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    Quote Originally Posted by chicken View Post
    Is there greater acceptance now? It seemed from the documentary that shadeism is still a huge issue in South Asia
    I think fairer skin has a higher value in India, as there is association with being from a well to do family background, especially for women. But I am not a woman, so I do not really know what motivates them to use nasty bleaching creams.
    I think Caste system would be difficult to eradicate in India, just because the Government promotes it through a race to the bottom, through affirmative action policies that are caste based rather than need based. So generation after generation of people will identify as being from "low caste" even if they are affluent.
    I for example do not believe in the caste system, but I cannot say that for most of my peers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicken View Post


    He's Indian? I've never seen a South Asian that looks like him at least where I live but then again not very many live here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomanoAzteca View Post
    That man is going to haunt me in my sleep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicken View Post


    He's Indian? I've never seen a South Asian that looks like him at least where I live but then again not very many live here.
    Yes he belongs to a South Indian tribe (Paniya).

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicken View Post


    He's Indian? I've never seen a South Asian that looks like him at least where I live but then again not very many live here.
    They're the tribals of India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFL27 View Post
    In India they are still part of modern-day society, not so in Latin American.

    Speaking only of my country of birth, I will admit that skin color is still associated with an individual's social class but as time passes by and Mexico is becoming a modern country, those stereotypes are dying out. Nowadays, many dark-skinned, poor Mestizos have easier access to higher education and are becoming the country's future middle-class and are acquiring a lot of political and social power, as it should be. Of course, old stereotypes are hard to erase from a country's social history but it is getting there and many who were once considered "undesirables" are becoming part of every spectrum of society, not just the lowest part. Also, the "caste" system in Mexico is not linked or bound to religion as it is in India, where you are born into your caste and it is expected that you remain in your caste, associate among people of your caste and marry into your caste and will be known as such until you die. In Mexico, a poor person who works hard, educates himself has the liberty to climb up the social ladder.
    This applies to India also today. There is no restriction on who can and cannot be educated. The only time you see the caste system come up is during weddings, and so you are correct in the sense that even if you are very well educated and are light skinned, you are still stuck in the lower caste if you were born into it.
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    Meat caste:


    Warrior caste:



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    Quote Originally Posted by soulblighter View Post
    This applies to India also. There is no restriction on who can and cannot be educated. The only time you see the caste system come up is during weddings.
    How do you know someones caste? Last name?

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    Meat caste:


    Warrior caste:


    Are you mocking my people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulblighter View Post
    Hmm, I am not sure what you mean here.... but based on what I know, there is no way to jump up the caste ladder within Hindu doctrine. But if the society accepts this can and has happened. In the past, there have been cases where some groups have obtained elevated caste status because that particular population was favored for whatever reason by the society/regent of the past.
    She probably means reincarnation.

    @OP:
    Read this.
    http://www.forumbiodiversity.com/sho...t=caste+system

    Basically, one is born into a caste, nothing to do with skin pigmentation. I have seen dark skinned high castes and the other way round too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicken View Post
    How do you know someones caste? Last name?

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    Are you mocking my people?
    Last names work in North/Central India. But not in all cases in the South(because a lot of south Indians have one name, and no last name).

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