in making out a people by their dresses ! Have you noticed dogs crossing the roads more cautiously than the 95% of Indian citizen on Indian roads ?! Good learners I should say.

And about our discrimination. We are also animals. Social animals they say but in truth worst than that. Casteism is the worst form of discrimination if you ask me , in Indian context. Then comes the whole range of discrimination by means of commercialization , convenience , social status etc etc like some of that you mentioned in your posts .. No one can claim not to be free from discrimination bug. We are all infected knowingly , unknowingly..

Shilpa said...
August 13, 2009 at 8:36 PM

i agree sir, discrimination is everywhere. nice views but you did not point out gender discrimination.Being a girl i feel it often...

VISHNU said...
August 13, 2009 at 10:58 PM

thoughtful.. ur jingoism was beautifully written.. shall i add 1 more discrimination.. the important one prevailin among indians.. discrimination based on geography/ state of domicile..

maharastrians r jus so proud..
punjabies are a bunch of idiots..
bengalies are such cowards..
malayalies r too stingy..
goltis r too ruf n tuf..
n stuff like tht..

Shilpa Garg said...
August 13, 2009 at 11:28 PM

A profound thought, indeed!

We have gender discrimination and discrimination in pregnancy too!!

The Survivor said...
August 14, 2009 at 3:39 AM

Discrimination exists everywhere and one cannot escape from it.

The solution for such issues are hard to come by...

Bharathi said...
August 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM

@Mr. R: Regarding the dog incident, you are right and you can take that only as a point of provocation for me to think on this topic.
Regarding your other part of comment, I am glad that you understood my point of view. Thanks a lot.

@ Shilpa: Welcome to this blog. I am happy to see you comment here. Thanks a lot. Keep visiting.
Regarding your comment, I did mention about the gender biases in the second para. But I didn’t elaborateit because I want to touch some issues that hasn’t got much attention. But I believe gender biases are most important and age old biases that mankind (see gender bias :-)) practices.

@ Vishnu: You made an important point. It adds value to this post. Thanks a lot for doing this.

@ Shilpa Garg: I would like to give the same answer that I gave to another Shilpa. Thanks for commenting.

@ Survivor: thanks pal for expressing the same thought as in the post.

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August 14, 2009 at 1:29 PM

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Cheers said...
August 15, 2009 at 2:11 AM

Happy Indi Day :)

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan hehe :)


VISHNU said...
August 15, 2009 at 2:18 AM

its one of russell peters favourite line..

Sumit said...
August 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

That was indeed an insightful post. I think a large proportion of discrimination also stems from plain insensitivity.

For example, there was that ad about a West Indian suffering on a tour of India. It was blatantly racial but perhaps the ad makers simply forgot to consider that perspective while designing the ad.

All said and done, it is still a crime.

P.S. I came over to your post from blogadda, and have now become a follower of your writing. :)

Shilpa Garg said...
August 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Congratulations!! Your this post got selected as Spicy Saturday Pick by Blogadda!! :)

pra said...
August 15, 2009 at 11:14 PM

We can see Discrimination everywhere in humans are not exceptional! But as we can think; we can reduce it to certain level where it will not hurt anybody. So we should try harder..I agree with your opinion that petriotism is also a discrimination but for survival we need it in certain amount.

Venky said...
August 16, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Thought provoking post.

I feel discrimination is part and parcel of our life. We cant help it because all are no the same. We are built that way. One beings poison is other being food it is the law of nature that is the only truth.

Nature is not fair

but certain things are unpardonable like racism casteism. By racism i dont not mean just calling names but not giving their human right to lead a life.

Megha said...
August 16, 2009 at 4:03 PM

I think discrimination occurs where we don't find the opposite person fitting in out space.

And world has always been biased over the beautiful over the ordinary, be it India or any place. That's the sad truth.

Bharathi said...
August 16, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Hi Friends, I am just back from a short holiday of two days.

@IP: Will check your post now.
@Suga: thanks and wish you the same.

@ vishnu: tks for your info.

@Sumit: Welcome to this bog. I thank you for following and leaving a nice comment. I am glad that you have similar thought. Keep visiting and keep commenting?

@Shilpa: Thanks shilpa and congratulations to you too for receiving a spicy saturday pick.

@Pra: Thanks a lot for following and leaving a comment. I agree to what you said. Keep visiting and keep commenting.

@Venky: Welcome to this blog venky. I agree to the diferences within this universe. My point is that nothing is inferior or superior. Thanks for your comment. keep visiing and commenting.

@Mega: Welcome to this blog and thanks for commenting. Actually I didnt understand your comment. can you elaborate on this please. sorry.

Vipul Grover said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Hey as i jst said on my rply 2 ur cmmnt on my post, i cudnt rtrn 2 carry on detaild discussion coz i agree with most of d things u said..
bt yeah one thing, i do notice is tht u most of d times generalise evrything in ur posts.. individually each case is absolutely right nd u hav summarisd it rightly too wn u say;
I think discrimination exists because of the fear that we would lose something that we don’t deserve
but still all these cases shud b seen individually nd they r quite varied in nature.. as i fail 2 put both
If someone seems to getting closer with our beloved ones, we instantly start developing loathe towards them
The society discriminates criminals and transgender
under a single umbrella term of Discrimination.
As u mst b knowing by now, I believe in case 2 case analysis rathr thn generalisations:)

Vipul Grover said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:16 PM

nd yeah dont b so happy about my short posts.. um in d process of writing an epic post on my particular set of beliefs.. i hop 2 post it by end of this mnth.. so strt counting ur

nd yeah nxt time plz write sumthing with which i disagree totally! i hav 2 increase my cmmnts count..
like i jst did by posting 2 cmmnts wn 1 cud do;)

Vipul Grover said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:17 PM

nd by d way how was ur trip; u jst mntiond about it in recent cmmnt..
(now thts a deliberate effrt of increasing my cmmnts count.. lol)

Bharathi said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:25 PM

@Vipul: I agre with you. Yes, we can not put personal loathe that we develop and societal discrimination of transgenders under one umbrella because the effect of both varies to maximum extent. My intention here is to inform everyone that we should not keep pointing out fingers on others and should not be satisfied with the slow measures that government take on known discriminations. Instead we need to identify even the smallest discriminations within ourselves and try to clear it away.

Bharathi said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:41 PM

@Vipul: Hey pal, what a surprise. I also decided to write a post on my set of beliefs under the title "the choices I would like to make". great. I m eagerly waiting for yours then.

Hello Shankar, look here. This man is cheating to take your position :-)

We went to Kodai. nice weather. I went with three of my selective friends. It was a nice trip. We enjoyed. Thanks.

pawan said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Everyone is biased dude!
Poor things how do Dogs decide upon people?, they can't talk can they?!

But if there is any solution to this colour bias it is in the movie "American History X", do watch it, its a pity our film-makers don't plagiarize it!

Vipul Grover said...
August 16, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Hey, in tht sense u r spot on.. evn i wrote sumthing similar in my poem Are you just one of thm nd the corresponding post.. tht politics is just d reflection of society nd society is made up of individuals nd their biases:)
nd yeah do write about love, i really wanna know wat u think bout it.. nd frm wat all dimensions u luk at it:)
about d post i talkd about, its more of my belief in god nd religion. though i know for myslf bt its all mixd up nd um finding right wrds 2 put frwd my point of view. Just trying 2 decode it, u may say:)
nd hey um not cheating; evrything is fair in luv, war nd blog cmmnts ;)

Bharathi said...
August 16, 2009 at 8:27 PM

@ Pawan: As I said early in my comment, I am not blaming dogs. It was just an incident that ignited me to think on discrimination.

Will try to watch that movie soon.

@Vipul: Its nice that we share more common thoughts.
Its about God and sounds more interesting. Mine, doesnt cover only that, it will also have other points.end of this monh is no too far. so I can wait.
OK. I will agree to your last statement.

Attitude tees said...
October 10, 2009 at 11:44 PM

I have a pit bull puppy that is gentle, nice, and friendly. My mom and step dad keep saying that I should get rid of it. But they also voted for George Bush and plan to vote for Mccain. Should I listen to them?

Bharathi said...
October 11, 2009 at 11:49 AM

@ Attitude tees: LOL. I suggest you to keep it with you

RSV said...
October 17, 2009 at 11:12 PM

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So, I would like you to take out some of your precious time and gimme a small writeup introducing this post in about 40-50 words to mail
I would also appreciate it if you could nominate some more posts(including yours) which can be pinned up on my wall.

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Bharathi said...
October 18, 2009 at 1:46 PM

@ RSV: Thanks a lot pal. I am really honoured.

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