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Varna System: The Forgotten Meaning

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  • 1CAD-CAM Mechanical Department, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (12), Pages 42-46, December,14 (2016)


This paper brings to light the real meaning and significance of the Varna system. Varna system today is the most misunderstood, wrongly interpreted universal truth. Its real meaning has got buried under the exploitative and dehumanizing ideology of the caste system of the Hindu society and remained confined just to it. The caste system was formed keeping in consideration of the concept of Varna system and Varna system being a universal truth defined the layout of this caste system with ease. This caste system served the political interests of uppercastes and made the life of lower castes miserable. Hence the caste system faces a worldwide criticism and this complete blame hurls up on the Varna system. Those who come forward in defense of the Varna system fail to justify it because even they don’t understand what the Varna system actually is. Just because Varna system is mentioned in the scriptures of Sanatan dharma, Hindus come in defence of it. They usually put their efforts in turning the image so formed of the Varna system, from birth based to karma based, which even is not a proper justification. This paper presents a completely disparate interpretation so far over the Varna system and gives an account on the true and forgotten meaning of the Varna system.


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