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Indian Culture And Traditions

Demystifying Caste
By Sanjeev Nayyar, Auguest 2012 [esamskriti@suryaconsulting.net]

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Whenever the word caste is used it is assumed to have a negative connotation. I have always asked myself ‘If India was divided by caste as people say today how did our civilization survive for over 5,000 years and become amongst the richest nations at some point’.

In order to demystify caste I am sharing a small presentation. It asks why are Hindus defensive about caste, different nomenclatures for the backwards, tit bits about caste, why China does not have a vibrant private sector, pointers on caste and what can you do.

Suppose the Media and Government were to stop referring to the caste of individual citizens and decide to treat all citizens equally we would, over time, forget the caste of friends and foes. Alas that is not the case.

To read presentation in PDF format click here.

Also read –
When Caste was not a bad word by sanjeev nayyar
Indigenous Education in the 18th century by Dharampalji – the author has reproduced reports written by English citizens from British Archives which shows that around 1820 the maximum number of scholars in Madras Presidency (consists of parts of modern day Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh) were Sudras.
Vedas on Caste by sanjay rao
Sri Aurobindo’s views on Caste briefly expressed in September 1907
Caste made into Evil by Dharampalji from the book Rediscovering India
Impact of Census 1881 by Dharampalji
Understanding caste a chakkar by ram lingam
Religion not caste behind reservations by radha rajan

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