The Caste System of India

by Jesse on

Is caste system still alive in India? Though the world had been civilized, the influence of caste system is seen to the Indian people. What is a caste system? The caste system is a class structure used in the ancient Indian society which is linked to Hinduism. Hinduism is the largest religion in India and it is undeniable that there is a political impact of Hinduism through the caste system, which is considered to be the oldest and resilient concept used.

The caste system had been divided into subgroups. First is the Brahman, the highest caste. Members in this subgroup are priests and scholars. They maintain spiritual and intellectual order. second, the Kshatriyas subgroup, known to be the warrior class. They fight in wars and manage the government. It is their job to maintain political order. The third subgroup is the Vaisyas. Individuals in this subgroups include skilled craftsmen, landowners, merchants and sometimes minor officials. The last subgroup in the caste system is the Shudras. Their role is to serve.

 

They are unskilled laborers and farm tenders. Out from the four subgroups is the untouchables class. They are the people who often clean the excrement of various animals. Primarily, the point of the caste system is stability. The work of the lower class allows for the existence of the higher class. Though it aims for stability, the bad side is that it restricts social mobility. For an instance, a person belonging to the untouchable class cannot be a Brahmin for life even if let’s say, he or she has the ability to become one.

 

 

Written by: Jesse