What Is Caste Discrimination?

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Society exists typically in a hierarchical manner whereby when one level is removed; another is immediately put in place. As a result, it is easier to find subdivisions in a particular group of people because this contributes to the exploitation of members that are considered to be of lower social significance but whose economic output is exploited. This is a notion that is exemplified by the documentary by Stalin K regarding caste discrimination in India (Kurup, 2007). According to Dalit Solidarity Network DSN (n.d. Par. 2), a caste system is a divisionary social and economic system whereby rights are accorded by birth and hereditary. As such, it is a never ending cycle in which the underprivileged are condemned to a life of suffering even …show more content…
However, society, as occurs in most settings, is built to favor one person over the other. In Stalin K’s documentary introduces the segmentation that exists in India where even a village is divided into upper and lower castes and the most traumatizing thing is that people who are considered poorer are made to take off their sandals when entering the high levels of the village (Kurup, 2007). The divide enables members of the upper caste to control the lower members known as the Dalit. In fact, Dalits are known to fall below the poverty line because of the inherent inequality and they have no voice regarding decision-making and other important facets of inclusivity such as participation in public life (IDSN, 2009: 4). From the enormity of the problem, the only conclusion one can form is that authorities know of the existence of the vice but ignore it or they are also participants or benefit from such as system and they can, therefore, do nothing about …show more content…
This can be said to be the ballooning population of the Indian people. As a result, the upper level or the privileged Indians are born with the impression that they are entitled to service from the lesser Indians branded – Dalits (Kurup, 2007). It would be argued that the government has instituted measures that are meant to help change the situation, however, most of the policy developments and debates are left at the discussion or passing of law state. This is because they are rarely implemented in the regions they are needed. As such, the breaking of law continues to be aided by the police and the judicial system because offenders of these acts are not effectively admonished so as to prevent similar occurrences. An efficient method that the government could use is public sensitization whereby people are made aware that everyone is equal under the country’s national constitution as to eliminate the prejudice. This is however not the case because institutions meant to bridge the gap between the past and changing times are helplessly dependent on the same system for survival and can, therefore, do little to nothing about

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