The Caste Divide

An investigation into a hidden form of social hierarchy taking hold in Britain today, the INDIAn caste system.

For many of the nearly one million Britons of INDIAn origin the caste system continues to exert a powerful influence over their everyday lives.

Yet it's a subject many feel is still taboo.

BBC Community Affairs reporter Naresh Puri hears the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 'untouchables' living in Britain, and from those who still believe in the virtues of caste.

He finds out whether tradition can merge with a modern British identity, when it comes to the caste system.

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An investigation into a hidden form of social hierarchy taking hold in Britain today, the INDIAn caste system.

For many of the nearly one million Britons of INDIAn origin the caste system continues to exert a powerful influence over their everyday lives.

Yet it's a subject many feel is still taboo.

BBC Community Affairs reporter Naresh Puri hears the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 'untouchables' living in Britain, and from those who still believe in the virtues of caste.

He finds out whether tradition can merge with a modern British identity, when it comes to the caste system.