Topic: Salient features of Indian Society
2. “Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India”. Do you agree? Comment and Present your viewpoints with suitable arguments. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question expects us to discuss the evolved nature of caste system in India and comment on whether or not it can be eradicated because of how it has been entrenched in Indian society.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss why caste system is an implicit feature of India and can’t be done away with.
Comment – When you are asked to comment, you have to pick main points and give your ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from your wide reading. Your opinion may be for or against, but you must back your argument with evidences.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain caste systems in India from past to present.
Write about the various changes taking place in the caste system. Talk about the greater assertion shown by the lower caste off late. Discuss the making of caste based groups in several sectors like commerce, trade, agriculture etc. Talk about the political associations formed on the lines of caste and why eradicating caste on account of these factors would be difficult.
Conclude with your view on whether caste system would be eradicated in India or it is something that is tailored deep with the fabric of social life in the country.