The writers' class of ancient India— a case study in social mobility

  title={The writers' class of ancient India— a case study in social mobility},
  author={Chitrarekha Gupta},
  journal={Indian Economic \& Social History Review},
  pages={191 - 204}
  • C. Gupta
  • Published 1 June 1983
  • Economics
  • Indian Economic & Social History Review
The varna system in India is essentially based on a classification of occupation. However, the Dharmasastras have given only a theoretical and general classification of work to be done by the various varnas. Details of job classifications and their association with caste groups are often difficult to determine. Inscriptions also provide us with the names of different professions and persons associated with them. Nevertheless, the problem remains, because the names of people are not always… 

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