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Magic Caste System

By: Matthew G. and Vishnu M.





This is caste system pyramid, it contains all castes from lowest to highest.







We chose the title because the caste system disappears and reappears at times like a magic trick.


The caste system


         In modern India, the caste system seems to have fade away, but there are still some minimal traces. In the old days, the caste system was very important. People would control others personal life on what caste they were residing with. For example, people did not want to touch or even be in the presence of untouchables( which was the lowest class). Still today, if someone sees a poor man, they assume that he is from a lower class or the untouchables. Also the caste system continues to play an important part in government nowadays. As India modernizes the tradition is left behind. The older generation that are more religious are against this modernization because some still believe in the caste system being important. The whole idea of the caste system was based off of the Hindu religion. However the youth of India are more modern and less religious, since they are less religious they don't take the caste system into mind. This leads to the modern day question of whether or not the caste system should still be around. The younger people are against it and the older generation are for keeping it. In modern vs. traditional the caste system is a double side argument. Like I said, the older generation are with it while the younger generation are for extincting it. The main way the caste system is appearing is when someone judges another person. If someone sees a poor person, they assume that they are residing in a lower caste, and if someone sees a rich person, they automatically decide that they are from a high caste. Many people are forgetting this system that once ruled the land of India long ago. My prediction is that it will become extinct with sometime.



      I'd like to give some background info on the caste system and each of its levels. The caste system was developed very long ago. It came from the Hindu religions, with five major levels. The highest level is the Brahmins. The Brahmins are basically priests and they are the most respected out of all. Next comes the Kshatriya's which are the warriors and kings(royalty). Then the next level is Vaisya which are basically merchants and average people. The fourth level is the Sudra, these people were considered the poor people in olden times. The last level is the untouchables, this level was the worst treated. Though it wasn't considered an "official" part of the caste system. No one in the olden times wanted to be in the presence of an untouchable. They were considered monsters and many horrible things.





Mock Dialogue:


The setting set here is a normal conversation of an Indian youth and his grandfather( a man that lived in a time where the caste system thrived). The Indian youth is about to get married to someone below his caste, and his grand father isn't the most thrilled one around.


Boy: I can't wait to get married!


Grand father: You should rethink this, you are marrying below your caste.


Boy: Silly grandfather, the caste system is nearly nonexistent now days.


Grand father: In my days, NO one married above and it was a shame to marry below your caste. You should carry on the tradition.


Boy: It is such a unethical tradition. I will not abide by it.


Grandfather: Fine, go on your own path and do not follow my tradition!


Boy: Fine, I will.


Grandfather:*(shaking head) you will understand someday


Boy: I know what is right.






**After marriage


*Grandfather gives dirty looks to the wife.

In this picture, people are trying to "cast out the case system" implying they want to get rid of the caste system.. This shows that not all of the older generation is for the caste system like many people presume.







Subramanian, Narendra. "Caste and Democracy." Encyclopedia of India. Ed. Stanley Wolpert. Vol. 1. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 219-222. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 9 May. 2011.


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