Ground Report | New Delhi: Why India is the most racist country?; Racism is a system that finds its roots in ancient times. It has been going on indiscriminately for years and is advancing the interests of the upper caste people. Lower caste people are being exploited and there is no one to listen to their concerns. Indian society is broadly classified into four castes of people. Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras. Brahmins belong to the upper class. In ancient times these people were involved in priestly activities, for which the people held a lot of respect.
According to the research-based inquiry of the world Population Review, the most racist country on Earth is India, followed by Lebanon, Bahrain, Libya, and Egypt. The study classified countries according to the percentage of people who answered in a racist manner when met with the two questions. The breakdown of categories included seven different groups into which a country could fall, based on the answers of the majority of participants.
Expansion is a huge contributing factor in why India has been named the most racist country over the years. About 43.6% of all Indian people who took part in the survey said that they would not be comfortable with neighbors of different cultures, races, or ethnicities than their own. A higher percentage of Indian participants, 64.3%, also reported that they were either discriminated against or seen to be discriminated against in their country.
The socio-cultural system was traditionally divided into castes that were exclusive, hereditary, and endogamous. They were also given rank and unequal and thus showed many of a “breed” characteristics.
India ranks as number one for the most racist country of all the countries included in the study. Located in southern Asia, India is home to about 1.3 billion people. The most prevalent ethnicities in India are people of Tamil, Nepali, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, and Kashmiri origins. All these ethnic groups originated in India, which means that most of the people living in India are Indians themselves.
Caste is a problem, an obstacle to progress, undoubtedly the caste system is a social evil. It is ironic that even after more than seven decades of independence of the country, India has not been able to get rid of the clutches of the caste system. However, as a democratic country, Article 15 of the Constitution states that the state shall not discriminate against citizens in any sphere of life on religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth. But the paradox is that caste is given prominence in the process of application or selection for government posts.
The caste system not only increases the enmity between us but it also works to create a rift in our unity. The caste system sows the seeds of high and low, excellence and inferiority in the mind of every human being from childhood. Being a member of such a caste, if someone gains, then someone has to suffer loss. Caste works against the concept of dignity of labor and this has been the root cause of our politics of slavery.
The weakness of a society affected by the caste system cannot establish political unity in a wide area and discourages a large section at the time of any external attack on the country. Due to selfish politicians, casteism has assumed a more terrible form than before, due to which social animosity has increased.
Caste discrimination is outlawed in India, although it is deeply rooted in the cultures of the common people. In addition, democratic values, human rights movement, and processes of industrialization have influenced India’s rigid social caste system and in some areas have blurred the boundaries of caste and the importance of caste identity has declined.