शिक्षा बचाओ -- Shiksha Bachao

"The child is taken to school, and the first thing he learns is that his father is a fool, the second thing that his grandfather is a lunatic, the third thing that all his teachers are hypocrites, the fourth that all the sacred books are lies. By the time he is 16, he is a mass of negation -- lifeless and boneless." -- Swami Vivekananda

On Varnas and Ashramas

On page 56, class VI children are told that the castes were affected only by birth. This is clearly not confirming to the numerous examples we have through out the Indian history where sons of shudras became sages or progeny of kings became vaishyas on growing up. That the Varnas are determined by Guna and Karma is also clearly indicated in the SriMadBhagvadGita. But according to NCERT, Varnas were determined by birth from the Vedic era itself. Also note the assertion that women and shudras were not allowed to learn the Vedas.

On page 72, while describing the ashramas, the assertion that women were not allowed to study the vedas is repeated.


Blogger desi101 said...

Ancient and current India, is the only culture in the world where women have an equal status in society. There is then the period of the Mugals and the British ( both of whom came from cultures where women were treated as commodities rather than human beings), that has left some of its marks on the Indian psyche in some pockets. Ours is the only culture in the world that worships the Mother Supreme; Aadishakti or Maa for the layman. Woman in India is the Shakti, the central force that holds the family and society together. In all our historical epics, women were given an equal and sometimes bigger say in matters concerning their lives; an example is the Swayamvar Pratha, where the girl could choose a husband after her heart. In the quotes that we learnt from the Vedas in our Sanskrit books at school, one of the first sentences was "Matri devo bhav". On the other hand, in the so-called advanced societies of the west, women did not have a right to vote (in the most advanced of them all- the USA and Britain) till the beginning of the last century. The church even considered them to be without a soul and thus having no right to worship. In the Muslim societies of past and present, the place of women is well known to all. So the shadow of these cultures that has fallen on our society has left a bad mark on our attitudes. In our text books, the educators have a duty to revive our ancient values and only then the children will take pride in their heritage and embrace it. But instead, we have the convent educated civil servants, who take pride in finding faults with our ancient systems and glorifying the west and even the Mugal invaders at the cost of our own patriots. On the other hand we have the leaders of the SCST quotas, who have perhaps not even seen the inside of a classroom in their lives, and they have their own vote politics to play, and it is the most convenient to appease the minorities and the western countries who come with the promises of their dollar kickbacks. So the real solution is to have a good primary education system established at the village level, where the kids can learn and think for themselves and vote effectively as they grow. Only then our democracy will have a meaning. The rewriting of history can be and will be done by evry regime that comes into power.

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