Q) Is the caste-system losing its relevance or is it acquiring new identities in contemporary India? Give reasons in support of your view. (15 marks, 250 words)
क्या जाति-व्यवस्था अपनी प्रासंगिकता खो रही है या यह समकालीन भारत में नई पहचान प्राप्त कर रही है? अपने मत के समर्थन में कारण दीजिए|
Demand of the Question– This question requires understanding of caste system in India, and its relevance, importance and challenges in society.
Directive Word- The first section “Is” demands mentioning arguments of both the sides. Give reasons- demands giving reasons for the above arguments of both the sides.
Structure of the Answer
Intro- Describe what is caste-system, and use standard definition.
Body- In the first part, mention factors which show the caste-system is losing relevance and provide reasons along with examples. In the second part, mention factors which show the caste-system is acquiring new identities and provide reasons along with examples. In the last part, balance the arguments stating the relevance has decreased in the society as a whole but in personal life, it is acquiring new identities.
Conclusion– State the changes that have occurred in current context and suggest measures for betterment of society as a whole with respect to caste-system.
Part of Syllabus– GS Paper 1- Salient features of Indian Society