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Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar As India attempts to modernize and ready itself for the twenty first century, the issue of caste takes on an overwhelming importance What form does caste take today How can its debilitating aspects be countered This book, edited and introduced by one of India s most eminent sociologists, attempts to answer these and other crucial questions The essays in this volume, each authored by an expert on the subject, include a stimulating assessment of the role of women in perpetuating caste incisive analyses of the relationship between caste and the economy, and between caste and Hinduism a review of the backward class movements in Tamil Nadu a commentary on the power struggle in UP and Bihar amongst the backward castes the relationship between efficiency and job reservation observations on caste amongst Muslims and Christians in India and critiques of the Mandal Commission Report and the Mandal judgement


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    To get an understanding of the various perspectives of caste in India, the multiple essay format of the book is helpful The book covers all aspects of Indian society, w.r.t religion, economy, reservation The contemporary image of the cast structure in India needs to be understood to better plan reforms and predict growth patterns of the economy The backward class movements and rural caste identities have changed a lot in the last 50 years This book was published in the late 90 s and the expe To get an understanding of the various perspectives of caste in India, the multiple essay format of the book is helpful The book covers all aspects of Indian society, w.r.t religion, economy, reservation The contemporary image of the cast structure in India needs to be understood to better plan reforms and predict growth patterns of the economy The backward class movements and rural caste identities have changed a lot in the last 50 years This book was published in the late 90 s and the experiences in the book are 25 year old, while reading you are able to realise that there has been in a shift in the positive direction on the lines of what various authors have predicted in the essays With essays that cover some important topics like women, conversion, job reservation and efficiency one is able to understand the complexities that evolve in long periods and affect social equilibriums in the Indian societies There are a couple of essays on the social stratification of Muslims and Christians which help get a holistic view of the Indian society as opposed to majority of the books focusing on Hindu caste system The profound effect of Hindu purity pollution concept on Muslims and Christians is visible in the essays The caste system, institutional structures and ideologies of inequality can and do coexist in the Indian society and this remains a fact even the contemporary 21st century Even though economic and political progress had blurred the distinctive caste structures there is an irreducible residue which remains and retains in the social conscience of Indians What we need are new social paradigms which harmonise with the growth trajectory of the Indian economy Recent transitions in the social structures have left it disordered and confusing for an individual who is part of it For the government, it is crucial to snap its social schemes to the right nodes in this structure to improve the order and propel progress without increasing turbulence and anxiety amongst the masses


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