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Indian caste system

It’s part of why the caste system is so unfair.
Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  a traditional, hereditary system of social stratification:  Brahmins (priests, scholars and teachers), Kshatriya (warriors and rulers), Vaisya (traders and agriculturists), Sudra (manual workers), and Dalits (untouchables)
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Inherited social status is gradually relaxing in India, especially in metropolitan and other major urban areas, due to higher penetration of high education, co-existence of all communities and lesser knowledge about caste system due to alienation with rural roots of people. But in the countryside and small towns, this system is still very rigid. However, the total elimination of caste system seems distant, if ever possible, due to caste politics.

The Government of India has officially documented castes and subcastes, primarily to determine those deserving reservation (positive discrimination in education and jobs) through the census. The Indian reservation system relies entirely on quotas.
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  • It’s part of why the caste system is so unfair.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • In my parents’ lifetimes alone we’ve seen the rebel forces within our country practically run into extinction, and though we still face challenges, the caste system no longer divides our people along imaginary lines.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • We have created a new caste system that forces thousands of people into homelessness, bans them from living with their families and in their communities, and renders them virtually unemployable.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Because early Hawaii had a strict caste system, keeping the nobles and commoners from mingling, the best surf spots and the best hardwood surfboards were the domain of the "kings."
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer

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  • In India they have something called the caste system.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • "Says the slave-driver of the caste system," huffed the imam.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He had a caste system of his own: to him, the Taggart children were not Jim and Dagny, but Dagny and Eddie.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The institution of a legal, government-sanctioned racial caste system was overturned in 1994 with the first democratic elections, but its effects still haunted the country.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • There was indeed a caste system in Maycomb, but to my mind it worked this way: the older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for years and years, were utterly predictable to one another: they took for granted attitudes, character shadings, even gestures, as having been repeated in each generation and refined by time.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Even before Plato’s time the Hindu caste system had the same tripartite division between the auxiliary caste (or priest caste), the arrior caste, and the laborer caste.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • "Lineage affiliations," writes the scholar Rene Lemarchand, "could rectify and even reverse the formal rank-ordering established through the caste system."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "Oh, it isn’t that I mind the glittering caste system," admitted Amory.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • But the first grade was divided into a rigid caste system by the ancient teacher, and I was placed clear across the room from her.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • …and stores, but because of generals who should not have been generals, who were generals not through training in contemporary methods or aptitude for learning them, but by the divine right to say to there’ conferred upon them by an absolute caste system; or because the generals of it never lived long enough to learn how to fight massed cautious accretionary battles, since they were already as obsolete as Richard or Roland or du Guesclin, who wore plumes and cloaks lined with scarlet at…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It’s a perfect way of maintaining the caste system and ensuring Deicratic control.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • His idea of their eminence was grossly exaggerated; the town had grown rapidly from a straggling village— it had few families as old as the Pentlands, and, like all resort towns, its caste system was liquidly variable, depending chiefly upon wealth, ambition, and boldness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Or the Caste System.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I was born into a family of Fives—artists and musicians who were generally poorly paid—and though I hated the caste system in general, I liked what I did for a living.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Let us attempt a simple illustration of the relationship between the three parts of man and the state: BODY SOUL VIRTUE STATE head reason wisdom rulers chest will courage auxiliaries abdomen appetite temperance laborers Plato’s ideal state is not unlike the old Hindu caste system, in .
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Men who never had to shout at an Epsilon to get an order obeyed; men who took their position for granted; men who moved through the caste system as a fish through water–so utterly at home as to be unaware either of themselves or of the beneficent and comfortable element in which they had their being.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • In one place a rough diagram of the caste system was laid out, originally dreamed up with six tiers instead of eight.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • "There’s no caste system anymore, Your Highness.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
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