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How the West defines India – 2

Introduction

In the first part (How to West Defines India – I ) I had discussed the role the West plays in every aspect of Indian life today and how it influences our cumulative (as a nation and society) self-image. Now let us try and delve further into the specifics of this “Struggle between the Left and the Right” in this Indian context (who seem to be at constant loggerheads vis-a-vis their stand on the West).

 

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The Reservation Complex — A look at the “Systematic approach” to treat a non-systematic problem

Overview

Egalitarian — Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people.

In the recent past, many a blogger and columnist has written about this phenomenon and the newspapers have been awash with related news as a result of which a lot of what I am trying to articulate in this article might seem a tad “clichéd”. But I ask that you bear with me – perhaps a different perspective will shed a different light on this topic?

NOTE: This is a re-post of my original article on Sulekha.com. Since there were a couple of articles written on this phenomenon (or it's root cause), I thought I'd add this one to provide a little more perspective. On an aside, this article sunk into the bottomless pit of Sulekha's weird editorial policies — promote mindless fluff and flush the real stuff down the drain.

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The Caste Non-System

It is only recently that Hindus are discovering that the terms of discussion for Indic practices have been conducted for the last few centuries primarily based on Western terms, standards and nomenclature. It is only in the last decade or so that Hindus have started looking at themselves through their own eyes and worldview, rather than blindly accepting what non-Hindus have perceived their culture to be. Among all their practices, if there one nomenclature that has been blindly accepted most by Hindus without any debate is: The Caste System. This article does not debate the merits and demerits of Caste and its origins (since it has been documented thousands of times and is available everywhere over the internet), but it solely focuses on the name under which it is commonly known, because as we shall see, nomenclature means a lot.

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