Caste

Caste

This article discusses the transformation of caste in the Indian context. The article starts with a discussion of the Indological and anthropological accounts of caste and then examines whether “caste” is essentially unique to Hinduism. Furthermore, the article discusses the possibility of mobility within the ritual hierarchy of caste. In the final section, the article shows how caste, once described by the Christian missionaries and the colonial state as an irrational traditional institution, has transformed into a modern entity and become a vital instrument of democratic mobilization in contemporary India.

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