“The Manusmriti cannot be called the ancient Constitution of India. It is illegal to do such kind of propaganda. This is a violation of the constitutional spirit and must be stopped,” says Advocate Dr. B Karthik Navayan
Syed Ali Mujtaba
CHENNAI — The Telugu version of Hindutva’s religious text “Manusmriti” is set to be unveiled at Hyderabad’s Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University on February 11.
“The Veda Dharma Prachara Trust has translated and published Manusmriti from Hindi to Telugu and this will be inaugurated in Hyderabad on February 11,” a press release issued by Dr. B Karthik Navayan, Advocate at Telangana High Court, said.
The advocate has fervently appealed to the authorities to stop its launch. “The Manusmriti cannot be called the ancient Constitution of India. It is illegal to do such kind of propaganda. This is a violation of the constitutional spirit and must be stopped,” the press release said.
He has made an appeal to likeminded people to raise their voices against such anti-national activity by signing the petition at https://chng.it/pdYdFVc2rH
The advocate has asked the organisers not to call the ‘Manusmriti’ the ancient Constitution of India. He said India has only one Constitution, which the people of India adopted on 26th January 1950.
“As everybody knows that this country has only one Constitution, that is the Constitution of India that has been in pursuance of the solemn resolution of the people of India to constitute India into a ‘Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic and to secure well-defined objects set forth in the preamble. So, it is illegal to call Manusmriti the ancient Constitution of India”, the press release noted.
“The Manusmriti is an anti-constitutional and regressive text which reinforces every form of inequality – social, economic, and gender. Therefore, the Manusmriti goes precisely against the Constitution of India. The Manusmriti stands for inequality while the Constitution stands for equality. Therefore, “Manusmriti is anti-constitutional and reinforces every form of inequality,” the press release added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. B R Ambedkar, burnt the Manusmriti on December 25, 1927, in the Mahad satyagraha, which was organized for the right to drinking water for the untouchables from the Mahad (Chavadar) water tank.
This is something that is not new happening in India. There are several such instances happening now under the BJP rule. The Haridwar Dharm Sansad released the Hindutva constitution in Varanasi recently. This and the unveiling of the Telugu version of Manusmriti are all part of a chain of events heralding India as a Hindu Rashtra (nation).
There is no “Waiting for Godot,” and the writing on the wall is large and clear. The days are not far when Dr. Ambedkar’s drafted Constitution will be burnt in broad daylight. An announcement of the birth of the ‘Second Republic’, will be made. And that will be the death of contemporary India and the beginning of a New India.
Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org