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Caste system in software development

Indian society was practising caste system wherein human beings were classified into Brahmins (typically priests & teachers) who are custodians of knowledge , Kshatriyas (typically royal families) who are protectors, Vaisyas (business class) who hold money and Shudras who serve the rest …. and then there is outcasts as well who do not belong to any of this …

This is almost gone though its traces remain still in isolated pockets …. it was a system which maintained some kind of balance but what is worst about it is that it straightjackets human

World has a way of repeating itself …. in the software industry, which is run & practised by the educated, still practices a kind of caste system while one job is considered inferior to another …. management is great and many of the managers I know has long lost touch with the current technologies …. architecting is great but how can that happen without testing …. then testing is considered to be inferior … of course, situation is gradually changing


December 16, 2004 - Posted by | software engineering, Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. That’s an interesting post on caste system and software engineering. i think that’s more of a fundamental human problems. caste system better called as ‘race system’ in the west is surely prevalent everywere.

    next this is some feature prevalent in all manner of jobs. the white collar jobs really look down the hand or rather hardworking people. even among the white collar, this exists, say an IITian engineer working in a environment where non IITians exists. ego exits. this is the root cause of any caste or race system. so the solution to this is to understand that we are after all mortal humans.

    its true than managers love to do the jobs which requires more “intellect”. its perfect. but i think more than testers, they require softwares were they can do modelling and simulation before so that they can self verify before they standardize the architecture. but do such tools exist?

    Comment by Mathew Koshy | December 17, 2004

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