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India’s Castes: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Count?

Jason Overdorf reports that for the first time in 80 years India may get a true tally of an ancient system, in Globalpost:

NEW DELHI, India — The 2,000-year-old Hindu caste system remains the most powerful force in Indian society.

Friendships, business ties and marriages live and die according to its dictates. Political parties carefully script their election tickets according to its mathematics. And an increasing number of government policies — including spiraling quotas for government jobs and university education — follow its logic.

But it’s not polite to talk about it, and might even be dangerous to quantify it…

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