Caste System in India: The Caste system is a class structure which determines your social class by birth. In societies that follow this system, usually if your parents are poor, you're going to be poor, aswell as growing up in a rich family. The Caste System consists of 4 classes, in descending order of prestige, being the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas, the Vaishyas, and the Shrudas.
Caste is illegal: Yet the Caste System was then. Discrimination based on caste has been illegal in India for more than six decades, or 60 years. In today’s urban India, this land is now separated from rural India by cultural and economic chasms, it seems frowned upon even to speak of caste. Certainly it shouldn’t and usually doesn’t come up at work or at play or in the apartment elevator.
Caste Affects Jobs: People say that Caste has affected spots for jobs for people of high castes. People of high castes would get higher position jobs, yet the lower castes are mainly hired for lower paid jobs, as they will work for cheaper knowing they come from a poor background. Due to this the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.
Lack Resources: They lack these resources because at the rural level, in spite of land reform, the lowest castes remain vulnerable, with either no or very little land, poor access to good schools, and healthcare In India, having a high Caste allows people to have access to better jobs and education, mostly due to the "Head-Start" the upper castes had.
Caste Affects Voting: Democracy gives power to people who previously had none. But, like race, caste can shift political discussions from present-day to payback for historical injustices. Now, nearly half of the voting population of even a highly educated city like Bangalore, peoples votes on candadites are influenced by purly the candidates Caste.
Relationships Different Forever?: The Caste System has also affected determining of their social relationships and human behavior. Indians often fail to see their co-workers, bosses, employees, ect. as equal and other human beings like them, as they are constantly aware of another person's status and making sure to always treat them with respect. The socio-religious capital of being a Brahmin or a big land-owner has been replaced by financial capital and the social capital of being well know or having studied abroad.Because of the Caste, they feel they have to work had and become well off and rich, not fulfilling their dreams, and making their priority to make money and reach the expectations of others, enough to get the minimum amount of respect.
Overall I have learned that the Caste System, still present today, has affected most of India ever since it was created. It has not only been a way to discriminate people, but it has been an issue for those in need of jobs, education, health support, political issues, and social relationships. It is important for people to understand that people of lower caste have issues, not having accessibility to several resources, causing them to work extra hard and have mindsets different and unlike Americans.