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The Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Shantishree Dhulipudi Pandit has given a statement on Monday regarding deities and caste. He said that Hindu gods do not come from any upper caste. Lord Shiva is also a Shudra, as he sits in the cremation ground.
The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organized a seminar in Delhi, the theme of which was- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Thought on Gender Justice: Decoding the Uniform Civil Code.
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Why are we following the caste system till today – Shantashree
Shantisree Pandit said, “No deity is a Brahmin. The highest status is that of a Kshatriya. Shiva must be of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe, because he sits with a snake in the cremation ground. He has very little clothes to wear. Me. Don’t think Brahmins can sit in graveyard. So clearly the deities don’t come from upper caste. If you see Lakshmi, Shakti and Jagannath all deities are tribal. So why are we still continuing this discrimination, Which is very inhumane.”
Statement also given on Indian society and Ambedkar
- If Indian society wants to do something good then it is very important to eliminate caste. I don’t understand why we are so emotional about an identity that is discriminatory and unequal. We are ready to kill anyone to protect this artificial identity.
- Buddhism is one of the greatest religions, as it proves that Indian civilization accepts disagreement, diversity and difference.
- Gautam Buddha was the first opponent of Brahmanical Hinduism. He was also the first rationalist in history. Today we have a tradition revived by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Said on the incident of Jalore – unfortunately today caste is based on birth
In her speech, Shantisree referred to the death of a nine-year-old Dalit boy in Rajasthan who was attacked by his upper caste teacher. She said- “Unfortunately today caste is based on birth. If someone is a Brahmin or a cobbler, does he become a Dalit as soon as he is born? No, I am saying this because recently in Rajasthan a Dalit was lynched to death just because he did not drink water but just touched it. Please understand, this is a question of human rights. How can we treat a fellow human being like that.”
JNU Vice Chancellor is knowledgeable in 9 languages
Pro. Shantisree Dhulipudi Pandit is well versed in Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, Kannada, Malayalam and Konkani languages. She has also written many books. These include Parliament and Foreign Policy in India, Restructuring Environmental Governance in Asia-Ethics and Policy. Read full news…