RSS outfit wants Manusmriti reworked

According to Chand, fresh research should be commissioned on Manusmriti.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:May 14, 2017 4:52 am
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THE RSS’s cultural affiliate Sanskar Bharti is planning to tie up with the Union Ministry of Culture to promote activities that will “correct the lies that people have been fed” about ancient Hindu scriptures being “anti-Dalit and anti-woman”, starting with the Manusmriti, a senior office-bearer of the organisation told The Sunday Express.

According to Amir Chand, joint organisational secretary, Sanskar Bharti, the Sangh outfit believes that people should be educated about “the acceptance that our scriptures teach” through performing arts and awareness activities, such as seminars.

“We are debating the removal of portions from the Manusmriti, which are anti-Dalit and anti-woman and often quoted in arguments against Hindu scriptures,” he said.

“There are some references in Manusmriti where some objectionable things have been mentioned. It should be deleted. We do not support them. We have to see Manusmriti in today’s context. We will suggest to the government that they look into this,” said Chand.

When contacted by The Sunday Express, Union Minister of Culture, Mahesh Sharma said, “We have not received any such proposal. We will take cognizance once we get it.”

Manusmriti is a compilation of rules and regulations prepared by Manu meant for the conduct of a varnashrama, or a social system based on caste. Scholars date the codification by Manu to 200 CE, though claims are made for a much earlier date.

According to Chand, fresh research should be commissioned on Manusmriti.

“We believe that Manu was born 8,000 years ago… There are several versions of Manusmriti, which have been written 5,500 years after his birth and thus the credentials of the authors and their writings need to be questioned. It is a matter of research, someone needs to look in to this,” he said.

Chand said that the scriptures never “promoted anti-Dalit or anti-woman sentiments” and described such interpretations as “propaganda” and the result of “ignorance”.

“Many did not know that Rigveda has 47 richayen (hymns) written by a woman. How can such vedas be anti-woman? It is ignorance about our own scriptures that lead many to criticise them. I can understand that Manusmriti has something wrong, but that can be removed after thorough research into who wrote it,” said Chand.

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    Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan
    May 16, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    Just 1 violent, militant, shooting, lynching number one terrorists, lunatics, mentally ed chitpavan brahmin cannibal pyschopath Rakshasa Swayam Sevaks (RSS) power hungry gosts wants to retain m mirity which believes in brahmins as 1st rate, kshatriyas as2nd, vyshias as 3rd , shudras as 4th rate athmas (souls) and the untouchables (SC/STs) having no souls at all sothat they can inflict any harm and injure them while the Buddha never believed in any soul and that all are equal and our modern cons ution whose chief architect is DR BR Ambedkar. It is better they work for change of the fraud EVMs which is being tampered, distorted and rigged in favour of Murderers of democracy Modi)'s Bahuth Jiyadha Psychopaths (BJP) Private Ltd as they claimed to go for ballots papers when BJP was in opposition. : news.webindia123 /news/Articles/India/20100828/1575461 RSS favours paper ballots, EVMs subjected to public scrutiny Joining the controversy regarding the reliabl
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      Kaliyan. V
      May 16, 2017 at 12:37 am
      The RSS will not stop until it rings the death knell of the BJP government.
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        Kaliyan. V
        May 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm
        The most inhuman in mankind's history is M mriti.
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          Ahmed Manu
          May 15, 2017 at 10:35 am
          Why write what a terrorist organisation has to say. They can keep barking and harping. Why should people waste their time reading about it.
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            Gururaj Narayan
            May 15, 2017 at 10:12 am
            India is governed by the Cons ution. What is the use of deleting objectionable portions of M mriti, when it is not a tool of governance. Stirs up needless controversy.
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              Abansal Spslt
              May 15, 2017 at 8:48 am
              Editing M mriti is changing the Hindu religion. Better abide by the Indian cons ution and leave the scriptures as they are.
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                Kumarpushp
                May 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm
                He is RSS man he does not know 120 million Dalits are converting to Buddhism and Islam even Dr Ambedkar had burnt the m cript long ago .
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                  Bhuvan
                  May 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm
                  In Vedic period there is no caste division in Hindu religion.So ,it is a good news to remove objectionable references to caste from m miti.And make social reformation and equality by education.
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                    Murthy
                    May 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                    One of the strangest of impressions many Indians carry is, "There was NO caste before Manu wrote his Smriti. India was full of equal human beings from Taxila to Kanyakumari and from Pushkalavalli (Balochistan) to Kamaroopa in am." Just imagine, after Manu Smriti, the w of India divided themselves into the four castes he recommended." It is as though Manu had an Army of 100,000 which he sent around all over India to force people into a "caste system' !!! Caste existed everywhere in the ancient world... Plato divided Greek society into castes also. India's caste pre-dates Manu.
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                      Murthy
                      May 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm
                      Since the 1830s, Christian Missionaries have been mistranslating MANU SMIRITI. Since 1940s, criticising Manu had become part of the political platform for winning votes. Very few Hindus have ever READ MANU'S SMRITI. Everyone repeats what the Missionaries had said in the 19th century. Manu did not create 'Caste', not even the 'Varnashrama Dharma'. Those who know Sanskrit will tell you that Manu was reporting and classifying Hindu Society as it was in his time....which Indian historian guestimate to be around the 2nd Century A.D. For instance, he mentions INTER CASTE marriages, lists them all. He includes "Prati-loma" marriages - an upper caste woman marrying a lower caste man - he was only recording social prejudices of his time. He says Pratiloma marriages are not good for the woman and her children. However, he approves of "Anuloma marriages", an uppercaste man marrying a lower caste woman as beneficial to the children.. he was recording what people thought then.
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                        natraj
                        May 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm
                        basically there is no GOD in universe at all - all religions r nothing but fear mongering public limited companies and their priests enjoying benefits and lavish life - indians should go china way of atheism - and only follow compassion of gautam buddha all vedas smritis puranas ramayana mahabharta are sham stories to fool indians - only gautam buddha was true legend rest 36 crore GODS are imaginary characters in play - shun them
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                          Murthy
                          May 15, 2017 at 7:04 am
                          There are NO 36 Crore Gods in Hinduism. In your stani school books you have plenty of propa a against Hinduism. Hindus are free to shape their own Devatas, Isht Devatas, but they know there is only ONE Almighty - Eak Omkaar...."..basically, there is no GOD in universe at all-", vow, you know it, what a Gnani you are. "Indians should go china way of atheism"... you are out of date, Chinese are adopting Christianity as a mark of "modernity". Heard of Falun Gong, a 'born again' version of Buddhism. Update your information...
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                          V M
                          May 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                          Yes you son of a b u should also rewrite Vedas.
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                            Murthy
                            May 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm
                            Well, in your religion you cannot mention any reform even in an internet forum. Yes, Hindus have re-interpreted the VEDAS too. You do not know it, because our Media reporters also are not educated in those matters.
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                            pratyaksha
                            May 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                            Why do we need a book of laws to make us aware of societal needs and aspirations. Let there be whatever is in the book, we should move forward guided by our conscience and the conditions that prevail today. Why do we need a man born 8000 years ago to tell us what is right or wrong, aren't we intelligent and sensitive enough to decide for ourselves?
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                              ravi
                              May 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                              sc st are 25 percent and brahmins are 2 percent 98 percent temple priests are brahmins and 98 percent gutter cleaners manual scavengers are dalits - this is basic LAW OF MANU - a brahmin can commit any crime and no body is above him to punish him and if a dalit tries to get knowledge group of brahmnis and agents will kill him like ROHIT VEMULA was killed by mannuuusmmritii irani
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                                Murthy
                                May 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm
                                Do not live in ignorance, take the trouble to read Manu Smriti. You will find that he recommends 'double punishment' to Brahmins who steal or lie in official do ents. True, he does not recommend death penalty to Brahmins but instead, Brahmin offenders will be out-casted and exiled for any of the pancha maha pathakas they commit. Those punishments were worse than death for Brahmins of those days.
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                                kg
                                May 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                                ANYONE WHO SAYS THEIR HOLY BOOK IS NOT EDITED IS A FOOL.Paper was discovered in 8th century.Before that, all the 'books' of all major religion were tran ed as oral traditions.If anyone wants to believe, that in those hundreds or thousands of years no word got changed.After writing them down, maybe in about 10th century, you could say the books did not change.But before that,if you want to fool yourself, your choice.
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                                  kg
                                  May 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm
                                  Even Muslims who claim their 'book' is unchanged are foo themselves.The present version of their book was actually compiled from carvings on stone, leaves and what people remembered,was then again edited with dots and punctuation, many years later (possibly hundreds, as paper came about in 8th century).Whichever Mulla tells them, not even one dot has changed is just lying.
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                                    Murthy
                                    May 14, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                                    Absolutely correct. A thoughtful observation. King James of England ordered editing The Bible. Christians in England refer to it as the King James' Bible. Medieval Popes eliminated many portions of The Bible which showed "Eastern (Hindu) Influence" - for instance, the Theory of Punar Janma or Re-birth of Souls....
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                                  Paul George
                                  May 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm
                                  Why we have to edit the M mriti. Rather these people should concentrate on Indian cons ution and understand that. Indian cons ution should be upheld rather than some old text
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                                    Atheist
                                    May 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm
                                    True...but in a way it is really positive that they are promoting a religious idea that is pro-equality.
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                                    manu
                                    May 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                                    DR Ambedkars second wife was a brahmin and she married him as a part of brahmnical conspiracy and she killed him by food poisoining and thus brahmins succeded in eliminating leader of dalit uprising
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                                      Murthy
                                      May 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm
                                      Is that so ? Manu Bhai, why don't you write your own "Smriti", which you and your family can follow ? Please do not expect others to follow it, we all have our own Smritis....... So, what caste were ALL of Dr. Ambedkar's wives ??
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                                      Achoot
                                      May 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                                      Why this drama now? Upper castes are anti dalit for sure. Why dont you should tell upper caste Hindus to marry their daughters to dalit men.
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                                        Atheist
                                        May 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
                                        inter caste marraige is growing exponentially. In large metropolitan cities caste is not even a thing people look at.
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                                          Murthy
                                          May 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm
                                          If you sneeze really hard, the "choot" will fly out and then you will be "A" cl or "A" caste..... all caste women will come running to you. Right now, the "choot" is your problem....
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                                          Sudhirbharg
                                          May 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                                          It is a good move. M mriti needs to be corrected. Manu was a flood time King-Seer who along with Bhrigu gave M mriti around 10,000 years ago. Its Verna system is wrongly interpreted and needs explanations in perspective.
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                                            manu
                                            May 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                                            give u r mannussmriiti to 2 percent brahmins who r sucking blood of sc st obc minorities and sitting on chest of india from last 5000 yrs
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                                              Atheist
                                              May 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
                                              Man which world do you really live in.....surely JNU output !!
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                                            Abdul Jamal
                                            May 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm
                                            How the Vatican built a secret property empire using faschist Christian dictator Mussolini's millions. Christian Catholics Papacy used offs tax havens to create £500m international portfolio, featuring real estate in UK, France and Switzerland.Behind a disguised offs company structure, the church's international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929. Since then the international value of Mussolini's nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James's Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland.
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                                              Abdul
                                              May 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm
                                              Good, being honest is beneficial. I hope they stop blaming Muslim's for their cast system and discrimination
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                                                Atheist
                                                May 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                                                People dont blame muslims for caste system and descrimination. The blame is only on raping, p ering and murdering people in the name of religion.
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