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CASTE SYSTEM

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CASTE SYSTEM
India's
By: Arrchana Pradeepan
About my book...
About my book...
Title:

A Good Indian Wife
By:
Anne Cherian
Dominant Culture:
South Indian Hindu Culture
3 Perspective book
Leila
Neel
Caroline
Setting:
San Francisco & South India
India
Republic of
South Asia
Population: 1,220,800,359
(CIA World Factbook-July 2013)
* NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE *

Hindi
- official language of the government
English
- subsidiary official language

14 other official languages
Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi & Sanskrit
Largest Democracy
Language
Religion
Hindu - 80.5%
Muslim - 13.4%
Christians - 2.3%
Sikh - 1.9%
Other - 1.8%
Unspecified - 0.1%
Poverty
Pollution
Female Abuse
Dowry
Arranged Marriages
Child Begging
Corruption in Government
Hindus vs Muslims
Growing gab between
rich and poor
Violence Created
by Caste System
Population
stabilization
India
A hierarchy that divides society
into 5 main hereditary groups
Caste
System
Brahmins
Kshatriyas
Vaishyas
Shudras
Untouchables
(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)
Brahmins
Kshatriyas
Vaishyas
Shudras
Untouchables
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
Discrimination
inter-caste marriages
lead to violence
school application
Job application
disrespect
can't enter temple
Who has power...?
Powerful:
the upper classes
government
police
Powerless
Lower classes
What is being done?
individual campaigns....
http://www.theworld.org/2012/06/caste-discrimination-india/
(2:25)
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
My solutions...
teach the younger generation not to discrimnate
stricter laws with punishment
encourage people to not share caste
have ways to report discrimination faster
Work Cited
"ABSTRACT OF SPEAKERS' STRENGTH OF LANGUAGES AND MOTHER TONGUES - 2001." Census of India. Government of India - Ministry of Home Affairs, 2011. Web. 5 May 2013.
Anita. "Hockey Is Not India's National Sport?" News.oneindia.in. One India News, 3 Aug. 2012. Web. 05 May 2013.
"Caste Based Discrimination." Articles about. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013.
Cherian, Anne. A Good Indian Wife: A Novel. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Print.
"INDIA: Caste-based Discrimination against 'untouchable' Ahirwar in Madhya Pradesh." Asian Human Rights Commission. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013.
"India's Population 2013." - Population of India 2013- Current Population of India in 2013. India Online Pages, n.d. Web. 05 May 2013.
"Jati: The Caste System in India." Asia Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013.
"Major Problems in India." The Ultimate List. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013.
"THE MAIN PROBLEMS FACING INDIA TODAY." HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013.
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