A limited response to JNU Professor Nivedita Menon’s statement “Hindu society must be one of the most violent…society in the world.”
In the article “JNU Students Abuse Lady Professor For Proposing Hindu Courses, Burn PM’s Effigy as Ravana” dated Oct 19 (yesterday), one statement piqued me enough to document some of the more objective portions of my mental responses to it.
The statement within double quotes in the title is an excerpt from this video in which Nivedita Menon can be heard saying it. She goes on to say that ‘surely, nothing in the world can compare to the deep-rooted violence and…intransigence of the caste system’ and that this ‘is something we can proudly claim India has contributed to world culture.’
Varna, as found in Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 4, verse 13), which is not meant to be based on birth but determined by an individual’s “Guna” and “Karma” (for a detailed explanation of Varna in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, listen to Swami Chinmayananda here or for a shorter read, see statement attributed to Swami Tejomayananda here; for Varna in Vedas, read Swami…
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