Explain the theme of caste system in rural india as depicted in the short story A Horse and Two Goats by R.K Narayan.
R. K. Narayan shows the caste system in rural India through his short story ‘A Horse and Two Goats’. Muni belongs to a lower caste in the Hindu society where only the Brahmins, the highest caste people could go to school in his childhood. Thus Muni has been deprived of formal education and for that matter has been a victim of many such social injustice. He is forced to lead a life full of poverty and hunger.
Brahmins used to lead the society and preach the poor people of leading a virtuous life so that they could get rewards after the world got destroyed. Probably leading a life full of suppression made people like Muni afraid of any external factor and submissive to the usual life. Muni says how the village headman “goes mad at the sight” of him and how he wrongly thinks that it was he and his goats who had stolen a pumpkin from his garden. This is an evidence of how poor people were looked down upon and suppressed by the people belonging to the upper caste and class. The story represents not only the discrimination based on caste system but also the the difference of social classes.