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What is difference between Caste and Class?

There have been tremendous interpretations and mis-interpretations over these two words , Jaati , and Varna by lots of scholars of Indian society on this matter. A branch of people believes that Jaati is a profession-based categorization of hindu masses whereas a Varna is a color based categorization of hindu masses.! People , the scholars, have even cited refernces from many Vedic documents to make their assertion and to prove them. But what sounds surprising to me is point that none of the scholars, particularly the English scholars, have attempted to understand the contextual sense of what the authors of those vedic documents have attempted to mean when they speak something about these two systems. For example, one cited Vedic document speaks that the four Varna/Jaati, whatever one may treat that for the time being, were created from the limbs of Manu-- the Brahmins being those from his head and mouth, the Kashtriya being his Arms and hand, the Vaishya being his torso and Sudra b

Is Brahmin truely a Caste???

( an attempt on preventing the modern genetic exploration of  intellectualism of Indians as a contribution of Brahmins and other 'high caste' people only .) Brahmins are the self proclaimed upper caste in India. Vedas were crude documents of aryans which later were refined under the influence of indegenous Yogic and Tantrik civilization of India. The Brahmins , in another opposing view, are only a "Class"("Varna", profession-based categorisation) and not a Caste("Jaati", a descendance-based categorisation) of People. This is because, a Caste, which can be interpreted nearly same as what is called a "tribe' in the west, the brahmins have no specifically described physical features or a geographical region to describe their origin. In the Vedic literature also, there are hardly any specifc story to showcase the origin of this 'caste' of people, unlike the case of oher 'caste'.. Infact the stories which exist also reveal

Corruption through our Culture (based on Geert Hofstede Analysis)

About: Geert Hofstede (click here) an influential Dutch social psychologist and anthropologist . [1] He is a well-known pioneer in his research of cross-cultural groups and organizations . He has played a major role in developing a systematic framework for assessing and differentiating national cultures and organizational cultures . His most notable work has been in developing the cultural dimensions theory . His studies demonstrated that there are national and regional cultural groups that influence behavior of societies and organizations, and that these are persistent over time. He is also an author of several books including Culture's Consequences [2] and Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, co-authored with his son Gert Jan Hofstede. His analysis about India (click here) India has Power- Distance (PDI) as the highest Hofstede Dimension for the culture, with a ranking of 77 compared to a world average of 56.5 India's Long Term Orientation (LTO) Di