Why are the Shudras treated so badly

The karma and the caste system

Therefore, it is important for the Hindu to replenish his good karma in order to become happier in the next life. How much good karma a believer gets as “start-up capital” is determined by his birth. According to Hindi belief, every person is born into a certain caste because of their karma from their last life. The word "caste" comes from Latin and means something like "pure". Of these so-called castes, there are five main castes in India with many sub castes. The lower the caste, the worse the living conditions of humans. Although the caste system was abolished by the Indian government 60 years ago, most people continue to live according to the rules of this social order.
Belonging to a caste determines how a Hindu lives, how he is treated by society, what profession he pursues and whom he is allowed to marry.
In the big cities of India, the mixing of castes through the right to education has already begun, in contrast to the rural regions.


The people of thought and knowledge such as priests and scholars who know scriptures and rituals.

The people of power and action like kings and warriors who protect the people and defend the land.

The people of the people like farmers, artisans and business people who provide for society.

The people who work and serve like servants, laborers and domestic servants who take care of the welfare of society.

The origin of these four castes can be found in the holy scriptures Rig Veda. A fifth caste has been added over the centuries:

Parias or Dalits
The untouchable and casteless people, the outsiders of society. These people have few rights and are shunned.
No Hindu from any other caste goes near them for fear of becoming defiled mentally and physically.

In general, the members of a caste remain completely to themselves with everyday things, such as meals. Only through good karma and a new rebirth can a Hindu move into a higher - or lower - caste and give his life a new turn. Women, on the other hand, can only hope for an improvement in their living conditions in a higher caste when they are born again. Although they are no less valued, it is still difficult for little girls in Indian society. They are seen as a burden, especially in the country, because the family has to pay a bride price, a dowry or cash benefits to the groom's family in order to get married. Often, however, the bridal family is so poor that they cannot afford it. The girls are therefore poorly cared for, mistreated and even killed. The Indian government banned these dowry payments in 1961 - unsuccessfully. The millennia-old traditions are still too deeply anchored in the life of the Hindus.