‘No God is a Brahmin’, says JNU Vice Chancellor, flags ‘gender bias’ in Manusmriti
Hindu Gods don’t anthropologically come from the higher caste, mentioned JNU Vice Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit whereas delivering the keynote handle on the B R Ambedkar Lecture Sequence organised by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Talking on the subject “Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s Thought on Gender Justice: Decoding the Uniform Civil Code”, Pandit mentioned, “Anthropologically, scientifically… please have a look at the origins of our gods. No god is a Brahmin. The best is a Kshatriya. Lord Shiva have to be a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe. As a result of he sits in a cemetery with a snake… they’ve given him little or no garments additionally to put on. I don’t assume Brahmins can sit within the cemetery. So in case you see, clearly, the gods anthropologically don’t come from the higher caste. Together with Lakshmi, Shakti, all of the gods. Or in case you take Jagannath, very a lot a tribal. So, why are we nonetheless persevering with with this discrimination, which could be very, very unhuman.”
The JNU VC additionally mentioned that the “Manusmriti” has categorised all ladies as “shudras”, which is “terribly regressive”.
“All ladies, based on the “Manusmriti”, are shudras. So, no lady can declare she is a Brahmin or anything. I imagine it’s only by marriage you get the husband’s or the daddy’s caste on to you. I feel that is one thing terribly regressive,” she mentioned.
In her speech on Monday, Pandit referred to the current dying of a nine-year-old Dalit boy in Rajasthan after he was allegedly assaulted by his upper-caste trainer.
“Sadly, there are a lot of individuals who say caste was not primarily based on start, however right now it’s primarily based on start. If a Brahmin or some other caste is a cobbler, does he instantly turn out to be a Dalit? He doesn’t…. I’m saying this as a result of not too long ago in Rajasthan, a younger Dalit boy was crushed to dying simply because he touched the water, didn’t even drink, touched the water of an higher caste. Please perceive, it is a query of human rights. How can we deal with a fellow human being in such a approach?” she mentioned.
Referring to Ambedkar’s landmark “Annihilation of Caste”, she mentioned, “If Indian society needs to do effectively, annihilation of caste is very essential… I don’t perceive why we’re so emotional of this identification that could be very discriminatory, very unequal. And we’re prepared even to kill any person to guard this so-called artificially constructed identification.”
Talking in regards to the intersection of caste and gender, she mentioned, “If you’re a girl and also you come from the reserved classes, you might be doubly marginalised. First, you might be marginalised as a result of you’re a lady, then you might be marginalised since you come from a so-called caste, which is given every kind of stereotypes.”
In keeping with her, Buddhism proves the acceptance of dissent in “Indic civilisation”.
“I feel Buddhism is among the biggest religions as a result of it proves that the Indic civilisation accepts dissent, range and distinction. Gautama the Buddha was the primary dissenter towards what we name Brahminical Hinduism. Please perceive he was additionally the primary rationalist in historical past… we’ve got a convention revived by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,” Pandit mentioned.
Pandit, who is aware of Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit and English, was earlier Professor within the Division of Politics and Public Administration on the Savitri Phule Pune College. This February, she was appointed as the primary lady VC of JNU for a interval of 5 years. Her areas of analysis embrace worldwide relations, Asian research, tradition and international coverage, battle, violence and gender.