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Manusmriti Kee Shav Parreksha

Booklet : Manusmriti Kee Shav Parreksha
(Post-mortem of Manusmiriti)
Authors : Sohan Lal Shastri
Publisher : Bhartiya Bauddha Mahasabna, Delhi, 4th edition, 2001 (1st ed.
1958)
Price : Rs. 30/- only
No. of Pages : 119

The booklet divided in twelve chapters is a translation of Manusmiriti that underpins the social anomalies in it, and its absolutist character in demarcating social roles and duties on the basis of varna. It is a source of mental imprisonment of untouchables and other backward castes, and a license for hegemony of Brahmins and Brahaminism. Brahamins, according to it, are true gods on earth who have kshatriya’s and vaishyas to aid and assist them. The remaining population is no less than animal. Hence, Manu makes India a land of divinely privileged butchers. Although Manu is no more, his ghost continues to exercise influence on political process of India in terms of exclusion from education and other natural rights of traditionally deprived population. In fact, Manu’s main aims were purity of race, colour and occupation. However, in modern times, these are disappearing although Hindu religious leaders continue to bark on its continuity. If Hindus’ still acknowledges Manusmriti as sacrosanct, it bodes ill for their future.

 

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