Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Question

How are castes unequal yet supposed to be non-competing groups?

Answer

We see that each caste has its own and distinct place which can not be taken by any other caste. There is occupational distinctions in caste system, hence, it acts as decentralisation of labour. For an instance, an iron-smith supplies plough share, shovels, spade etc. for agricultural operations and repairs them time to time, the Vaisyas take over marketing of farm produce and ensure supplies of other commodities to society. Brahmins propitiate deity to set monsoon etc. in order and defend village from epidemic, pestilences etc.

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