India's caste system and Quebec

by Monique Amelinckx on May 15, 2014 - 9:06pm

India’s social class is structured with a caste system.  It is a pyramidal hierarchy, from top to bottom:  Brahmin, Warriors, Traders/merchants, and Workers.  There exists another social class, the Untouchables.  The Untouchables are not in the pyramidal hierarchy however they are a part from society.  In India, people of other social status do not get involved with the Untouchables.  These Untouchables are "shunned, insulted, banned from temples and higher caste homes, made to eat and drink from separate utensils in public places, and, in extreme but not uncommon cases, are raped, burned, lynched, and gunned down" (National Geographic Society).  On the contrary, citizens in Quebec are considered equal in the eyes of the state.  All the citizens have the same rights and the same laws are applied to each individual.  It is true that Quebec citizens have more liberties than Indians.  Briefly, Indians have less liberty in their countries than Quebec citizens in Canada.     

Work cited:

Untouchable @ National Geographic Magazine (Untouchable @ National Geographic Magazine) http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0306/feature1/

Comments

The article was really interesting and shocking. Isn't there a law to protect the Untouchables? How about work? It must be difficult to find work if they are avoided. Do you know how this hierarchy came to be? I read that Buddhism originated from India. Isn't there all life holy in the Buddhism? In Switzerland and Japan also people are protected by the law. However, I believe social discrimination can be found everywhere.

The article was really interesting and shocking. Isn't there a law to protect the Untouchables? How about work? It must be difficult to find work if they are avoided. Do you know how this hierarchy came to be? I read that Buddhism originated from India. Isn't there all life holy in the Buddhism? In Switzerland and Japan also people are protected by the law. However, I believe social discrimination can be found everywhere.