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The minimalist shibu

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India/Bharat hindu

In India, Hindus are separated into four main categories, called the Brahmins (priests and scholars), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaishyas (merchants) and Shudras (workers).

These are then divided further into around 3,000 castes and 25,000 sub-castes, each based on their specific occupation.

But the lower castes, known as Dalits, are often denied the right to education and employment and are not even included in the four-tier Varna class system.

Dalits were once called the ‘untouchables’and were outside the class system and despite new laws against discriminating against lower casts, bias still remains.