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India: Caste, Commitments, and Change
India: Caste, commitments, and change

Pranajaye per vachan ne jay e. “(I can) let go of my life but not of my promise.”

Indian Proverb

The words promise and fulfillment of promise have immense significance in Indian society, as indicated in Indian mythology and religious Hindu and Islamic texts. One of the most revered epics, the Ramayana, was written to document the life of Lord Rama, a Hindu deity who spent 12 years in exile to fulfill his father's promise to his stepmother. The Koran, the Islamic religious text, narrates the story of how Prophet Mohammed was willing to sacrifice the life of his only son to fulfill his implicit promise to God. The importance of promise and fulfillment is also evident in ...

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