Inside Story - Should India change its caste-based quota system? (
Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to Haryana state in northern India where protesters have been killed in riots.

Jats - a traditionally rural community of farmers - are demanding more government jobs and places in state-run universities.

They complain of discrimination because of India's caste system, not because they're from a lower caste but from a higher one.

The Jat say they are being shut out because of a quota system that gives more opportunities to Indians from lower castes.

Why are they demanding more opportunities? And what are the roots of the caste system?

Presenter: Mike Hanna


Jaspal Singh - professor of political science at Indira Gandhi National Open University

Dipankar Gupta - sociologist and author of Interrogating Caste: Understanding Hierarchy and Difference in Indian Society

Diego Maiorano - specialist on poverty and inequality in India and fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK

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