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Caste System Influnce In Indian Urban Planning

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Mr. Narendra Rajbanshi Senior Town Planner, Municipal Corporation of Jaipur "Influence of Caste System and Religion in Indian Urban Planning" Mr. Rajbanshi started by noting that the caste system is more prevalent in India than in the rest of the world. The caste system divides people into classes. India initially had four classes of people which were; The Brahamins (noblemen), Kshatriya's (warriors), Vaish (economist or traders), and the Studras (servicemen, the working class). In India's caste one class of people is more important and the others feel subservient, except the warriors, the warriors have their own jobs and concerns. The classes are divided by ...view middle of the document...

The caste system effected planning by effecting the household levels. The British found the caste system very beneficial because they could easily recruit the natives instead of bringing more soldiers from England. The main economic concern was the very low economic conditions. The caste system survived though several different national instabilities such as war and independence. After independence the uplifting of the lower class began. Incentives were given to them, but this was not enough the social barrier was not removed. The real living conditions of these people were not removed either. There was no talk about eradicating the slums only improving them. Land prices came into play and when they started to decline the slums began to multiply. In India religion is the one thing that binds all people. The Indian planning system was run by writings in books of earlier times. Religion separated and gave different facilities. Christianity had hundreds worship in a big open space, Muslims had mosque in which thousands opened in a big open space. However the Hindu temples were divided into four quarters in which people walked around singly and worshiped by themselves. The irony of the caste system in India is that the current president is from the lowest class.I think that religion in the caste system really wasn't discussed in any detail. However it sounds like Indian government is trying to get rid of the current caste system, and that at one point the caste system was a usefully system for the king to be able to run the kingdom.

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