The Untouchables are the weariest, most loathed and the most miserable people that history can witness. They area spent and sacrificed people. To use the language of Shelley they are—
To put it in simple language the Untouchables have been completely overtaken by a sense of utter frustration. As Mathew Arnold says[f1] "life consists in the effort to affirm one's own essence ; meaning by this, to develop one's own existence fully and freely, to have ample light and air, to be neither (. . . . . . .)[f2] nor overshadowed. Failure to affirm ones own essence is simply another name for frustration. Its non fulfilment of one's efforts to do the best, the withering of one's faculties, the stunting of one's personality. "
Many people suffer such frustrations in their history. But they soon recover from the blight and rise to glory again with new vibrations. The case of the Untouchables stands on a different footing. Their frustration is frustration for ever. It is unrelieved by space or time.
In this respect the story of the Untouchables stands in strange contrast with that of the Jews.
Their captivity in Egypt was the first calamity that visited the Jewish people. As the Bible says
We can now explain why the Untouchables have suffered frustration. They have no plus condition of body and mind. They have nothing in their dull drab deadening past for a hope of a rise in the future to feed upon. This is due to no fault of theirs. The frustration which is their fate is the result of the unpropitious social environment born out of the Hindu Social Order which is so deadly inimical to their progress.
Their fate is entirely unbearable. As Carlyle has said—
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Some are thinking of revolutions, even bloody revolutions to overthrow the Hindu Social Order. All are saying what Cabli Williams once said—
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Such is the degree of frustration they feel
The Covenant with God may be interpreted to mean in the language of Emerson a plus condition of mind and body. As Emerson has said " Success is constitutional-depends, on a plus condition of mind and body—on power of work—on courage. Success goes invariably with a certain plus or positive power: An ounce of Power must balance an ounce of weight."
If the Jews rose after their first captivity, it was primarily because of their plus condition of mind and body. This plus condition of mind and body can arise from two sources. It can arise from reliance on God. God, if nothing else is at least a source of power and in emergency man needs mental power, the plus condition of mind and body which is necessary for success. There is therefore nothing wrong in the suggestion that the Jews succeeded because of their Covenant of God if it is interpreted in the right way.
This plus condition of body and mind is also the result of Social Environment, if the Environment is propitious. In a society where there is exemption from restraint, a secured release from obstruction, in a society where every man is entitled not only to the means of being, but also of well-being, where no man is forced to labour so that another may abound in luxuries, where no man is deprived of his right to cultivate his faculties and powers so that there may be no competition with the favoured, where there is emphasis of reward by mento, where there is goodwill towards all, (Further portion of this part is erased and not legible—ed.)