Communists and its various sects are jatis as are Capitalists . So are various schools of Science and Medicine .
It is a lived community of intentional belief that hardens into a structure , just as Church which breaks into various Protestant jatis again .
We have always understood Sampradaya , never religion . Its is belief system . And Jati can be from a Sampradaya or an historical varna creation as Rajputs are mixed immigrants and tribal heads or an occupation .
we have lost a lot but not everything, a composite model is what will emerge. The Organic food movement is a good example of how rapidly a good thing can spread. Tier 4-5 places are getting into organic now in TN. Millets are becoming a staple again. As per the organic business directory I got at last weekend's fair, TN has the maximum entities dealing in organic and almost all of them are locally conceived and implemented. Again, all of these businesses work directly with farmers or source close to the farms.
Similar work is needed in all fields; Villagers need to get into MoUs with city dwellers creating a guaranteed buyer base for what they produce. I sincerely hope TN will evolve that model soon for the benefit of the country. We are the most urbanized large state and are dealing with the problems of it. Other states don't have to go through what we went through.
(via Sunny Narang)
... The other day I posted how race , class and gender are primary "empathy" groups . But that is a very limited view . An Obama has nothing common with a KalahariBushman despite being of African origin . A Norwegian Nokia factory worker has little in common with a Bangaldeshi garment woman worker . Similarly a South Delhi or Mumbai professional woman has little in common with a Santhal woman in Jharkhand .