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Is the Caste System Being Outcasted Through the Marriages of the Indian People?


 By Camila Ash and Prachi Bhardwaj      A2


     The caste system in India is slowly being neglected as the modern world influences the people of India. Although India is a diverse country with multiple tongues, religions, and way-of-life, the caste system is something that helped distinct the peoples. Those in the lower caste believed that it was their dharma to perform good deeds and therefore have good karma. In this way, they believed that once they died, they would be moved up the caste system through the use of samsara. In modern India, many people are not applying the use of the caste system with their lives. The people realized as the caste system faded, the quarrels and conflicts diminished. Therefore, those who are educated, middle class, or high class, generally avoid classifying castes in society. Most castes associate with others in society. For example, before, women were allowed to marry only within caste or higher caste. Men were only allowed to marry within class or lower. Nowadays, these principles are somewhat applied, but not as strict as they were before. In fact, Mr. and Mrs. Bhardwaj are both of two different castes. The principle of man marrying lower caste, is still applied in this case. Those in the rural areas are not as educated within villages. Most are still very strict about religious aspects of life because they often do not get the taste of the modern world in the urban areas. To summarize, uneducated people are following the caste system, as it is how they were raised to live their lives; educated people are advancing in India's growing economy and abandoning the caste practices. To prove that the practice of these principles are more likely to be seen in poverty, we will relate caste systems and marriages in India. We picked this topic because Prachi's parents are a living example of the caste system marriages.


Modern Marriages                                                                       VS.                                                Traditional Marriages




(This is a modern Brahmin wedding but in this case the woman                                                               (This is a traditional Brahmin wedding in which the woman is of      


 is of the lower caste, Kshatriya. The male is a Brahmin. This wedding                                                      the same caste because the strict practice of the caste system


 took place about 17 years ago, but it depicts that the strict caste                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                         was still applied.)

 principles are not applied as much nowadays.)                                                                                                         





















 Mock Dialogue


Modern Wedding People= MWP


Traditional Wedding People= TWP


MWP: “Omg! We’re married!”


TWP: “Oh that’s great! We are too. Let’s all go have a Brahmin party!!”


MWP: “What is a Brahmin party?”


TWP: “A party for Brahmins!”


MWP: “But my wife’s side is Kshatriya. Can’t we all just have a party together?”


TWP:*awkward silence followed by uproarious laughter*


MWP: “Why is that funny?”


TWP: “You’re joking, right?!”


MWP: “No. My wife is a Kshatriya. There is nothing wrong with that. She is still the same person. Caste or no caste.”


TWP: “But you are the highest caste! Why are you marrying someone of a lower class? You will never achieve moksha with lower caste member as your spouse.”


MWP: “There is nothing wrong with marrying those of a lower caste, especially nowadays. Our caste system diminished when Indians were united against the British.”


TWP: “Psh. British Smritish. You let them affect our religious practices?! How could your generation do such a horrible thing?!”


MWP: “We actually did something much better for India. We united a nation of divided people. The British coming to India was a blessing in disguise. The educated people realized that the caste system was our biggest conflict. Now, it isn’t practiced anymore.”


TWP: “Well, we’re not gonna lie, but I guess you’re right. You all seem so much happier with weddings of your choice to whatever caste you desire. We thank you for improving our country. We love you!”


MWP: “Psh. Don’t mention it.”



Works Cited

Sheela, J., and N. Audinarayana. "Mate selection and female age at marriage: a micro level investigation in Tamil Nadu, India." Journal of Comparative Family Studies 34.4 (2003): 497+. InfoTrac Diversity Studies Collection. Web. 13 May 2011.



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_____ (3)  Original title.  First name, last initial and section right below title

_____ (7) Introductory paragraph develops contrast and/or conflict, explains reasons for topic choice

_____ (4)  At least 2 large quality images, (high resolution), URL cited

_____ (8) Visual images with captions,  captures “tug of war”

_____ (8) “Mock dialogue” between characters/persons representing both sides in the tradition vs. modernity tug of war.  Be imaginative and creative.

______ 30 pts






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