caste

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  • noun

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social status or position conferred by a system based on class

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(Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus

a social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank or profession or wealth

in some social insects (such as ants) a physically distinct individual or group of individuals specialized to perform certain functions in the colony

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One of our generalizations is that every system founded upon class and caste contains within itself the germs of its own decay.
In the simpler case of neuter insects all of one caste or of the same kind, which have been rendered by natural selection, as I believe to be quite possible, different from the fertile males and females,--in this case, we may safely conclude from the analogy of ordinary variations, that each successive, slight, profitable modification did not probably at first appear in all the individual neuters in the same nest, but in a few alone; and that by the long-continued selection of the fertile parents which produced most neuters with the profitable modification, all the neuters ultimately came to have the desired character.
I can't doubt, after what you have told me, that the restoration of the Moonstone to its place on the forehead of the Indian idol, is the motive and the justification of that sacrifice of caste which I alluded to just now.
The sacrifice of caste is a serious thing in India, if you like.
However, development does not seem to be an issue anywhere in the constituencies and it's mainly the castes which are set to play crucial roles in the poll.
But, as the BJP also points out, 55 per cent of the total candidates from OBCs, has been dominated by none other than contestants from the Yadav and Kurmi castes which have their mentors in the form of Lalu and Nitish.
Now, their demand is that they should be included among the backward castes in order that they might get reservations in the state and central government jobs.
2014) reported, the "stigma (of Dalits) is alive in the Catholic Church, which is good at proclaiming its defence of Dalits but not so good at stopping the subtle discrimination shown by bishops, priests and faithful of higher castes toward the faithful of lower castes, or even worse, outcasts.
In the following pages of this study, an attempt is made to observe how a traditional social practice--untouchability--is changing, how untouchables, who since the 1935 Act, became known as the Scheduled Castes, have been modernized and up to what extent they are accommodated on the basis of values incorporated in the Indian Constitution, in the Indian society.
The four distinct Varnas or castes that are mutually exclusive, hereditary, endogamous, and occupation-specific are the Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaisyas (traders & merchants), and Sudras (those engaged in menial jobs).
ISLAMABAD, March 29, 2012 (Frontier Star): Scheduled Caste Rights Movement (SCRM), in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan will hold a protest demonstration ceremony here on Thursday to highlight the sufferings of the scheduled castes.
Dalits often survive by scavenging and doing menial jobs while living apart from upper castes such as Brahmans.
Under the Indian caste system, Hindus are divided into four main castes according to their line of work.
However, since there is reservation for Scheduled Castes and Tribes only these two columns should be included.
This discretionary definition was clarified in The Government of India (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1936, which contained a list or Schedule of castes throughout the British administered provinces.