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Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims - Part 3: The Impact of the Aryan Invasion of India

 

By Masood Alam Falahi

 (Translated From Urdu by Yoginder Sikand for New Age Islam)

 (Part 3 of Masood Alam Falahi's Urdu book Hindustan Mai Zat-Pat Aur Musalman (‘Casteism Among Muslims in India’))

Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims - Part 1

URL of Part 1: http://www.newageislam.com/books-and-documents/Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims-Part 1-The domination of-high-caste Muslims that parallels the Hindu case/d/3611

Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims - Part 2: Indian Muslim Society in the Shadow of Casteism

URL of Part 2:  http://www.newageislam.com/books-and-documents/caste-and-caste-based-discrimination-among-indian-muslims---part-2--indian-muslim-society-in-the-shadow-of-casteism-/d/3616

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 [Translator's Note: This is a translation of Dr. Faridi's Introduction to Masood Alam Falahi's Urdu book Hindustan Mai Zat-Pat Aur Musalman (‘Casteism Among Muslims in India’) [Ideal Foundation, Mumbai, 2009, pp. 32-35. For the sake of brevity, I have deleted some lines that I did not find directly relevant. I have sought to present the spirit of the text and, hence, have not made a literal translation throughout.-Yoginder Sikand, NewAgeIslan.com]

 

Definition of Caste

According to sociologists, caste refers to a social system characterised by hierarchically-ordered divisions based on birth. In such a system, there is a strict limit to one’s choice of occupations, which is, theoretically, inherited over the generations. There are also strict rules that govern and restrict commensality, marriage and other forms of social intercourse between the different castes. At the same time, each caste is interdependent on the other castes for various services. A caste-based society is contrasted with a class-based one, in which, at least in theory, people’s status depends on achievement, rather than birth.

The Original Inhabitants of India

Historians continue to debate as to who the original inhabitants of India were, which race they belonged to, and when, if at all, they came to India. It is surmised that the original inhabitants of the land were a dark-skinned, short-statured people similar to the aborigines of Australia, and that they were later followed by the Dravidians. It is widely believed that fair-skinned Aryans invaded India from the north-west and vanquished the Dravidians. They enslaved many of them, turning them into ‘low’ caste menials, forcing many others to flee down south.  Some of these people who never submitted in the face of Aryan terror fled to the forests in the mountains of central and eastern India. These are today known as Adivasis, and include such communities as the Bhils, Santhals, Oraons, and so on. Their hatred for the Brahmins and other Aryans remains undiminished even today, after thousands of years.

Some historians date the process of the beginnings of a series of Aryan invasions of India to around 2500 B.C.. The crafty Aryans conspired to create dissensions in the ranks of the Dravidians, and managed to defeat them. After this, they subjected them to heinous forms of degradation and oppression, for which they sought to provide religious sanction. This is clearly evident in all the Brahminical texts. Thus, for instance, the Rig Veda hails the slaughter by the Aryans, supposedly assisted by their gods, of literally hundreds of thousands of Dasyus, a demeaning name for the original people of India. The Aryans raped the Dravidians, that is to say indigenous Indian, women on a massive scale, believing this to be a means for acquiring religious merit. In his Satyarth Prakash, Dayanand Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj, mentions that according to a particular Hindu sect, having sexual intercourse a Chandal woman is like pilgrimage to Kashi, and with a Chamar woman it is like bathing at Prayag. Sex with a Dhobi woman is like visiting Mathura, while with a loose woman it is like undertaking the pilgrimage to Ayodhya. This is one way how the Aryans sought to insult and degrade the Dravidians.

Caste in the Hindu Scriptures

The Hindu scriptures are replete with many other such demeaning references to the indigenous Indians who dared to oppose the Aryans. After killing vast numbers of them, the Aryans enslaved the rest of these people as Shudras and Untouchables. They subjected them to barbaric laws in the name of religion so that they would never dare to raise their heads again. The Aryans enslaved the Indians not just physically but psychologically as well. In order to preserve their hegemony, they devised the caste system, and sought to give it religious legitimacy through their scriptures. In this way, they were able to quash all feelings of resentment and revolt among the vanquished. They invented the theory of reincarnation through which they held out what they claimed was the possibility that ‘low’ caste people could be reborn as Brahmins in their next life but only if they strictly abided by the rules and cruelties of the caste system in their present life. Gradually, the indigenous Indians fell prey to the Brahmins’ propaganda and, taught by the Brahmins to hate their own indigenous culture, were slowly absorbed into the Hindu or Brahminical religion. The Brahmins referred to them with demeaning names, such as ‘Das’ or ‘slave’, and even today many of their descendants continue to use such titles, afraid that if they were to give up such names, the gods might be infuriated with them.

The different social groups that formed the Hindu social order remained endogamous, and many of them had different religious beliefs, but one belief was shared by all of them—that of the alleged superiority of the Brahmins. According to certain foreign travellers in the medieval ages, some Hindu non-Brahmin kings would decline to have sex with their newly-wed queens on the first night of their marriage. Instead, they would present that honour to some allegedly respectable Brahmins, and would even pay them for this. This, for instance, is said to have been the practice in some parts of Kerala.  In large parts of India, non-Brahmins believed that if they drank the water in which a Brahmin had washed his feet they would acquire great spiritual merit. This practice has not entirely died out. None other than the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, who belonged to the Shudra Kayasth community, washed the feet of a large number of Brahmins in Benaras. Then, collecting the dirty water in which their feet had been cleaned, he showered it on himself and his wife, and even drank it. This happened soon after he had been sworn in to the top-most post in the country. When some newspapers criticised him for this, his answer was that he had become the President of India only because of the blessings of the Brahmins.

Indian history is replete with stories of the evil genius of Brahmins who were fiercely wedded to caste. In his Satyarth Prakash, Dayanand Saraswati, himself a Brahmin, speaks of the bizarre beliefs invented by the Brahmins in order to make merry, wallow in luxury and rule over others, going to the extent of claiming to be gods and as beings worthy of worship.  They declared themselves to be bhu devtas or ‘gods on earth’. They went so far as declaring that without propitiating them, people could never hope to enter heaven. If they refused to serve them, the non-Brahmins were told, they would be dispatched to hell. They invented stern rules about caste which they filled their scriptures with, including the Vedas, the Puranas, the Mahabharat, the Ramayan, the Gita and the Smritis.

One of these texts is the Manusmriti, the law-code of the Brahminical Hindus, which is said to be a commentary on the Vedas. It is also considered to be a summary of, and, at the same time, a detailed commentary on, all the ancient Hindu texts. It contains a huge number of laws and regulations, especially about caste. Even from a superficial reading it appears that a principal function of the text is to legitimise Brahminical supremacy and the degradation of the indigenous Indians. It claims that the Brahmins were produced from Brahma’s head, while the Shudras emanated from his feet. It insists that the Brahmins are ‘twice-born’, in contrast to the ‘once-born’ Shudras. It lays down that God has deemed only one work fit for a Shudra, and that is to cheerfully serve and slave for the ‘upper’ castes. It recommends that Brahmins should have ‘auspicious’ names, while those for Shudras should connote degradation. It recommends abject poverty for the Shudras. It claims that a Brahmin, even if he is ignorant and of bad character, is an exalted god worthy of being worshipped and can preach to a king. It insists that Shudras be cruelly punished for any small infraction of the barbarous rules of caste, and ordains that those who provide Shudras with religious knowledge will be destined to perdition in hell. If a Shudra so much as hears the Vedas being recited, it announces, boiling lead should be poured into his ears. If he recites any verse of the Vedas, his tongue should be lopped off. If he memorises any part of the Veda, his body should be split into two.

Such teachings exalting the Brahmins and demeaning the Shudras are also found in the Ramcharitmanas of Tusli Das, which is considered a very holy book by many Hindus. Tulsi Das claims that a person who criticises Brahmins has to pass through many different hells, after which he is reborn as a crow. He writes that even an abusive, violent Brahmin is worthy of being worshipped, while even if a Shudra is a great scholar he can never be so. He equates Shudras and women with drums and animals, and says that all of them are fit to be beaten. If anyone hits a Brahmin or even simply intends to do so, he writes, he will be sent to hell and will be reborn as an ass.

Brahminical law-givers and religionists not only trapped the indigenous Indians with such brutal laws but also ensured that it was difficult, indeed almost impossible, for them to break the shackles of these laws. In this way, they ensured that the Brahminists could continue their unquestioned hegemony. They insisted that every caste must strictly abide by its varna or jati dharma or caste duty, and laid down that ensuring this was the principal function of the ruler.

Enforcing the Rule of Caste

Followers of Brahminism and Manuvad worship cows, pigs, dogs, cats, donkeys, snakes, scorpions and even the sexual organs of males and females, while, at the same time, they believe in texts whose authors preach that vast numbers of people—the indigenous Indians—must be treated as worse than vermin. To expect people who follow such books to be kind to those people who their religious texts so brutally oppress is like hoping for warmth from ice or coldness from fire. This is well exemplified throughout our country’s history.

In Brahminical texts, Chandals are termed as the most despicable creatures in the world. Even the air that blows against their bodies is deemed to be polluted. Simply to look at them is regarded as a sign of ritual pollution. They were forbidden, on the pain of death, from entering the localities inhabited by the so-called ‘high’ castes.

It was not just ‘ordinary’ ‘high’ caste people who firmly held on to such cruel beliefs and who practised these rules. Even figures whom the Hindus consider as their deities and religious heroes are said to have done so. For instance, in the Mahabharat, Dronacharya refused to teach Eklavya archery simply because of his ‘low’ caste. Eklavya was not disheartened byt his refusal, and learnt the art on his own. This greatly enraged Arjun, who complained to Dronacharya that Eklavya, a Shudra, had even excelled him. Dronacharya made the hapless Eklavya sacrifice his own thumb so that, henceforth, he would not be able to wield his bow properly. And that is how Arjun managed to triumph over him.

The behaviour of Ram with regard to the ‘low’ castes was no different. According to the Valmiki Ramayan, one day, when Ram, along with Sita and Lakshman, was in exile in the forest, he met Shurpanakha, sister of Ravan, who fell in love with him and asked him to marry her. Ram declined, but suggested that she could marry Lakshman instead. But Lakshman, too, refused. Ram indicated to Lakshman that Shurpanakha was of a ‘low’ caste and ordered him to cut her nose and ears off. Ram refused to marry Shuparnakha simply because she was a Shudra, of the Dravidian race, while he was a Kshatriya.

The Valmiki Ramayan also relates the story of an old Brahmin whose son suddenly died at a very young age. Taking the boy’s corpse with him, he entered Ram’s court, loudly exclaiming that never before had anyone died at such a tender age. There must certainly be something terrible happening in Ram’s kingdom that this had happened, he said, pleading with Ram to bring the lad back to life.

On hearing all this, Ram gathered his ministers to discuss what should be done. Just then, a group of eight Brahmins, including Narad, entered the court. Narad narrated the reason why the Brahmin boy had died. In the earliest times, that is Sat Yug, he said, only Brahmins used to worship and that is why no one died at a young age then, and everyone had a long life. However, in the Treta Yug, the Kshatriyas also began worshipping, because of which Manu and others had to devise the rules of varna, according to which the Brahmins now shared the right to worship with the Kshatriyas, while these two castes were served by the Vaishyas and the Shudras. When the Dwapar Yug would arrive, the Vaishyas, too, would get the right to worship, he said. But in none of these three ages would the Shudras ever earn the right to worship. However, in the evil age of Kali Yug, some products of what he called shudra yoni (people born from the private parts of Shudra women) would, defying the law of caste, take to worship, he warned. He told Ram that it must certainly be that a Shudra somewhere in his kingdom was engaged in worship so that unnatural events, such as the death of the Brahmin lad, were taking place. It was adharm or a gross violation of religion or dharma, he said, for a Shudra to do so, and if a king did not prohibit adharm from happening in his kingdom, he would be sent to hell. Hence, he advised Ram to search for the Shudra engaged in the supposedly irreligious act of worship and kill him. By doing so, he said, the Brahmin lad would come back to life and dharma would prosper.

On the instigation of Narad, Ram armed himself and set off looking for what Narad had indicated to him was the source of adharm in his kingdom. After much searching, he finally spotted a lake near a mountain where he saw a man engrossed in stern austerities. Ram went up to him, and asked him his name and his caste. The man replied that he was a product of a shudra yoni, and that his name was Shambhukh. He explained that he was engaged in austerities so as to enter heaven in his physical body and attain the status of a dev or god.

As Shambhukh was speaking, Ram unsheathed his sword and lopped the man’s head off. At the very same moment, so the Valmiki Ramayan claims, in far away Ayodhya the Brahmin’s son came back to life, and the gods in the heavens congratulated Ram for his action, showering him with fragrant flowers. Greatly pleased with Ram for killing Shambhukh, the gods collectively addressed him as a god and an exalted soul who, they said, had done the work of the gods by slaying their enemy. By his act, they went on, they had prevented a Shudra from entering the abode of the gods. For this they offered to give Ram whatever he wanted. In response, Ram asked that the Brahmin’s son be brought back to life, and the deities obliged.

Many questions can be raised about this story, but because this would inevitably unnecessarily lengthen our discussion I leave this work to the minds of my readers to engage with. This and other such stories contained in the Brahminical religious texts very clearly prove the complete falsity of the argument that in the early period of what we today call Hinduism caste was based on achievement or karma and not on birth. In this story Narad and Shambhukh both use the term shudra yoni, which clearly indicates a that even in this early period that many Hindus regard as their ‘golden age’ caste was based on birth and not on actions.

Commiserating with the plight of the Shudras, the Indian poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal, whose ancestors were Kashmiri Brahmins, penned the following couplet:

Ah Shudar ke liye Hindustan gham khana hai

Dard-e insani se is basti ka dil begana hai

O! For the Shudras India is an abode of sorrow

The heart of this locality is bereft of empathy for the plight of humanity

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   18


  • Ateequr Rahman, As a fanatic you should know that allowance of marrying four is sending Non-Muslims like you into insanity. Fifteen would have you go rank mad. It was to save you from madness that a Muslim man was not allowed to marry fifteen women.
    By Manzurul Haque - 9/16/2016 11:46:20 PM



  • Falahi brother can you tell me why our Prophet (PBUH) married so many times but allowed us only 4 times? That tharki had so much fun but didnt want his followers to take more than 4 becoz then his tharak would be left unsatiated.
    By Ateeq ur Rehman - 9/16/2016 3:44:31 PM



  • Hindu community also needs reforms on a big scale to rid itself of the caste system and untouchability. It has not been able to break free of the centuries old caste system.
    By V K Mishra - 2/24/2011 3:43:01 AM



  • Dear Sir,

    My request is to Mr. Barni to read the fiq / jurisprudence in Islamic theology. He can understand that many sharia rules have been changed from time to time according to the situation and period.

    Slavery is not part of Islamic Shariah. As I think it was just for maintaining balance with the disbelievers, who were make slaves of the war prisoners.

    Islam is the only religion which started to free the slaves. The Quran and hadiths are full of this kind of command, in that Muslims were ordered to free salve in case of they committed sins.

    Regards, Masood Alam Falahi


    By masood Alam Falahi -



  • Barani says, "we are not talking about slavery of centuries ago, but of slavery here and now." There are 48 Muslim majority countries in the world. In how many of them slavery exists now?

    He says, " no Muslim will ever denounce Sharia", asserting, "People of every other religion can denounce slavery even if approved in their ancient texts." Can he post some denunciations of slavery in ancient Hindu texts? Isn't ending slavery more important than denouncing ancient religious texts?


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin -



  • People of every other religion can denounce slavery even if approved in their ancient texts.

    But we are not talking about slavery of centuries ago, but of slavery here and now.

    Islamic Sharia laws allow for slavery and no Muslim will ever denounce Sharia. The Catholic Church did allow for slavery until 1888 and the Orthodox Church until 1863, but they modified their texts and banned slavery.

    In Islam, unlike every other religion, one cannot modify their texts due to new times and changed times, and is still stuck with slavery and many other ills.


    By Barani -



  •  

    Like a ‘Kukurmuta’ you have again resurfaced, Mr. Barani, with your absolute lies of "made in India ‘history’ ".


    By Friend -



  • In response to Mr. barani

    It is very unfortunate that Mr. barni said: "Ashraf, Ajlaf and Razil are all arabic caste words and exist in islamic vocabulary well before islam came to India. "

    These are Arabic words not Islamic terms.This term used by non-Muslims even the non-belivers of prophet Nooh (PBUH). Islam discouraged this kind of concept. Arazal word was used for poor by non-belivers in onness of God.

    My request to mr. Barni, please read before write. I am explainig the words "Ashraf, Ajlaf and Arzal.

    The word ‘ashraf’ (????????) is plural form of ‘shareef’ (???????) and it is an Arabic word which root is: Sheen. Ra. Fa. (?. ?. ?.). It means: to be high born, high bred, noble, illustrious, eminent, distinguished, and high-ranking etc. The word ‘shareef’ (???????) means: noble.[1]

    Incidently, the meaning of ‘Aryia’ is also same.[2]

    The word Ajlaf(????????)  is plural form of  Jif ?????)) which means: boorish, rude, uncivil, ill-mannered, rough, fool. Its root is Jeem.lam.fa. (?.?.?.).[3]

    Arzal (????????) is plural form of razeel (???????). Its root is ra.zal.lam. (?.?.?.). Its meaning is: to be low, to be base and noun form’s meaning are: low, base, mean, vile etc.[4]

    This word ‘razeel’ is used in the Holy Qur’an also. The disbelievers of the prophet Nooh’s people refused to believe in him, because of the low class, poor, and low job doer people were with him. The Holy Qur’an quotes their argument as following:

    “The chiefs of the disbelievers among his people said: "We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed you without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are liars."[5]

     Masood Alam falahi

    [1] Cowan ,J.M.: Arabic-English Dictionary ( The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, edited by: J.M.Cowan), Spoken Language Services, Inc.New York, ed. 3rd, pp.466-467.

    Balbakki, Rohi: Al-Mawrid –A Modern Arabic-English Dictionary, Darul Ilm Lil-Malyeen, Bairoot,ed.7th Jan.1995,p.667, 699.

    [2] Umar, Mohammad: Hindustani tahzeeb Ka Musalmanon Per Asar (The Influence of Indian Culture on Muslims), Directot publication division, Wazarat-e-Ittela’at Wa Nashriyat, Hokoomat-e-Hind, ed. 2nd 1975.

     p.74.

    [3] Cowan ,J.M, op.cit., p.131, Balbakki , Rohi,p. 428. Al-Mu’jamul Waseet, pub. By Majma’ Al-Lughah Al-Arabia, Al-Idarat Al-a’mmah li Al-Mu’jamat W Ihya At-Turas, ed.4th 2004 AD, Maktab Ash-Shorooq Ad-Dawliyah, p.130.

    [4] Cowan ,J.M, op.cit., p.336, Balbakki , Rohi,p. 583. Al-Mu’jamul Waseet, p.340

    [5] The Holy Qur’an, 11:27 (Hud:27)


    By masood Alam Falahi -



  • SLAVERY-- Bible and Christianity

    Slavery... There are those who say the church and Christianity is against slavery and was against slavery. However, that is totally wrong.

    "The Bible supports slavery and regulates it instead of condemning it. The Church supported it fully until 1500s with the exception of the Manichean Christians who were heretics to the Church. In the 18th century some smaller Christian sects started to realize the evil of slavery but it was in 1888 that the catholic church, the long standing, strong supporter of slavery, finally condemned it. Today the Catholic Church is trying to hide its past by lying that it had always been anti-slavery."

    If you are interested in reading about this please go to this page: http://www.geocities.com/raqta24/sla.htm

    Che


    By Ernesto Guevara -



  • Slaves in Arthasashtra

    RULES REGARDING SLAVES AND LABOURERS.

    THE selling or mortgaging by kinsmen of the life of a Súdra who is not a born slave, and has not attained majority, but is an Arya in birth shall be punished with a fine of 12 panas; of a Vaisya, 24 panas; of a Kshatriya, 36 panas; and of a Bráhman, 48 panas. If persons other than kinsmen do the same, they shall be liable to the three amercements and capital punishment respectively: purchasers and abettors shall likewise be punished. It is no crime for Mlechchhas to sell or mortgage the life of their own offspring. But never shall an Arya be subjected to slavery.

    But if in order to tide over family troubles, to find money for fines or court decrees, or to recover the (confiscated) household implements, the life of an Arya is mortgaged, they (his kinsmen) shall as soon as possible redeem him (from bondage); and more so if he is a youth or an adult capable of giving help.

    Any person who has once voluntarily enslaved himself shall, if guilty of an offence (nishpatitah), be a slave for life. Similarly, any person whose life has been twice mortgaged by others shall, if guilty of an offence, be a slave for life. Both of these two sorts of men shall, if they are once found desirous to run away to foreign countries, be slaves for life.

    Deceiving a slave of his money or depriving him of the privileges he can exercise as an Arya (Aryabhava), shall be punished with half the fine (levied for enslaving the life of an Arya).

    A man who happens to have taken in mortgage the life of a convict, or of a dead or an afflicted man shall be entitled to receive back (from the mortgager) the value he paid for the slave.

    Employing a slave to carry the dead or to sweep ordure, urine, or the leavings of food; keeping a slave naked; or hurting or abusing him; or violating (the chastity of) a female slave shall cause the forfeiture of the value paid for him or her. Violation (of the chastity) of nurses, female cooks, or female servants of the class of joint cultivators or of any other description shall at once earn their liberty for them. Violence towards an attendant of high birth shall entitle him to run away. When a master has connection with a nurse or pledged female slave against her will, he shall be punished with the first amercement; a stranger doing the same shall be punished with the middlemost amercement. When a man commits or helps another to commit rape with a girl or a female slave pledged to him, he shall not only forfeit the purchase value, but also pay a certain amount of money (sulka) to her and a fine of twice the amount (of sulka to the Government).

    The offspring of a man who has sold off himself as a slave shall be an Arya. A slave shall be entitled to enjoy not only whatever he has earned without prejudice to his master’s work, but also the inheritance he has received from his father.

    On paying the value (for which one is enslaved), a slave shall regain his Aryahood. The same rule shall apply either to born or pledged slaves.

    The ransom necessary for a slave to regain his freedom is equal to what he has been sold for. Any person who has been enslaved for fines or court decrees (dandapranítah) shall earn the amount by work. An Arya, made captive in war shall for his freedom pay a certain amount proportional to the dangerous work done at the time of his capture, or half the amount.

    If a slave who is less than eight years old and has no relatives, no matter whether he is born a slave in his master's house, or fell to his master's share of inheritance, or has been purchased or obtained by his master in any other way, is employed in mean avocations against his will or is sold or mortgaged in a foreign land; or if a pregnant female slave is sold or pledged without any provision for her confinement, his or her master shall be punished with the first amercement. The purchaser and abettors shall likewise be punished.

    Failure to set a slave at liberty on the receipt of a required amount of ransom shall be punished with a fine of 12 panas; putting a slave under confinement for no reason (samrodhaschákaranát) shall likewise be punished.

    The property of a slave shall pass into the hands of his kinsmen; in the absence of any kinsmen, his master shall take it.

    When a child is begotten on a female slave by her master, both the child and its mother shall at once be recognised as free. If for the sake of subsistence, the mother has to remain in her bondage, her brother and sister shall be liberated.

    Selling or mortgaging the life of a male or a female slave once liberated shall be punished with a fine of 12 panas with the exception of those who enslave themselves. Thus the rules regarding slaves.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin -



  • http://www.mukto-mona.com/Articles/avijit/slavery_hinduism.htm

    Slavery in Hinduism

    By Avijit Roy

     In response to : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mukto-mona/message/3993 (ALL THOSE SLAVES OF MUSLIMS)

    I apologize for my late response to fatemolla's erudite article. Yes, definitely "SLAVERY IS MANKIND’S MOST CRUEL INSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM THIS PLANET HAS EVER SAW". No doubt about it. I fully agree. But I do not agree with the following statement of fatemolla -

    "Among religions it is only Islam that legalized slavery so loudly and clearly."

    No. I do not agree. Hinduism is more specific and louder in legalizing slavery, IMO. Hinduism is the one and only religion in this world which has a documented concept of "Occhut" (Untouchables). It is the only religion in this world which spread racism directly by scripture, and by preachers. Those 'untouchable Dalits' who has been considered as 'slaves' by Aryans, are, no doubt, the most pitiable victims of Hindu religion.

    In ancient Rig-Veda, we find clear mention of slaves. From Aryan scripture, we get three types of slaves [Ref. Pracheen Bharotey Dash-protha : Devraj Channa] -

    1. Slaves because of incurring debts

    2. Slaves because of losing in gamble

    3. Slaves because of losing in war.

    Since then the slaves are denoted as captivated purchasable product. It has been legalized to have intercourse with the women of defeated side after the war as the women were considered as the "spoil of war". There are numerous examples in ancient Hindu scriptures where royal sages made relationship with slave-girls. One example may be the birth of Kaksmibaan as depicted in Rig-Veda (1|116) who was born because of the relationship between Dirghotomaa and a slave-girl of Angamhishi. Kobosh-Oilush was also a child of a slave girl.

    Hindu scriptures intentionally described slaves as "black", "black-vagina", "inactive" or even "inhuman" etc. Aryans were different for the slaves and it is said that Indra, the sovereign of the Hindu gods, did this separation (Rig-Veda 2|20|7, 10|22|3, 86|19, Atharva veda 5|13|8). A Slave was considered nothing but as a property, and (s)he was even allowed to be destroyed for just the benefit of Aryans (Rig-Veda 1|19|8, 5|34|6, 6|25|2, 8|40|6). It was also an ancient tradition to provide a slave girl with a new bride just after the marriage for her convenience in new house. In Vedic literature of later ages, we get an incident of a paramount ruler who made presentation  about thousand slave-girls to his clergy [Oitoreyo Brahmmon  39|8]. Ramayana and Mahabharata also mentioned about slaves. In an incident of Ramayana, we once found Raja Ram meeting with slave community (Dhibor Das) who lived by the bay of Ganges. They used to live their life by fishing, hunting and collecting fruits in nearby jungles. It is quite interesting to note that there is a lot of evidence that slaves were being kept in the palace of Ram and Kaikeyi. (BUT SURPRISINGLY THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE EVIDENCE OF KEEPING SLAVES in the royal mansion of Ravana in Lanka.) We also find a very clear indication of a well-established slave-based Hindu society in Mahabharata.

     Regards.

    Avijit.

     

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    SLAVERY-- Bible and Christianity

    Ernesto Guevara

     

    Sun  1/13/2002

     

    4093

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    paramanab

     

    Sun  1/13/2002

     

    4096

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    raman padma

     

    Sun  1/13/2002

     

    4140

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    paramanab

     

    Wed  1/16/2002

     

    4183

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    Kiran A.D.H.

     

    Sun  1/20/2002

     

    4218

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    raman padma

     

    Tue  1/22/2002

     

    4269

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    paramanab

     

    Fri  1/25/2002

     

    4122

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    Abul Kasem

     

    Tue  1/15/2002

     

    4138

    Re: SLAVERY IN HINDUISM

    raman padma

     

    Wed  1/16/2002


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin -



  • In the comment by Barani below one can notice that he writes the words 'muslim' and 'islam' with smal letters whereas he remembers to write all the other proper names with capital letters i.e. Christians, Hindus, Buddhists. It reflects his hatred of Muslims and Islam.
    By ahmad -



  • Islamic sharia allows slavery. Slavery was abolished in Saudi Arabia under American pressure only in 1962 In 100% islamic Mauretania, the black muslims are kept as slaves by Arab muslims In Darfur, black muslims are kept as slaves by Arab muslims. In Sudan, Christians are kept as slaves by muslims.

    In 1940, the Bengali Dalit leader Jogendranath Mondal believed in Dalit-muslim unity and supported Jinnah. In 1950, his family members were raped, forcibly converted and murdered in East Bengal and Jogendranath had to flee the egalitarian muslims and run for his life to find safety with the Brahmin Bhadraloks of West Bengal.

    The Haris kept as slaves by Pakistani muslim landlords are all Dalits. Most of the Hindu women kidnapped in Pakistan are actually Dalit women Maulana Barani called Indian muslims as low born Ashraf, Ajlaf and Razil are all arabic caste words and exist in islamic vocabulary well before islam came to India.


    By Barani -



  • Dear Sir,

    Please read the book of famous historian " Dr. Ram Sharan Sharma" :

     Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India
  • Sudras in Ancient India India's Ancient Past Looking for the Aryans Indian Feudalism  Early Medieval Indian Society: A Study in Feudalisation Perspectives in Social and Economic History of Ancient India Urban Decay in India

    We should know about the famous book "Sudras in Ancient India".

    Sudras in Ancient India: A Social History of the Lower Order Down to Circa A D 600 (Motilal Banarsidass, Third Revised Edition, Delhi, 1990; Reprint, Delhi, 2002)

    Prof. Sharma's preface(part) to the first edition- "I took up the study of this subject about ten years ago, but the pressing duties of an Indian university teacher and lack of proper library facilities prevented me from making any appreciable progress. The major part of the work was done in two academic sessions (1954-56) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, made possible by the generous grant of study leave by the Patna University. This book, therefore, substantially represents my thesis approved for the degree of Ph.D. at the University of London in 1956."

    Extracts from Reviews "This is an outstanding piece of research and an authentic history of Sudras in ancient India. Professor Sharma has made use of all published sources, literary as well as archaeological, bearing on the social and economic position of Sudras. It gives a lucid and comprehensive account of all aspects of the anguished career of Sudra community. L.M.Joshi, Journal of Religious Studies, Vol 10, No. I & II, 1982.

    regards

    Irshad Ahmad


    By Irshad Ahmad -



  • Dear Anonymous and Barani.

    Pranam,

    How do you explain the existence of discrimination against and inhuman treatment of the Shudras and other low castes in India, witnessed even in its very recent history? By suggestively denying the truth, are you not insulting their intelligence too? Obviously you all belong to the higher castes of India whose penchant for injustice, nepotism, bahoobalism, corruption and untruth is unparalleled in the world.

    Besides, you all are typically illogical too. The main argument of the writer is that there are caste based discriminatory practices even amongst Muslims of India despite their conversion to Islam, to which thesis you have shown no objection whereas the example per se clearly demonstrates the strong-hold of the caste-based discriminatory practices of the Hindu/Indian society. You should have objected to the entire article rather than the tail-end.


    By Friend -



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