The caste system: How a system of social control and hierarchy shapes our lives

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[MAN: We want to take this opportunity to tell you a story.

A story of racism.

A race-based genocide.

A time when we were allowed to be ourselves, but then we were told that we were inferior.

And that we could not even speak the language.

The story of how our ancestors were forced into slavery.

And how our own families were treated as second-class citizens.

And the story of why so many of us now live in an oppressive, discriminatory caste system.

A system that continues to shape our lives.

The caste and the caste system is a deeply-rooted social and political reality in India.

It has long existed, but in the last few decades, the social, political, economic, and political structures of our society have been radically altered by a caste system that has been embedded in our DNA for millions of years.

A caste system in which there is a strong belief that there are some higher powers and that there is only one kind of person: that of the upper caste.

And, as we look at today, it is one that is even more deeply entrenched than ever before.

The fact that we are seeing an increase in the number of caste incidents in the country is not due to any changes in the way people think.

It is because of changes in our society, our social structures, and our political systems.

It was a caste-based system that existed for millennia.

But, the most powerful thing that the caste and caste system have in common is that they both work on the fear of the Other.

It’s about controlling the Other, and keeping them at bay.

And so, in many ways, it has always been the fear that has defined caste, and has been a very powerful motivating force in caste systems throughout history.

This fear, this caste system, is the reason why, throughout the world, people are scared to speak the name of the other.

And why, for example, the Indian government has not allowed an official protest against caste.

They fear it will upset the balance of power between the two classes.

This is why they have tried to keep people in a caste way of life, a caste that has always seen the Other as an enemy.

And this is why, as our history shows, this fear has often made caste structures even more powerful.

A powerful system that is entrenched in our biology, in our genetic makeup, in a social and economic structure, and in a political structure that shapes how we think and how we live our lives, because it is deeply rooted in our psyche.

In India, the caste is deeply entrenched in Indian culture, and it is embedded in a system that creates this fear.

So, this is a story of a caste caste system and a system based on fear.

[PAUSED VOICE:] This is not the first time we have heard this story.

[SAVE VOICE]: And it is not going to be the last.

The reason why we need to change our minds about caste and its systems is because, in the next two weeks, we will see the results of this research.

And it will show that caste is not a natural phenomenon.

It cannot be eradicated in this country.

But it can be changed.

And you will be able to see that change coming.

The next two months, you will see an incredible shift in our thinking about caste.

We will be changing our thinking.

[REVEAL: A new wave of Indian students, and the rest of the country, has started taking part in a program of social change called ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.]

This programme, Bharat Mata ki jai, will change the way we think about caste, how we look, and how our lives are.

[BARBAGME SINGH]: This is the programme of social transformation called Bharat maadi, Bharatiya Janata Party.

The programme, with its emphasis on community empowerment, is one of the biggest social change programmes of India.

[TAKESHI BASHIR: The programme] This will change our