Climbing The Stairs: The Indian Caste System

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The Indian caste system has played a major role in the lives of Indians and the treatment of each other, even though it is now outlawed. This is shown in the novel Climbing The Stairs. The caste system has divided the people, by job, status and income, but there have been recent changes to modify the system.

The caste system originated over 2,000 years ago and has deeply influenced the Indian culture. The caste system began with four main groups, the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras. There was a fifth group, the untouchables. The untouchables were the lowest class, they were even considered to be outside the caste system. The groups have had to expand and have different branches because of the new jobs and growing amount of people.
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Kitta in the book “Climbing The Stairs” was in the Brahmin caste, but enrolled in the war force and was disowned by his family, Venkatraman writes, “If you join the army...You’ll be dead to me and the rest of this family. Forever” (Venkatraman, 179). The form of how women are treated can vary by household, for example in Vidyas home in Bombay, she, her mother, and their servants were all very well treated, but when the family had to move to Periappa’s house all of the women are treated as less than the men and have to serve them and very rarely

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