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Caste in Modern India

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780195689440
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195689440.003.0010
Caste in Modern India

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In this interview, D.L. Sheth discusses caste in modern India. A central feature of the country, caste has indexed the country as fundamentally different from social classes in other places. Due to its presence, the sense of history in India has been different from the historical vision of other nations. Sheth discusses the impact of the changes in the caste system after the Independence and the relevance of Ambedkar's thinking on the caste system; he also talks about hierarchies in the new economy and the politicization of caste. According to Sheth, the organization as well as the ideology of the traditional caste system have become vastly eroded.

Keywords: caste system; modern India; historical vision; Independence; B.R. Ambedkar; politicization of caste; D.L. Sheth

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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