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Not only the caste system
Maybe one or two comments might appear that way, but the others tend to indicate that it is part of the problem, not the sole problem. I suspect that even in urban areas there are plenty of caste bigots just as there are racial bigots in urban areas of the US. I also understand that there is more prejudice in rural areas in both countries (actually, most countries). This is due more to the isolationism that exists in rural areas, leading to a closer knit social structure than in urban areas. I would define certain rural areas of the South (and the North and the rest of the country) not much different in attitude toward outsiders and various ethnic groups than various areas areas of India. Of course, Indian culture is far more ingrained than in the US. Indian culture has developed over thousands of years, compared to a couple of hundred years in the US. he big advantage the US has is the diversification of the people who immigrated (in a relatively short period of time) and proved themselves as capable as those who immigrated before them.