Issue: Caste & Identity

Caste & IdentityIndian society has been historically organized by a rigid caste structure. At the time of independence in 1947, the architects of India’s constitution outlawed casted-based discrimination. Yet these strict delineations persist today. At local and national levels, caste-based identity politics remain central in the allocation of power and resources. Beyond caste, tribal, communal and religious groups add an equally important layer to India’s social fabric. Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics and Christians and others are scattered across the country. In a nation of over one billion people countless identities can be found--some coexist and some clash. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents report on caste and identity.