Is caste system a product of colonial rulers?
Uday Kumar Habbu

Ancient India had something called varnas. The 4 main varnas were brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Shudras. Caste is derived from a portugese word. The closest to the European meaning of caste was jati. There was no clear cut division between the varnas and they were able move from varna to another. It was in the colonial British interest to keep them separate , divide and rule ;)

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