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IQC: Caste Is Not Class!

July 6, 2016

‍The Hindu American Foundation and the Uberoi Foundation recommended edits that obfuscate caste with softer socio-economic terminology. The IQC has thankfully rejected them.

Turning caste into class is a blatant falsification. The caste system does not allow for upward or sideways mobility between its rigid hierarchies. Caste is determined based on birth and the core of its implementation is this idea of spiritual impurity.

To erase caste is to erase the most significant historical structure that has determined the destinies of hundreds of millions of people under caste apartheid. As Huma Dar writes, “history is not meant to soothe feelings, it is written so we might learn from its mistakes and very crucially: mistakes that are yet to be appropriately addressed.”