India study suggests meritocracy hampered by classist ideas

March 31, 2015 10:56 PM

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"These findings suggest that the culture in which a child is raised may shape wide-ranging beliefs about the nature of their own abilities," said study author Mahesh Srinivasan.

The promise of democratic capitalism relies on meritocracy -- the idea that if people study and work hard enough, they'll be rewarded for their efforts, regardless of background, race, religion, creed or color.

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