lbh, india has always been racist and casteist. we are just smarter and more insidious than the blunt americans.
smarter - no chance, america uses racism as a weapon - we just use it to feed our insecurities. eg: afro-americans are killed to keep them frightened and in line while USA looks outwards/china for exploiting. We don't have the guts to face-up/fight the USA/Russia/china so we enjoy life to the fullest because we are left with so little anyway and for many people that means feeding their oversized ego (narcissm, the exercise of petty power).
The govt clerk/or middle class jobo collecting his 2 annas has no visions of future greatness - he and his spawn will be long gone but today is today and he can extract something from it.