Hindu Society is a Myth

13 07 2007

The first and foremost thing that must be recognized is that Hindu Society is a myth. The name Hindu is itself a foreign name. It was given by the Mohammedans to the natives for the purpose of distinguishing themselves. It does not occur in any Sanskrit work prior to the Mohammedan invasion. They did not feel the necessity of a common name because they had no conception of their having constituted a community. Hindu society as such does not exist. It is only a collection of castes. Each caste is conscious of its existence. Its survival is the be all and end all of its existence. Castes do not even form a federation. A caste has no feeling that it is affiliated to other castes except when there is a Hindu-Muslim riot. On all other occasions each caste endeavours to segregate itself and to distinguish itself from other castes.

N. B :- Read “Hindus are not a nation“. Both the quotations are from section VI where it is discussed how caste-system has prevented Hindus from becoming a society.

SECTION VI Annihilation of Caste. Vol-I, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writing and Speeches




2 responses

13 07 2007
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29 02 2008
raju sakthivel

i am wondering why Dr.Ambedkar’s views on society or nation is not taken into account by the socalled academic . those who glib on benedict andersons “imagined communities” and those who list out, stalin’s/lenin’s ideas on the characteistics of nation , fail to see the merit of the arguments of Dr.Ambedkar.
In fact, i have an answer that comes from Dr.Ambedkar , that the caste hindu has no sense of appreciation for the merit of others.So no wonder. But, What happened to the so called western scholars of western origin. They simply have no knowledge about indian intellectuals .Like the “orientalists” they also go by the “hindus” who occupy clombia ,yale ,trinity etc.The hindus like the sens,bhagawatis,basues , how they can appreciate Dr.Ambedkar. So i have no wonder, i know the hindu cannot get rid of his sickness . So why to expect right things froma wrong person. Their silenace about Dr.Ambedkar itself is a protection to us, in a way, as their silance about Lord Buddha. I know today i will be the most envious person if Dr.Ambedkar had been alive. What a great man of light and love he is! see the pettiness of man like me who even envy the god. The spirit to become ‘buddha”- the most effulgent is in us.That is why one is daring to envy the god also. May we go forth with the wisdom and love of Dr.Ambedkar and bring forth the wisdom and love among the majority “more”men and women. Long live the light. it is great indeed now,then and ever.

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