It is hard to ignore the oppression that has occurred for thousands of years with the caste system. Clearly, the caste system is simply another term for slavery. The system forces a “lower” group of people into submission and service for a “higher” group o f people. This lower group receives inadequate treatment and lacks the privileges and luxuries of the higher groups, simply based on birth. Not only is such a system harmful to the relationships of the Indian people with one another, it is bad for the Indian economy as well. The most successful India will be one which affords the same opportunities to all people, regardless of social status at birth. The ability to move between social and economic classes drives innovation and stimulates development. However, the caste system stifles progress and eliminates opportunity for a large portion of the Indian people. The negatives effects of the caste system are clear and far reaching. India has taken steps in recent years to eliminate the caste system from its society. However, a tradition as old and rooted as the caste system is going to take time to abolish. This will require a fundamental difference in the way Indians think. Human rights activist, Yogesh Varhade, said it this way, “ Society needs to dismantle the thinking that assigns superiority and inferiority on the basis of birth .” (Kala). There have been some encouraging progressions recently, which have begun to eliminate the caste system from Indian society entirely. A government program was established which gives “untouchables” a percentage of government jobs and saves spots in school for them.
This is only the beginning of the solution. The sheer irrationality of organizing occupations based on birth should be reason alone to eliminate the caste system. It is hard not to consider geniuses that may have been born into a lower caste and thus, not afforded the opportunity for an education, never had the chance to make an impact. Progress must be continued. India and its people must continue to move to a society in which all of its people are free to innovate and live their lives as they wish, regardless of status at birth.
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