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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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  1. Franciscanisha Gomesbukkam
    Dec 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    Anything that was written in the past which is harmful to our society today should be ignored. Because, the persons who wrote those texts maybe were not aware of the I'll effects their writings would create in the future or maybe they themselves were biased. . I believe that on the day the cons ution of India came to power, it should be given the first priority because the cons ution promises to give all Indians equal rights. So, the caste system, and religion of anyone should never be considered in the country. All our governments should work for the uplifting of the oppressed in our society by first treating everybody in the country equally.
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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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