The Caste System In India

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Caste System has been a huge part of Indian discernment. It has not only affected India culturally but also socially and economically, in fact Manual Scavenging is a direct result of the archaic caste based system that exists in India. It is an antediluvian system of social stratum dividing the people of the country based on their lineage and confining them to certain occupations. Caste-based social organization is governed by custom and is enforced socially and economically 6 Irrespective of the religion practiced by an individual, caste in India is hereditary in nature. The caste system in India affects not only the stratification of people in the society it also affects them economically.
Dalits or the so called ‘untouchables’ are at the bottom of the social pecking order while the Brahmins are supposed to be at the top of this social order. Due to their position in the social hierarchy the Dalits have been a target of social discrimination. There are considered unworthy and have limited means of earning their livelihood, hence they are forced to do menial jobs to earn a living, they are given work that is considered disreputable and discreditable by the so called Upper Caste. Due to their position in social hierarchy they have to undergo many forms of social and communal bias. , Dalit communities are still denied access to community water sources, denied service by barbers, served tea in separate cups, barred from entering shops, excluded from temples, and prevented
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