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information on India - The Caste System

In ancient India there developed a social system in which people were divided into separate close communities. These communities are known in English as caste. The origin of the caste system is in Hinduism, but it affected the whole Indian society. The caste system in the religious form is basically a simple division of society in which there are four castes arranged in a hierarchy and below them the outcast. But socially the caste system was more complicated, with much more castes and sub-castes and other divisions. Legally the government disallows the practice of caste system but has a policy of affirmative discrimination of the backward classes.


The Religious form of the caste system

The Confusing Caste System

Untouchables

The non-Hindus in caste system

The Beginning of the caste system

Caste system in modern India


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Books

Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.

In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India

The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions


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