Utpal Kumar Live with Madhu Kishwar
Utpal Kumar is a journalist working with Firstpost. He was previously associated with The Sunday Guardian, Mail Today, HT and The Pioneer. Utpal uses his voice and writing to enlighten his audience on critical religious and social issues that India is facing today.
Dr BR Ambedkar called Dalits “depressed classes”, but they were much more than that. They, in fact, have been the vanguard of Hinduism and Hindu civilisational values, taking up arms against the enemies of the Indic value system.
So, who were Dalits? Traditionally, Indian society is based on the chaturvarna system—Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. And it was a largely flexible social set up where a Shudra or a Kshatriya could become Brahmin, and vice versa. There are several examples to bolster this claim. Also, contrary to claims that Shudras were persecuted, evidence suggested otherwise. Even the much reviled Manusmriti talks about greater respect, protection for them. The number of Shudras in ancient times was ideally not to surpass other castes.
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