I do not propose any leveling of castes.
Caste is a very good thing.
Caste is the plan we want to follow.
What caste really is,
not one in a million really understands.
There is no country in the world without caste.
In India, from caste we reach to the point
where there is no caste.
Caste is based through out on that principle.
The plan in India is to make everybody a Brahmin,
the Brahmin being the ideal of humanity.
If you read the history of India you will find that attempt shave always been made to raise the lower classes.
Many are the classes that have been raised.
Many more will follow till the whole will become Brahmin.
That is the plan.
We have to raise them without bringing down anybody.
And this has mostly to be done by the Brahmins themselves,
because it is the duty of every aristocracy to dig its owngrave;
and the sooner it does so, the better for all.
No time should be lost.Interview in The Hindu.
- Swami Vivekananda
Chennai, 1896. Complete Works, 5: 214