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 Post subject: Re: The Irish Education system. Bork central
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:14 am 
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Your religion and/or caste status follows you round like a bad smell in India.

Outsiders don't really understand this.


Or like a good smell, if you're at the top

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Brahmins have been the most high-status class in India for a millenium, and practice marital endogamy. It is no surprise that their descendants tend to do well professionally outside India too.


They play the person of color card very well, particularly in the US

What this has to do with the Irish education system is anyone's guess


Well someone raised diaspora Indians.

I only ever met one Irish-raised person of Indian descent in the Irish education system.

He was on the way to a phd, and indeed was a Brahmin.


I am not certain, but it is very likely that Leo Varadkar's father is from a high caste.


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 Post subject: Re: The Irish Education system. Bork central
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:20 am 
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Skippy 3 wrote:
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Most diaspora Hindus are of the Brahmin caste.

Like Brahmins back in India, they tend to occupy elite positions in society.


Not strictly true.

But assuming it was the case, the same argument could be made with regard to Sikhs in the UK or elsewhere vis a vis Muslims, Sikhism being a religion that rejects the caste system entirely (at least in theory).


Muslims and Sikhs may 'reject' the caste system, but that doesn't mean they can opt out of it.

Your religion and/or caste status follows you round like a bad smell in India. It impacts on what you can work at, who you can socialise with, where you can live, and who you can marry. Indians know the caste status of literally every other Indian they know.

Outsiders don't really understand this.

Brahmins have been the most high-status class in India for a millenium, and practice marital endogamy. It is no surprise that their descendants tend to do well professionally outside India too.


While caste remains highly relevant in India (especially outside the urban 'metros'), its importance has diminished to a degree during recent times.

By way of example, this lady, Devyani Khobragade, was at the centre of a large diplomatic spat between the Indians and the US in 2013 due to her importation of a nanny from India on a diplomatic visa, whom she subseuqently paid at well less than what comstitutes the minimum wage in the US.

Khobragade, a diplomat, is of dalit caste ie the 'untouchables' who traditionally cleaned toilets etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devyani_K ... e_incident

While Brahmins do generally remain better off the Dalits (or others), education and wealth attainment by many, especially young people who have moved into the large cities away rom extended family networks, has lessened some of the old demarcations.

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 Post subject: Re: The Irish Education system. Bork central
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:09 am 
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Interestingly the most common surname name for a medic in the United States is Patel. Which isn't a Brahmin caste as far as I can make out...


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 Post subject: Re: The Irish Education system. Bork central
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:06 pm 
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Any good online articles on the Indian Caste system. I work with a lot of Indians, it's hard to get a handle on what is going on in their interactions. You see ones whose job is of lower importance but carrying much more weight in conversations amongst them and vice-versa.

I remember talking to a couple of them when drink was taken and one of them saying that they didn't listen to the line manager because he was an untouchable and only got the job because of equality legislation. The others, once they found out what we were discussing, shut him up and drank up. I had thought the line manager inept but subsequently you could see that the rest of the Indian members of our team were constantly undermining him and he didn't enough self-confidence to enforce his will.

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 Post subject: Re: The Irish Education system. Bork central
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:08 am 
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I think the dominance of the Brahmins is not set in stone. They are the priestly class, but with modern times commercial savvy/tradition is more important.

Jews were traditionally banned from many sectors but it's arguably worked out in their favour


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