Shocking yet true - Caste in the USA!This would have been funny, if it wasn't so tragic. A survey of 1500 South Asians in the USA by an organization called Equality Labs led to the conclusion that caste is still an issue among the South Asian diaspora, even when they live in the most developed country in the world.
The survey reported that caste consciousness ran high among the South Asian diaspora (which essentially means that people like to identify themselves as 'Brahmins' or 'Dalits', whichever is the case). Perhaps most shockingly, among the Dalit respondents, 26% said that they had experienced physical assaults based on their caste!
It's honestly mind-boggling. The Indians, or for that matter South Asians, who migrate to the USA are generally educated ones (except for a few exceptions). Besides, they have the advantage of living in one of the most liberal and open societies in the world. People here in India often blame casteist politics for continuing caste discrimination. But even that factor is non-existent in this case.
This shows how deep caste has seeped into our lives. Generations of work will be required before we can get rid of this menace.