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Caste Should Be ‘Completely Discarded’, Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said that the concepts like `Varna’ and ‘Jaati’ (caste) should be completely discarded, reports said.

The caste system has no relevance now, Mr Bhagwat said while speaking at a book release function in Nagpur.

Mohan Bhagwat, referring to the released book “Vajrasuchi Tunk” (written by Dr Madan Kulkarni and Dr Renuka Bokare), said social equality was a part of the Indian tradition, but it was forgotten and this led to damaging consequences.

The RSS chief, stressing that that the Varna and caste system originally did not have discrimination and had its uses, said if today someone asked about these institutions, the answer must be that “it is past, let’s forget it.”

“Everything that causes discrimination should go out lock, stock and barrel,” Mr Bhagwat said.

Previous generations made mistakes everywhere, and India was no exception, Mr Bhagwat said, in his defense of caste discrimination.

“There should not be any problem accepting those mistakes. And if you think that by accepting that our ancestors made mistakes they will become inferior, that won’t happen because everybody’s ancestors made mistakes,” the RSS chief said.


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