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List of General Caste in Sikhism

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General Caste (also known as Forward Class, Forward Community, Forward Caste, and Open Category) is a term used in India to denote groups of people who do not qualify for any of the affirmative action schemes operated by the Government of India. These schemes are known as Reservation Benefits.[1] The caste system is liturgically unacceptable to people who practise Sikhism but is nonetheless evident in day-to-day life.[2]

Among the communities considered to be General Castes are:

  • Arora - They mainly included educated shopkeepers, money-lenders, accountants, grocers, perfume sellers, grain traders, etc.
  • Ahluwalia - They are farmers or manufacture liquors
  • Bhabra
  • Khatri - They are involved in merchant and scribe occupations[citation needed]
  • Sikh Rajput

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Srinivasulu, K. (September 2002). Caste & Class Articulation of Andhra Pradesh (PDF). London: Overseas Development Institute. p. 4. ISBN 0-85003-612-7. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  2. Jodhka, Surinder S (11–17 May 2002). "Caste and Untouchability in Rural Punjab". Economic and Political Weekly. 37 (19): 1822. JSTOR 4412102.



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