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Caste: The origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


"A caste system is an artificial construction, a fixed and embedded ranking of human value that sets the presumed supremacy of one group against the presumed inferiority of other groups."


This book was an instant hit when it was released back in 2020. It is an extraordinary document of history that we don't learn or hear in usual times. And it is one of the most potent non-fiction books to date.

We have read about slavery in the United States, the caste system in India, discrimination and brutal killings during Nazi Germany. This book points out how little we know and how much of that time of era is unspoken.


The book begins by delving into the history and origins of the caste system in each of these countries. Wilkerson emphasizes that caste is not just about race or class but rather a complex system of hierarchy that influences every aspect of an individual's life. The book sheds light on how caste has been shaped through generations and social structures and limits opportunities for those considered "lower" in the hierarchy.


The books shared numerous real-life stories and examples to illustrate the devastating effects of caste on communities and the immense power it holds on people's lives. The author draws striking parallels between the caste system in India, institutionalized racism in the United States, and the hierarchical structure of Nazi Germany.


Caste serves as a wake-up call, forcing readers to confront the uncomfortable truths about systems that continue to shape our societies.


In short, it is a very well-researched and essential read for anyone interested in understanding the hidden social structures. Although I am late in reading this book, but never too late to read something as a thought-provoking book as this.

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