Social Backwardness and Economic Backwardness are the forefronts of design of various welfare schemes. The entire reservation policy affecting crores of people is based on the single metric of social backwardness and economic backwardness. The former is more important, and the social backwardness was propagated by the Varna System, which…

The New Multi Dimensional Poverty Index released in 2021–22 shows some interesting patterns

Remember learning poverty line based on per capita income or calories consumed. These items are not easy to measure. Niti Aayog has released a new set of parameters to measure poverty which appears to be very promising. It takes into account many parameters which provides an indicator of poverty level…

This is a extract from one of the oldest History books “ Early History of India” which clearly shows internecine wars between Aryans and a common enemy called “Dravidians”. They mention that the Dravidians, who were original inhabitants, offered a dogged resistance to the Aryan Invaders but were defeated because of better weapons, chariots, horses and also trained army. The war was fought for hundreds of years and finally the Dravidians were reduced to dasas or slaves. They say that the with time, a complex culture of both Aryan and Dravidian culture emerged under the influence of Sanskrit. (Source: www.indiaculture.gov.in)

Indian History is riddled with a famous puzzle of a superior race called Aryan Race who came from Central Asia riding their horse chariots with bow and arrow. The fierce warriors were no match to the indigenous aborigine's called Dravidians who were Black in color. The encounter lasted for ages…

Reuters aerial image of a Delhi Crematorium which is working 24/7

Nobody would have even imagined that we would be seeing a day, when thousands would be allowed to die without adequate medical treatment. The forefathers of constitution included Right to Life as a Fundamental Right and Supreme Court has, time and again, emphasized that no individual would be allowed to…

Now the above diagram struck my mind and shows how the four varnas defined in the vedic literature are related to the present day classification in work. Brahmins are the thinkers in the society, Kshatriyas are protectors or warriors. Vaishyas are merchants, tradesman. While Sudra are the last category who work for the other three castes. The modern day organizational mapping is also given to show that this was effectively division of labor and nothing more…

Varna System is a sensitive topic and it has been discussed in depth by many earlier on. However I would like to delve upon one singular question given below.

“ Can you become a Brahmin or Sudra only by birth or is there an opportunity to move up the ladder?

NETHRAPAL

B-Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras. PGDM from IIM Bangalore. Working as a senior IRS officer. Opinions expressed are personal and mostly academic

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