Caste collapse due to development of Indian IT industry

Caste collapse due to development of Indian IT industry

It is impossible to deny the recent economic development of India. This has come about as a result of the incredible IT-focus of India’s economy, which has benefited immensely as IT and the internet have developed and become increasingly essential for businesses, countries and individuals alike. Hinduism, the most widely followed religion in India, has long held a social status system called the “caste system”, which has caused widespread discrimination and segregation in India. Even now, this “caste system” still exists, but it is said to be collapsing with the development of the IT industry. I will explain this in more detail.

caste system

First of all, you should know what the “caste system” is, to know the situation in India.

“The caste system” is a practice in Hinduism in which they divide people into castes based on a hierarchical structure, and limit occupation and residence, as well as many other things, by these castes. In India, this is called “varna” or “jaty.”

In 1950, although the constitution made discrimination by “caste” illegal, this practice is still strongly rooted.

Caste system is collapsing due to development of IT in India

IT is a modern development, and as such, the “caste system” had not placed restrictions and limitations on IT-related occupations. This meant that companies chose employees based on ability and were not plagued by the “caste system”, so many Indians would get involved in the field, and after the subsequent booms in the demand for IT professionals, many of the “lower caste” Indians were able to procure significant wealth and increase their living conditions, thus effectively nullifying the effect the “caste system” had on their lives. This is still possible as IT-related occupations become more and more in demand and thus more and more profitable.

10% of programmers are Indian

In today’s digital society, the demand for IT professionals is high, and the annual income of development engineers is extremely high. The surprising thing is that about 10% of programmers worldwide are Indian. In other words, one out of every 10 programmers is an Indian, so you can see that the supply of programmers is very high in India.


Before IT, no matter how talented an individual was, they could not get a good job as long as they were placed in a low caste. However, with the development of IT in India, this practice is breaking down.

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