Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

By Shashwat Singh The caste system is one of the most distinctive features of the Indian society which attempts to divide it into four distinctive hierarchical varnas, namely the Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. A key feature of the caste system is that the varna status is inherited by birth.  Given the traditional distribution … Continue reading Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

Caste-ing away our waste

For centuries, a community has been socially delegated to dealing with human waste. How long will they continue to take human excreta, writes Shruthi.  Neoliberal ideologies say that our hard work and intellect determine our social and economic status and that we deserve our social positions. In the Indian reality, however, thousands of people and structures act together to give us what we have. Starting … Continue reading Caste-ing away our waste