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We live in a very religious world, some of the most common buildings in the word represent belief or can be traced back to some form of belief. India is the largest religiously pluralistic and multiethnic democracy in the world, its make-up affords for the independence of conscience and the right to acknowledge, exercise and spread belief. They provide shields for minorities against discernment based on religion or caste. In 1976, the constitution was modified, publicly making the country a secular state. The caste system is a Hindu conception of the social order that states people are different, and different people will fit well into different aspects of society. Social order or social class. India’s caste system is a social structure that divides different groups into ranked categories. Members of “higher” castes have a greater social status than individuals of a “lower” caste. The caste system splits Hindus into four main classes - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Starting at the top of the pyramid were the Brahmins, who were primarily the educators or priests and were said to come directly from Brahma's head. Next followed the Kshatriyas, who
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