Whatever reflections of untouchability and caste
discrimination, we witness in the Hindu Society to day,
is not at all mentioned in 'the Vedas-the authentic sources of Hindu
Dharma. This is why, on religious plane, the Dharmacharyas
have never approved and authenticated these social evils.
is irreligious, inhuman and illogical, and is a sort of mental disease and
attitude. Similarly, the caste discrimination is a social evil, perverted,
distorted and degenerated form of Hindu social system, caused as a result of
various social, religious and political transformations which took place during
the last· thousands years. Both
untouchability and casteism
are quite complex and interwoven social degenerations. These can
neither be easily eradicated simply by enacting Laws
nor can be uprooted by providing financial assistance and political rights and
In order to
eradicate these evils, a strong will power and a vibrant social, religious and
political awakening is urgently needed first. Then, every social and religious
group of the Hindu Society, individualy and
collectively; will have to adopt a more constructive attitude towards these
social evils as a part of their social, religious, ethical and moral duties.
For this, the Hindus will have to educate and understand themselves the true Varnaie social setup as envisaged' in the Vedas, and
transform the society on the basis of humanistic, equity based, judicious
approach. A constructive social revolution is the need of the day.
direction, Prof. K. V. Paliwal has done a yoeman's service by writing a critical treatise on "Untouchability alien to Hindus Dharma" by giving innumberable references from the Hindu Scriptures viz.
Vedas, Mahabaharat, Ramayana, Geeta, Smrities Puranas etc; and has convincingly established that
untouchability and caste discrimination is
unauthentic and non-existent in the Hindu Dharma Shastras.
I hope, this
timely needed thought provoking book will not only generate new dimensions of
study and research in Sociology and Religion, but also help in creating a more
harmonious' society leading to the welfare of one and all by removing a feeling
of untouchability and caste discrimination.
Untouchability and Caste
Dharma and Dharma Shastras
Varnas-their Characteristics and Duties
Origin of the Varnas
to Change Varna
and Privileges of the Shudras
to Birth-Based Caste System
Untouchability and Caste Distrimination
in Hindu Dharma ?
Approach of Hindu Dharma
Untouchability in Some Hindu
Brahma Sutras (81)
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