India is changing, and to have so many people co-existing in one country also means to create a greater understanding of each other and their diversities. India's overwhelming population means that in order to have a harmonious country, people must become accepting of the differences that lie in the different religions and ways of life. Although it has not always been smooth sailing, with the Caste system and its hierarchies, tensions between the Muslim and Hindu faiths, and riots and strikes involving education, we can see a change and sense it in the air.
Our tour guide, Devendra Singh, explained to us, "Over 200 years back, there was a group of people who were always in touch with germs and untouchables and because it was such an epidemic to society, they were separated and considered Untouchable. But now, as we see those cures for infections and diseases, there is no longer the recognition of Untouchables. Still, in very remote and religious parts of India, the societies are still very conservative and you may find a little discrimination in the mind but not in public. In public, discrimination against people regarding the Caste system is a very serious offence. Now even the president of India is from the Untouchable caste. The past president and a high court supreme court judges are from the Untouchable cast. In the last 65 years, India's conditions have improved a lot."