People in India continue to agitate and organise themselves to protest against some evils that continue to perpetuate in the society — caste being one of them. While there are people who became successful to an extent in eradicating stereotypes pertaining to caste, many continue to be oppressed. But in a small village called Janwaar in Madhya Pradesh, children are breaking through caste barriers and building friendships in a unique way.
The two prominent caste communities that have been living in Janwaar since decades is Adivasis and Yadavs. Like in many other parts of India, these communities were far from friendly with each other. So much so, that even kids knew about the caste divisions and followed them strictly; well because, that is what they were taught to.
Children of the Yadav caste would not mingle with the Adivasi caste children and would not even go near them because they did not want to be touched by the Adivasis. An enlightening video posted by 101 India on Facebook, however, shows that things are much different now. Ulrike Reinhard from Germany constructed India’s first rural skatepark here in 2015 with the objective of providing for children here an environment of self-dependency and self-learning, in addition to building community consciousness and education.
The children from both the caste today, withholding any sort of caste barricades, skate barefoot. There has been a visible positive change in the village now. The timid girl who would not meet eyes with others, because she was afraid to, now skateboards and she smilingly says it feels like flying. There’s no more fear. Today, the children do not just skate, they go to school too.
Little children share more such positive anecdotes in the video. Watch the video here.
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