Essay - Imagine having your whole life already planned out...

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Imagine having your whole life already planned out for you. Typical children around the world, grow up thinking they can become anything they want – a police officer, a lawyer or even the President. However in India, the caste system keeps a shackle around their ambitions. The Hindu caste system is unique in the world because it is a social structure that differentiates people by their social status. Each caste had its own specific place in society. They socialized, ate, married, worked, and worshipped within their own caste. Although the Caste system has been illegal for more than fifty years, it is still followed by the majority of Indians and continues to shape the people’s lives. Being from a low caste, from childhood itself, put me at an unfair disadvantage compared to everyone else. However moving to America, “the land of the free”, got rid of this grip on my life. Here, there are no such social barriers that plan out people’s lives. Having been fused with both the caste based environment and the “free” environment in America has changed my life for the better. The clash of identities have also made me realize not take anything for granted and to fully appreciate the fact that you can do what you want to do, rather than what you are born to do. Education is one of the many things the dreaded caste system has a tight leash on. In India the poverty rates are fairly high, so receiving a good education, is one of the main priorities parents have for their children. They want their kids to successful and to have a
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better life than the poverty – stricken lifestyle their parents had. When one is in a low caste however, it seems like almost everything is against them. First they aren’t allowed to go to certain school because they are considered inferior. They schools they are allowed to go are nothing but a small beat down shack, with bugs crawling on the clay
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