Graded inequality

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“In a system of graded inequality, the aggrieved parties are not on a common level. This can
happen only when they are only high and low. In a system of graded inequality there are the
highest (the Brahmins). Below the highest are the higher (the Kshatryas). Below the higher are
those who are high ([the] Vaishya[s]). Below the high are the low ([the] Shudra[s]) and below
the low are those who are lower (the Untouchables). All have a grievance against the highest
and would like to bring about their downfall. But they will not combine. The higher is anxious to
get rid of the highest but does not wish to combine with the high, the low and the lower lest
they should reach his level and be his equal. The high wants to over-throw the higher that is
above him but does not want to join hands with the low and the lower, lest they should rise his
status and become equal to him in rank. The low is anxious to pull down the highest, the
higher and the high but he would not make a common cause with the lower for fear of the
lower gaining a higher status and becoming his equal. In the system of graded inequality there
is no such class as completely unprivileged class except the one which is at the base of the
social pyramid. The privileges of the rest are graded. Even the low is a privileged class as
compared with the lower. Each class being privileged, every class is interested in maintaining
the system.”

B.R. Ambedkar, Philosophy of Hinduism, in B.R.
Ambedkar, Writings and speeches, Education department,
Government of Mahārāṣṭra, 1993, pp. Bombay, 101-2.

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