In our younger days, there were no lower or upper castes. Jatts, tarkhan, Lohar, chamar, bania, banjara, sikligar, pandit, bhaiji, granthi etc were all professions that were essentially required for society for their day-to-day function. All were respected and treated equally and none of them was considered above the other. They were all called chachas and tayas by us. There was no bar for any of them from going to gurdwara and performing any function in a religious place. All sat in one line while having langar food. Things, however, changed with reservation and granting SC, ST status when distances started emerging and reached this dangerous scale.