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Transcript of CASTE SYSTEM
By: Arrchana Pradeepan
About my book...
About my book...
A Good Indian Wife
South Indian Hindu Culture
3 Perspective book
San Francisco & South India
(CIA World Factbook-July 2013)
* NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE *
- official language of the government
- subsidiary official language
14 other official languages
Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi & Sanskrit
Hindu - 80.5%
Muslim - 13.4%
Christians - 2.3%
Sikh - 1.9%
Other - 1.8%
Unspecified - 0.1%
Corruption in Government
Hindus vs Muslims
Growing gab between
rich and poor
by Caste System
A hierarchy that divides society
into 5 main hereditary groups
(priests, teachers, scholars)
(royalty, nobility, Warriors)
(merchants, lenders & landlords - business people)
(peasants, servants, skilled labor)
(outcastes, include 2 main types; Dalits - street sweepers, butcher, handle waste & Chandala - disposal of corpses)
What is it...?
How did it originate...?
What is the current problem?
- adapted by Priests long ago
(10,000 years +)
- Referenced ancient book: Manusmriti
- Quotes Manu's words
(first king to rule the earth)
(creation myth associated with him)
Tolerating the System...
- not much discrimination back then
- "DO YOUR DUTY" - Bhagavad Gita
Do your duty to the best of your ability without worrying about the results. A farmer has control over how he works his land, yet no control over the harvest. But, he cannot expect a harvest if he does not work his land.
do your duty to the best of your ability as a service to God
lead to violence
can't enter temple
Who has power...?
the upper classes
What is being done?
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
teach the younger generation not to discrimnate
stricter laws with punishment
encourage people to not share caste
have ways to report discrimination faster
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