Caste system in India

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  • Caste System In Ancient India

    The Ancient Indian Caste System Cultural, social, religious, wealth, and political divisions have been and still are a part of all societies. The difference between the human tendency to categorize into classes and the caste system in ancient India was that the categorization was the sole basis of people’s futures. The caste system was determined based on birth and people rarely had relations with others outside their own caste. Also, each caste, or Varna, had a certain duty to contribute to society. The four castes were called Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras. There are several theories on how the caste system in India began. Some historians believe the root cause was either religion−based or biological. According to Aharon Daniel,…

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  • Social Justice And Discrimination In The Caste System In India

    Since last two-decade higher education in India has been witnessing an increase in enrollment number across social groups such as first generation, female, rural and the lower caste students. This has changed student demographics in academic disciplines. Due to diverse students’ group on college campuses, the higher education institutions are facing diversity, social justice and discrimination issues. Caste-based discrimination is one of the issues which is pervasive across the institutions in…

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  • The Caste System In India

    What is caste ? When Portuguese travelers visited India, they first encountered caste system or race based social discrimination in 16th century. They used a Portuguese term that is “casta” which means “race”. Today, the term caste is used to describe the division of societies on the basis of social hierarchy, not only in Asia but all over the world. It is believed that only four castes exist which are divided on the basis of Brahma’s divine genius. The four existing…

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  • The Role Of The Caste System In Modern India

    ‘Animals, drums, illiterates, low castes, and women are worthy of being beaten’ (Manusmriti, a book of Hindu religious scripture). No other religion in the world had explicitly divided people on the basis of caste, creed, sex, origin or purity and pollution in the world except Hinduism which is controlled and manipulated by the caste Hindus. In Hinduism, as it is mentioned in Rig Veda, the people are divided into four varnas which was later used by the caste Hindus to divide people into…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of The Indian Caste System

    a higher caste. “The local police knew of the whereabouts of the Dalit family, but they did nothing because the rapists” came from a higher caste family (Mayell n.pag.). Even with decades of struggle to end discrimination, India today continue to face these problems. Historically within India, the main ruling force for distinguishing people’s class, religion, region, and language has been the Indian Caste System. Although all societies have many forms of differentiating these in their culture,…

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  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Caste

    • The caste was a subdivision of the communities in the Indian social order which was broadly divided into four Varnas. • Varna is a much older system of classification than Jati. • Caste helped in identification within one’s own Varna. • Caste system of classification got degraded into the modern caste system. VARNA Varna agency colour, and was a framework for classifying humans aboriginal acclimated in Vedic Indian society. It is referred to frequently in the age-old Indian texts. The four…

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  • What Is Caste Discrimination?

    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…

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  • Caste System Essay

    A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CASTE SYSTEM: The Caste system in India, which is believed to be more than two thousand years old, was supposedly formed on the basis of the occupation that one was involved in. The caste system originally meant to divide the people on the basis of their occupation like teaching and preaching (Brahmins), kingship and war (Kshatriya), business (vaishyas) and Servants doing menial jobs (Shudras) etc. but soon it became the means to divide the society into various sections…

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  • Similarities Between Gupta Dynasty And Han Dynasty

    From simple agricultural civilizations to large and advanced empires, the Classical Period, from 1000 B.C.E. to 500 C.E., was one of the most important and developmental periods in human history. During this period, several large civilizations developed in the Middle East and Asia. These civilizations made many advancements in areas such as politics, economy, technology, art, and religion. Two major civilizations that developed during the classical period were China and the Indian subcontinent.…

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  • Caste System Essay

    Even though the caste system was outlawed nearly fifty years ago, it still finds a role in today’s Indian society. Socially, caste is a thing of the past. It’s not acknowledged in casual situations, but that does not mean it has disappeared completely. Two factors major factors are still keeping the caste system relevant in society: human nature to associate with a group and the modern democratic system’s emphasis on group representation. As individuals, we find strength in numbers.…

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