26 September 2004

Discrimination based on caste

Indian American professor at University of Michigan files suit over discrimination based on caste.
The Hindu caste system is a hierarchy of social classes established centuries ago. Discrimination based on caste has long been banned in India, yet many say it's still practised there and subtly, even in distant America.

Mazumder said he is a Kayastha, a semi-farming, lower caste, while Promod Khargonekar, the former chairman of the department of electrical engineering and computer science, is a Brahmin, the highest in the caste hierarchy.

According to friends and colleagues who are from India, the caste system is still in effect, official proclaimations to the contrary.