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Gandhi wasn't the greatest

Gandhi wasn't the greatest person in the world; I wish people would quit using him as a reference. Gandhi instituted the Hindu caste system once the British rule dispersed. The Hindu caste system is more restrictive on the grounds of individual liberty than socialism. In the Hindu cast system if you are of a lower caste, and your father was a shoemaker, guess what you would be when you grew up? If you guessed a shoemaker then you would be correct. The people didn't have a choice, with the exception of the higher-level caste such as a Brahman, which were the highest of the high -they're supposedly descendants of the God Brahma.

The Hindu caste system is based on an assumption that lies at odds with the assumption of Western democratic ideals: that all people are created equal.

Of course, caste is more than just a division of labor. It also entails a hierarchy. The hierarchy of caste is not based on wealth. It is founded on purity. Those at the top of the social ladder are regarded as more spiritually pure than those at the bottom. The entire system is thus a gradient of purity.

Here are two good websites to understand the Hindu caste system which Gandhi was a proud supporter of.

The Caste System This is where the two quotes are from.
Hinduism and Caste System

The quotes following are from Hinduism and Caste System:

Caste System has been the bane of Hindu society for centuries. In terms of impact, it did much greater damage for a much longer period to a great many people than the slave system of the western world or the witch-hunting practices of medieval Europe. The Hindu caste system was a clever invention of the later Vedic society, justified by a few law makers. The upper castes found it convenient to retain and perpetuate their social and religious distinction and political and economic advantage.

Brahmins. They are the priestly class, who are entitled to study the Vedas, perform rites and rituals for themselves and for others and obliged to observe the sacraments. They are the middle men between gods and men.

Kshatriyas. They are the warrior class, who are commanded (by tradition) to protect the people, bestow gifts to the brahmins, offer sacrifices to gods and ancestors, study the Vedas, dispense justice, and, according to Manusmriti, abstain themselves from sensual pleasures.

Vaishyas: They are the merchant and peasant classes, who are expected to tend cattle, offer sacrifices, study the Vedas, trade, lend money and cultivate the land. They had the right to perform and participate in certain vedic rituals but they were not allowed to marry women of higher castes.

Shudras: The are the labor class, whose only duty is to serve the other three castes. They were not required to observe any vedic rituals or samskaras except a few. They were not allowed to study the vedas or even hear the sacred chants. They were not allowed to eat food in the company of higher castes or marry their women.

Chandalas: The lowest of the sudras were called chandalas or the impure ones. They were treated as untouchables because of their gory religious practices, penchant for sacrifices, magical rites and unclean habits. In ancient times they were not allowed to enter a village or city during day time or walk in the same street where men of other castes walked. Even their shadow was considered impure and their very sight as a bad omen. So they lived mostly on the fringes of society, unknown and uncared for, following some esoteric religion of their own and working mostly in the graveyards and cremation grounds or as hunters, butchers and professional cleaners of human waste.