An obituary of caste as a system

Srinivas, MN (2003) An obituary of caste as a system. Economic and Political Weekly, 38 (5). pp. 455-459.


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Abstract: The Bhakti movement of medieval India was really pan-Indian and attracted a large number of men and women from the lower orders and it even crossed the religious divide between Hindus and Muslims. But it failed to make a dent on caste hierarchy. The moral to be drawn is that an ideological attack on caste which is not backed up or underpinned by a mode of social production ignoring or violating caste-based division of labour is totally inadequate. A combination of wholly new technologies, institutions based on new principles and a new ideology which includes democracy, equality and the idea of human dignity and self-respect has to be in operation for a considerable time to uproot the caste system. Such a combination of forces is today bringing about the destruction of the caste-based system of production in the villages and at the local level.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
General > Founding Faculty > M N Srinivas > Publications
Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 10:24
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:24
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