The descendants of the conquerors from the North are still more or less on top after several thousand years.
In a 2014 review in Taki’s Magazine of economic historian Gregory Clark’s book on surname analysis, The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, I wrote:
As Clark documents, there appears to be much less social mobility than has been assumed … Strikingly, Clark finds that class persistence appears to be around 0.75 [i.e., social mobility ~ 0.25] not only throughout British and American history, but all over the world, including Japan and welfare state Sweden. Heck, in China, Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution didn’t put much of a long-term dent in which surnames are high-class. …
The one exception to the Law of Social Mobility Clark has found is caste-ridden India, where Clark finds an “overall rate of social mobility close to zero. India seems to be a uniquely immobile society.”
And yet …
Progressive Millennial Indians, Let’s Talk About Why We Never Talk About Caste
While we share memes and hashtags about feminism, colourism, veganism, ally-ism and more, there’s an omnipresent injustice we enforce every day and don’t know how to recognise.
posted on Jun. 23, 2016, at 3:02 a.m.
by Ravikant Kisana
BuzzFeed Contributor, India