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  1. This article puts another perspective on a phenomenon that no-one usually dares to mention without putting on a grimace of horror and uttering shrieks of indignation: Chaturvarna, usually mistranslated as the caste system. Let me state from the outset that I am a firm believer in the Vedic verse "All men are brothers; no one is big, no one is small. All are equal" (Rig Veda 5.60.5). The four categories of society (varnas) were not originally intended to be hereditary categories. If we look at the matter carefully, they are in fact natural functional groups that exist in all societies. The varnas were originally fluid categories that allowed for mobility between groups. So before anyone begins fuming about Brahmin tyranny and the "wretched condition of the downtrodden", let me clarify that what I mean is not hereditary caste, but the distinction between four functional groups in society: Brahmin (intellectual and spiritual), Kshatriya (military and administrative), Vaishya (commercial) and Shudra (workers), devoid of any hereditary aspect, which was a much later phenomenon. Continued @ http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/5/varna.htm (Note: I've only posted part of this articles and then linked to the original site, to avoid violating copyright policies)
  2. “Why is it that Hindu women have to burn themselves when their husbands die?” This question was relayed to the Hindu speaker at an event in Brighton University. The speaker smiled and asked the largely Hindu audience whether they had actually heard of any woman amongst their family or friends who had burnt herself when her husband died, or had even been encouraged to do so. The crowd, of course, answered in the negative. Full article @ http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/7/Sati.htm (Note: I've only posted part of this articles and then linked to the original site, to avoid violating copyright policies)
  3. http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/3/Protein.htm
  4. The account was written by a Hindu girl. It is an unfortunate tale. Rated to her for speaking out about this: Part 1 of story http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/2/silence.htm Part 2 of story http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/3/silence.htm I know that many Sikh and Hindu girls go thru this kind of thing. I wonder if anybody has a similar story to share?
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