The CBSE Board is caught in a big trouble in Tamil Nadu. Its book contains a chart of the Varna system, which has been criticized by VCK Party President Thol Thirumavalavan.
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In Tamil Nadu, the CBSE Board’s Class VI book has been embroiled in controversy. The book has been accused of promoting Manu Dharma. In fact, Thol Thirumavalavan, president of Viduthalai Chiruthigal Katchi (VCK), a party that is part of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alliance, passed the sixth class in response to questions asked about the presence of Manu Dharma. CBSE Board Shown a chart showing the alphabetical order in the book. He also criticized the chart shown in the CBSE book. Also, he tweeted the chart present in this sixth class book.
VCK leader Thirumavalavan tweeted, “I want to divert the attention of those who might be wondering where is Manu Dharma or Varnashrama Dharma.” He accused the BJP government of teaching Varnashram Dharma to school children and this was shown in the CBSE book. Subsequently, the VCK leader quoted the book as saying that the Hindu people are only in four different subgroups. He said that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC and ST) groups have not been included in these four categories.
How did this controversy start?
Actually, the beginning of this entire controversy stems from the ongoing ‘Manu Dharma’ controversy. It started with A Raja, a senior leader of the DMK government led by MK Stalin, said that Manu Shastra interprets Shudras as ‘children of prostitutes’. The king said, ‘You are a Shudra as long as you are a Hindu. As long as you are a Shudra, you are the child of a prostitute. As long as you are a Hindu, you are a Dalit and as long as you are a Hindu, you are an Untouchable.’ The video of this statement of A Raja went viral and after which he was criticized.
At the same time, after this statement of DMK leader, BJP expressed its displeasure over A Raja’s statement. The party alleged that he is doing appeasement politics to bring some group of people closer to him. BJP claimed that Manu Dharma is not followed. A Raja has harmed Hindus by talking about it unnecessarily. Some critics said that caste no longer matters and that the varna system is no longer prevalent. At the same time, the work of increasing the ongoing tussle between BJP and DMK has now been done by the CBSE book.
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