Brilliant article, Sangeetha.

Perceptive, hardhitting and utterly true. As an Indian man, I completely empathise with your writing. All valid points.

My tuppence based on Angela Saini's excellent "Superior": In India, inter-caste marriage was legalised in 1954 but a survey in 2016 showed that almost 40% of adults in Delhi think there should be laws preventing it. Inferior castes bring impurity to the bloodline. A 2014 report by Human Rights Watch found that teachers in some schools still force lower-caste students to clean toilets and sit apart from everyone else. Biological purity is a living practice in India, propped up by mythology, enforced by caste and practised by everyone.

I reckon it makes a perfect science-backed companion article to your brilliant writing - so would really appreciate your feedback!