IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(1): 80-82 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.426

Caste and Diaspora

Singh Swapnil
Abstract—This paper as entitled-“Caste and Diaspora” talks about the caste system, its characteristics and also the kind of importance it holds in Indian society. But most importantly, it focuses on the importance of caste system which can be seen among the Indian Diaspora. The institution of caste as it reinforces itself among Indians residing abroad. The caste as a system might be dying in India but caste as an identity is getting stronger day by day and this „identity‟ per se becomes the basis of discriminatory behavior towards the other caste members. The strong urge to marry their sons and daughters within their caste very well shows the hold of caste identity present among the Indian Diaspora. Even the upward mobility in the status ladder also does not guarantee the change of attitude towards the other caste members, when it comes to marriage proceedings.

Index Terms—Caste, Diaspora, Jati, Varna.

Singh Swapnil is with the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (e-mail: swapnil.singh23@gmail.com).

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Cite: Singh Swapnil, " Caste and Diaspora," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 80-82, 2015.

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