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Hindu group protests clubbing Vedas with folk arts

Indo-Asian News Service
New Jersey, November 17

A US-based Hindu organisation has protested to Unesco against its decision to club Vedic chanting tradition as a folk art along with the Belgian carnival of Binche and Indonesia's Wayang puppet theatre.

Vedas, which deserve a place alongside the Bible and the Koran as seminal texts of a world religion, should not have been placed on this list, Navya Shastra said.

Describing Vedic chanting as a "heritage of humanity", Unesco had placed it along with 27 other cultural expressions.

"While we laud the preservation of all cultural forms, the Vedas and their chanting tradition represent the epicentre of the Hindu religion, and do not belong in this category, which seems to showcase folk arts," said Navya Shastra chairperson Jaishree Gopal in a statement.

Navya Shastra also charged Unesco with endorsing the caste system by propagating a five-year plan that encourages preservation of the Vedas in their Brahmin-only format.

"The Vedas should be open to all Hindus, and not just Brahmins," said Rahul Saxena, an executive member of Navya Shastra.

He noted that one of the "defining features" of the caste system is that the Vedas are to be chanted by upper caste males only and socially backward sections are forbidden to take part in the chant.

Navya Shastra urged all organisations that receive Unesco funding to select candidates on a "caste-blind basis".




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