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THE CASTE SYSTEM IN INDIA AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

THE CASTE SYSTEM IN INDIA AND ITS CONSEQUENCES Caste is the basic structural feature of Hindu society all social scientists are agreed on this. Since Hinduism is generally recognised to be as much a social system as a religion, its social framework embodying caste rituals has governed the lives of the majority of Indians for hundreds of years. Having deep roots in tradition and enjoying sanction in all religious literature belonging to the preBritish era, caste has been the dominant principle of social organisation since ancient times. In fact, barring the recent past, Hinduism has always been identified in the minds of most Indians with caste observances. Writes R.C. Zaehner until a century or so ago the acceptance of the caste system was considered by the orthodox to be the sole effective criterion of whether one was or was not a Hindu. In matters of belief it mattered not at all whether one believed in one god or many, or not at all, nor did it much matter on how one interpreted liberation or whether one rejected it outright so long as one fulfilled the duties prescribed for one's caste. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Emerald Publishing

THE CASTE SYSTEM IN INDIA AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-333X
DOI
10.1108/eb013170
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Abstract

Caste is the basic structural feature of Hindu society all social scientists are agreed on this. Since Hinduism is generally recognised to be as much a social system as a religion, its social framework embodying caste rituals has governed the lives of the majority of Indians for hundreds of years. Having deep roots in tradition and enjoying sanction in all religious literature belonging to the preBritish era, caste has been the dominant principle of social organisation since ancient times. In fact, barring the recent past, Hinduism has always been identified in the minds of most Indians with caste observances. Writes R.C. Zaehner until a century or so ago the acceptance of the caste system was considered by the orthodox to be the sole effective criterion of whether one was or was not a Hindu. In matters of belief it mattered not at all whether one believed in one god or many, or not at all, nor did it much matter on how one interpreted liberation or whether one rejected it outright so long as one fulfilled the duties prescribed for one's caste.

Journal

International Journal of Sociology and Social PolicyEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1993

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