Vivek Sarda


As Interviewed by Ansh Sarda, March 16, 2018
"So you have to imagine, 40 percent of the population is coming from the caste system, and they had 87 percent of the seats. So the rest, 60 percent of the population, had to apply for 13 percent of the seats."
Vivek Sarda

Introductory Profile: About Vivek Sarda

My interviewee was my father, Vivek Sarda. In this podcast, his story takes place in India, where he grew up. This time period was the 1970s and 1980s, when India had a socialist republic. He talks about how the Caste System affected his education, and how hard it was to grow up in that time because of some of the policies the government had at that time.

The Caste System was a social system of organizing people into 5 different divisions: Brahmin, or priests and religious officers, Kshatriyas, or warriors and kings, Vaisyas, or skilled workers, Sudras, or laborers, and Untouchables, or people outside the caste system (street sweepers, latrine cleaners). The Caste System was only used for a specific part of the population, and its use has transitioned down to more modern organizational methods. My father talks about getting into college and just how unfair some of the policies were.