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Caste discrimination has a long and complex history, with roots in the country’s traditional social hierarchy. Addressing this issue requires a multi-pronged approach that involves educating people, enforcing laws that prohibit caste discrimination, and creating opportunities for people from lower castes to improve their economic and social status. Discuss.

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

1. Caste discrimination has a long and complex history, with roots in the country’s traditional social hierarchy. Addressing this issue requires a multi-pronged approach that involves educating people, enforcing laws that prohibit caste discrimination, and creating opportunities for people from lower castes to improve their economic and social status. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

Last month, in Seattle, co-author Kshama Sawant, a socialist Council member, introduced the first US legislation to ban caste discrimination alongside a united movement of Dalits, dominant-caste Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, socialists, and union members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on February 21. If passed, the law will prohibit caste discrimination in employment and housing, retail, public accommodation, and transportation.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the ill effects of caste discrimination, reasons for its prevalence and ways to overcome it.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by giving background about the caste discrimination in modern India.

Body:

First, write about the reasons for the prevalence of caste discrimination in India and factors behind it.

Next, mention the impact of caste discrimination and how it is affecting contemporary society. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Next, write about the steps that are needed to overcome the above issues and empower weaker sections.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.