August 30, 2010
By Winsip Custer CPW News Service
|Handmade Castanets product of new|
Castanet-Cast Net Caste
When asked if he would purchase a set of castanets or cast nets from the new caste Sinjupta said “I get my cast nets and castanets from two companies in China which I forecast will make a lot of money from their relationship with the Brahmin caste.”
“Does the new caste supply any Indian made parts to the Chinese castanet and cast net manufacturers?” Sinjupta was asked.
“No, the new caste receives all their castanet and cast net parts from China and assemble them here because they can do it so much cheaper than the workers in China,” said Singupta.
|Castanet-Cast Net Caste|
fisherman near New Delhi
testing a new cast net
“From which caste do you find the new castanet and cast net caste members coming?” I asked Singupta.
“From unemployed and underemployed Untouchables,” he said.
"So the new caste is "free floating" at the bottom of the caste system?" Singupta was asked. "For now, but they might not stay there forever. After all we believe in reincarnation," he said.
When asked about demand for castanets and cast nets worldwide, Sinjupta said "We had a run on cast nets in Louisiana following the BP oil spill. Not for fishing but for capturing oily pelicans and we sold a good number of castanets as artificial oysters and clams which the caste hand painted to look like the real thing. With oysters harder and harder to find we think that the castanet-oysters will really grow in demand, though they sell for less than half the price of castanets."