Vedas misquoted to justify social evils like casteism: VP

Krishnanand Tripathi
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the World Conference on Vedas, in New Delhi on December 15, 2017.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the World Conference on Vedas, in New Delhi on December 15, 2017.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Friday urged people to read ancient texts and gain knowledge from all the possible sources. He also said that at times ancient text has been misquoted to justify social evils like casteism and untouchability.

Addressing a gathering of Vishwa Veda Sammelan in New Delhi on Friday, Vice President said those people who justify social evils like casteism and untouchability by referring to Vedas and Upnishads are those who have actually not read these ancient texts.

Vice President said Vedas are the basis for all ancient wisdoms and their knowledge is beneficial for the entire mankind.

He also urged the people to respect and talk in their own language within the country.

The three-day ‘Vishwa Ved Sammelan’ that began Friday morning will have in-depth discussions on de-mystifying various myths and fallacies surrounding the Vedas and Manu Smriti.

The event will witness daily ‘havan’ ritual amid chanting of the Vedic hymns by Muslim women to showcase that the ancient scriptures are available for the whole mankind to derive its benefits, Agnivesh said.

The valedictory function of the conference will be attended by former president Pranab Mukherjee.