New Delhi, AUg 27: Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Krishna Gopal said people who consumed cow meat were labelled as untouchable and the practice of untouchability started in India with the advent of Islam and British brought the concept of “Dalit”to divide and rule.
“The first example of untouchability in India were the people who consumed cow meat being called untouchable. Even (BR ) Ambedkar ji has written the same,” Gopal said.
Speaking at a book launch, Krishna Gopal, joint general secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), noted that even the Constituent Assembly preferred using the word ‘scheduled caste’ over ‘Dalit’and such terminology did not exist in ancient Indian literature
“It was the conspiracy of the British that the word Dalit percolated (in society),” he said.
The RSS leader unveiled the books ‘Bharat Ka Rajnitik Uttararayan’ and Bharat Ka Dalit Vimarsh’. Culture and Tourism Minister Pralhad Patel was also present at the event.
He said gradually a large section of the society was branded as untouchable. They were oppressed and insulted for a long time.
Clarifying that sage Valmiki, who wrote Ramayana, was not a Dalit but a shudra,he said that many great rishi were also shudras and they were highly respected.
Shudra is one of the four varnas, the other three being Bramhin, Khastriyas, Vaishyas. It was also the lowest in the varna order.