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Castes are enclosed units and themselves into a caste. cumstance that is merciless, and The it some unfortunate groups is it their conspiracy with excommunicated to make clear conscience that compels the logic is find in of this obdurate obedience to its cir- force themselves enclosed, be- cause others in enclosing, themselves have closed them out, with the result that new groups (formed on any basis obnoxious to the caste rules) by a mechanical law are constantly being converted into castes This is told the second tale multiplicity.

This It I call the is mechanistic mechanistic because of approach, as well as the of the subject has psychological one, to the explanation escaped my predecessors is entirely due to the fact that they have conceived Caste as a unit by itself and not as one within it is a inevitable. That System of Caste. this line The result of this oversight or lack of 29 sight has been very detrimental to the proper understanding of the subject matter and therefore its correct explanation. I will proceed to offer my own explanation by making one urge you to bear constantly in mind.

Take India as a whole with its various communities designated by the various creeds to selves which they owe allegiance, to madans. Jews, Christians and wit, the Parsis. Hindus, the rest within themselves are ties. if the Hindus, Now, barring the non-caste communi- But with respect to each other they are castes. four enclose first closed out, group A themselves, but are indirectly closed Muham- Again, the Parsis are directly in. Symbolically if wants to be endogamous, group B has to be so by sheer force of circumstances.

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