Sounds like the Russian weapons dealers are about to get a juicy contract.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
Nice try, but the caste system you refer to had no social or economical meaning until the arrival of the British.The castes did not constitute a rigid description of the occupation or the social status of a group. Since British society was divided by class, the British attempted to equate the Indian caste system to their own social class system. They saw caste as an indicator of occupation, social standing, and intellectual ability. Intentionally or unintentionally, the caste system became more rigid during the British Raj, when the British started to enumerate castes during the ten year census and codified the system under their rule.
The Dalits, or the people outside the varna system, had the lowest social status. The Dalits, earlier referred to as "untouchables" by some, worked in what were seen as unhealthy, unpleasant or polluting jobs. In the past, the Dalits suffered from social segregation and restrictions, in addition to extreme poverty. They were not allowed temple worship with others, nor water from the same sources. Persons of higher castes would not interact with them. If somehow a member of a higher caste came into physical or social contact with an untouchable, the member of the higher caste was defiled, and had to bathe thoroughly to purge him or herself of the impurity. Social discrimination developed even among the Dalits. Upper sub-castes among Dalits, like dhobi, nai etc., would not interact with lower-order Bhangis, who were described as "outcasts even among outcastes".
Now, back to our regularly scheduled topic. So, the British, those good guys who modernized the primitives and recieved no thanks, when they were not as bad looters and pillagers as the Spanish and French, are now backing away from Israel. Will other European countries do so as well, or is this simply a British reaction to domestic powers?
How does it work? I can't tell ya, I haven't studied the issue.
But when a person is always there to complain about how evil and bad his country is and is never there to point out at the good things that it does, he shouldn't even consider calling himself a patriot.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Why am I so hesitant to proclaim such labels? Herman Goering said it best:
Voice or no
voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in any country."