caste in india

Caste system affect Indian society. The caste system is prevalent in India ever since the beginning of our civilization. There is an interesting story behind this caste system. In the early Vedic age, society was divided into castes based on the work they were associated with. For example, a teacher who also happened to be a priest in those times were known for belonging to the Brahmin caste, the warriors were termed as Kshatriya class and likewise, there were Vaishya and Shudras who were labelled based on their work. But in the later Vedic era, things started to change abruptly.

Just like every other institution, whenever there is stagnancy in it, corruption and illogical beliefs creep in! Soon the caste system was made further rigid and it became based on heredity! Caste which was once known for labelling people based on their profession then became hereditary. The worst part was that the concept of superiority and inferiority chorded in. Brahmins were known as the upper caste and the Shudras became the ‘Untouchables’.

Caste System in India over the years

Indian society is diverse. It is based on many divisions but what is extremely shocking is the fact that we have still not overgrown the rigid caste system from our society. The caste system was strongly prevalent in India even in the pre-independent and post-independent eras. It was extremely easy to suppress the people who belonged to the ‘lower’ cast as was set by the society. They got termed as ‘Dalit’ and this Dalit oppression still exists in many states of India even now!

Today’s picture

This generation is divided into two groups. Urban and rural. In the rural ides, even now inter-caste marriages are not that common but when it comes to the urban society it has somewhat become liberal in this aspect. And yes, India is yet not over its caste system and maybe it will take years for us to get out of this bubble.

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