India’s Society and Social Relations. November 3, 2008. Main questions. How diverse is India? Is it diversity or inequality? What is the caste system? Does it still exist? What is the relationship between different religious communities in India?
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November 3, 2008
(producers of knowledge, particularly theology and
interpretation of religious texts
Khsatriya (ruling classes/ political elites/warriors)
Vaishya (business classes)
Sudra (manual and menial labourers)
Untouchables, now called Dalits (the downtrodden)
His two main thesis were:
It became illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste or religion
Untouchability was abolished by law
Untouchables came to be categorized as Scheduled Castes
More faces of discriminationWhat happened at Independence
Even with conservative estimates, it appears that more than 50% of India’s population suffers systematic disadvantage and depravation
On the 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognising the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic life, we shall by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of democracy which this Constituent Assembly has so laboriously built up.
underlying social, political and economic structures (rather than factors such as lower access to education or jobs).
How did India try to address them?
Did they work?