Why Caste Matters: Examining Religion

I was born into a Hindu Brahmin family and lived outside of India. For most of my life, I was shielded from all conversations about caste.

“I don’t even know what my caste is.”
“It only exists in rural areas.”

Even the few conversations I had about caste were almost always about reservations. But was it really a thing of the past? Were we capable of existing outside our caste identity?

The caste system is the social stratification based on one’s varna or caste. There are four categories…



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