Can we ever have a society where there is no caste?Caste. This is one subject that interests hundreds of sociologists. There are numerous explanations about how it works, what it does to the inequalities, and so on. For example, at least from whatever we learn from our history books, a carpenter had to compulsorily train his son only to become another carpenter. He cannot become an engineer or doctor.
The same histroy has it that several social reformers like Narayana Guru from Kerala, EVR Periyar from Tamil Nadu and a few others from the rest of India, drawing inspiration from the likes of Dr.Ambedkar, have fought against this sort of injustice meated out to the so-called backward classes.
The movement in Tamil Nadu took a sharp turn when Mr. Karunanidhi became Chief Minister. A big revolution happened in elementary and higher education. MGR closely followed in the same footsteps and the educated class, cutting across all castes is today very powerful. Still, castes remain what they are. Inter-caste marriages are somewhat common, but the people of different castes do have their own strong feeling about rituals and customs of their own castes. They really do not seem to have a great feeling for the so-called "most backward" or the SC or ST caste people.
The question is: will caste remain what it is, even one hundred years from now, when a total technological reolution will rule our lives?