Caste: One Of The Greatest Enemies Of Indian Politics Ari Salsberg


The image above depicts the caste system in India. Each person is born into a caste and lives in that caste for their whole lives. Although it is considered illegal, many people still follow this ancient way of 'ranking' each other. In modern day India there are also many smaller groups of people in between these main castes. "[The caste system,] it’s the equivalent, in America, of expecting the Asian kid to have good grades, the black man to be the best dancer and the Jewish guy to be well-read and have some slight mother issues."


This image show the results from a poll taken that asked whether or not people thought that caste influence the political election. It tended to be that more of the well-educated and wealthy and older thought that it did influence the election, while the younger and poorer people and less educated tended to have thought that it did not effect the election (as much). While caste can play a dominant role in rural India, for a younger, more educated generation - and especially for those in the larger cities - it is less important. About half of the voters in a highly educated city called Bangalore said that caste is the most important reason to vote for a candidate.


India is the largest democracy in the world, and democracy and caste are exact opposites. The exact definition of democracy is “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.” This also means that everyone’s vote is equal. Unlike in democracy, in castes, some people are higher up or lower than others. The problem that this creates is that in democracy, the government is supposed to try to support most people’s views. The majority of India are those in the two lowest castes (Sudra and Untouchables), but it would not be right according to the caste system because theoretically the Brahmin and the Kshatriya should have priority. This creates an extreme unbalance, which can change and affect a lot.

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