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Contemporary India by Praveen Priyadarshi, Neera Chandhoke

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The Changing Social Structure in Contemporary India

N. R. Levin

We, the educated, urban, middle-class Indians, feel very uncomfortable talking about caste. Considerations of caste reflect a sectarian and narrow worldview and remind us of rural India with its caste wars. We claim indifference to the question of caste, though our lives are inextricably interlinked with the historical legacy of the caste system. In fact, it is so inextricably linked that often, we do not notice how our lives are governed by caste.

Caste once again became a burning issue in 2006 over the issue of reservations for other backward castes (OBCs). In what was dubbed by sections of the media as Mandal II, students took to the streets to protest the reservations and to ...

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