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The Caste System:

A Comparison  of Traditionalism and the Modernism

Jeet Shah

Dhanush Gummala


Introduction:  The Caste System implemented in India has caused a contrast/ conflict in which the people of India today question.  The major idea that is questioned is Modernism vs. Traditionalism.  The old ideas that were more strict have loosened up as time has progressed into the modernized socitey today.  Some say that its ideas are still portrayed in India's society, but the opposing side says that its rules have been dispersed from society.  Arranged marriages to people only of the same caste have denied "love marriages" for years and years.  Now in days, people may wed whom ever they please to.  Has the system lightened up, or disappeared?  Also, the caste system in traditional times told its followers what their Dharma, or duty, in life was, but now people have broken out of this trance and have made the decision based on who they are.  The last conflict caused by traditionalism and modernism are the status of a person.  A status being a person's wealth and level (ex. Brahmin), has dominated society by divinding people, and today, people may live as one, despite background.  This topic was chosen because the caste system is an interesting topic that help explains the rest of India's history.  The restrictions and limitations that shaped the history help explain the actions of its people.  Lastly, we picked this because, as fellow Indian members, we would like to explore how are our people have been seperated, and then brought back together as one. 






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