GEN-Z TAKE ON CASTE SYSTEM IN INDIA

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Mon Nov 07, 2022

The caste system in India separates society into several faiths and castes. The ancient Vedas, separated individuals according to their occupation and that was the beginning of the caste system. Despite the system's drawbacks, the government continues to make great efforts to counteract them and provide genuine equality of opportunities for all. Everyone, regardless of caste or religion, now has access to free and equitable education. We owe thanks to the Indian government.

People who identify as members of the scheduled caste, tribes, and backward class benefited from the creation of reservations. It offers scholarships, fee reductions, and 49.5 percent of the seats in government jobs and educational institutions. This was initially designed to offer representation in politics, the workforce, and educational institutions. The Indian Constitution permits the establishment of reserved quotas or seats that have reduced eligibility requirements by the Union Government and the States and Territories of India. For the past 70 years, this methodology seems to work well.

The caste system serves as a barrier in educational institutions. Despite their talents, certain prejudiced people in authoritative positions prevent such talented resources from getting access to many opportunities.

Another sector where the caste system creates a big impact is "marriage". Some parents who follow caste systems with extremity would even kill their kids if they marry someone who doesn't belong to the same caste. However, the rate and such "honor killing" is reduced in recent times. 

Despite the government's reforms, it is clear that those from lower castes are still being taken advantage of. To find out what 70 Gen-Z children (those born between 1997 and 2012) thought about the caste system, a survey was taken. Despite the fact that 84 percent of them think the caste system is unnecessary, 56.1 percent of them had come across people who were curious about their caste.

In the survey, there was another interesting question "Have you encountered Gen-Z children that take pride in their caste?" 55 percent of respondents said they have come across Gen-Z children who were proud of their caste. The researchers believe that children are unaware of the caste system that is being forced upon them or the concept of demeaning someone based on their caste. These kids lack exposure, which makes them believe others are less than them.

As a member of the younger generation, do you concur with your parents when caste is disparaged at home? Since 73 percent of respondents said "no," there is a possibility of a revolution soon. There is a ray of hope after all.

The caste system and societal inequality are denounced by younger generations who have been exposed to the negativities of the same. 90 percent of those people who gave the survey believe that the caste system should be eliminated since it only leads to societal unrest.

The caste system only fosters injustice and violence, as well as separating people and upsetting peace. So everyone deserves to be appreciated for who they are and no one should ever be treated with contempt because of their caste. 

 

 

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