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Vedas and Sudra

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Vedas and Shudra February 24, 2010 By Agniveer Vedas totally reject Caste System A commonly held perception regarding Vedas is their prejudice against Shudras. Vedas are accused of being Brahminical texts designed to subdue the Shudras. They are considered to be the source of caste-based discrimination that is touted as the primary characteristic of Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharma or Vedic Dharma. The entire pro-Dalit movement also has its foundation on this baseless notion. Unfortunately, nothing could be far from truth. In this series of articles, we would provide evidence from Vedas and related texts to establish the following: a. The meaning of four Varnas and Shudra in particular is completely different from what the Macaulay inspired intellectuals would want us to believe. b. There is absolutely no element of birth-based discrimination or denial of opportunity for any human being in Vedic way of life. c. If there is one text that provides evidence of highest level of meritocracy and