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All Hindus were savarnas: BJP leader

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

All Hindus were savarnas and those who weren't were non-Hindus, leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri said today.

Shastri was speaking at an event organised by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the 61st death anniversary of B R Ambedkar.


Many of the 6,500 castes and 50,000 sub-castes in did not exist until the 12th century, he claimed.

Communities that belong to one of the four varnas in Hinduism are called savarnas.

"In his book 'Who Were the Shudras', Ambedkar said of the era are not the Shudras of the ancient or Vedic era, and that they have no association with the Shudras either... Today we see many people saying that in Hindu religion, Shudras were treated poorly.

"Ambedkar is an authority on this issue. If he has said that present day are not Shudras, then they are not. We should try and figure out who they are; there should be research on this," Shastri said.

He said that Ambedkar had quoted professor M A Sherring of the Oxford University who said today's were most probably Brahmins and Kshatriyas during an earlier period.

"Everybody knows that Ambedkar burnt the 'Manusmriti' but do people know that he also gave a written clean chit to Manu? In his book 'The Untouchables', he wrote that there was no untouchability in the Manu era," said Shastri.

Rajinder Kashyap, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Law and Justice, however, disagreed with him.

"Manu codified the system which was in place for long before him in which there was graded inequality. To say that untouchability and caste system came into practice in the 11th century will perhaps not be the truth," he said.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 00:50 IST
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