There are four main castes usually listed in the following order; Brahmins, the teachers/priests, Kshatriyas, the warriors and administrators, Vaishyas, the traders and the Shudras, the labourers. This system originally developed as method of division of labour and thus the analogy of the different parts of the body. In very little time though, even as early as the Later Vedic Era, the system became thoroughly corrupted. People began to lose the freedom to move between the castes based on one’s choice of profession. Caste became a matter of birth.
She is the wind you cannot capture, the fire you cannot hold, She has the strength of the earth but she flows She is a woman. The radiance of the sun and the beauty Of a tree’s silhouette When she smiles, the world blooms The stars sparkle brighter, and water gurgles in delight. And when … [Read more…]
On Gandhi’s birthday I think of two people. One is my cousin who shares his birthday and the other is my maternal grandma who taught me most of what I know about Gandhian values. I have read his autobiography and learnt about him in history classes too, of course, but the things my grandma told … [Read more…]