Varna system – Fate or Curse

Varna, a Sanskrit word originated from VRI meaning the choice of one’s occupation. In early Vedic literature which originated when Aryans migrated to North of India classified the society into four varnas:

Brahmins – Priests and Gurus (Teachers)

Kshatriyas – Warriors and rulers

Vaishyas – Traders, Merchants and Agriculturalists

Shudras – Service providers and laborers

Over the years Varnas classified based on occupation turned into classification by birth which later gave rise to Caste system which had no relation with Varna system defining the classification of society into different category. The Caste system is a manipulated form of Varna which later introduced untouchables.

Sources has its mention that Caste system was incorporated with an outcaste Untouchables which is now Dalits facing immense discrimination all over the country. There are 3000 castes and 25000 sub-castes still in existence.

Caste system is the greatest social evil and a divisive force in our country. Caste system cannot be eradicated completely but we can reduce its affect. Below are the few facts which can help us progress

  1. Marriages of course tops the list which are largely performed based on castes, sub-castes
  2. Indian Politics works majorly based on caste votes during Elections. Be it is assembly or local municipal, caste plays a major role in selecting the candidates.
  3. Sir name mostly tend to remember the ancestors but mostly relates themselves to a particular caste.
  4. We all must have heard that people want to be declared as Scheduled caste or tribe just to get the benefits of reservation in schools and government jobs.
  5. Fake caste certificates which is easily forged and submitted for admissions, jobs and courts.

Source : Library books..:)

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  1. Chiru, the new generation has it upon them to fight it. Varna was the ask/need of the hour and could be the best way a society was managed then. It became caste as time passed by. But yes, there is no proof of The Aryans migration my dear. That theory has long lost the debate.
    Arayan- the word only meant noble.

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    1. Thanks for the insight… History and documents/proof always have a conflict.. I would like to dig deeper on the history.
      May be they want to name the civilization who actually introduced these for the need of the hour… We can’t really tell if Aryans migrated but we can also not prove that Aryans existed in that period like there’s proof that Indus valley existed long before Aryans existence. Its just that which history ppl want to believe and which not…..


      1. Please do. Because when I was digging it in throughout my majors in history, i learnt to never put forth something I am not certain about. But atleast this; Aryan- the word took flight into many a tales that travelled to each country according to their egos.
        All in good taste bro. Thanks for writing.

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