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Casteism - Sastric pramana

From: Rajaram Venkataramani (
Date: Sat Jan 19 2002 - 17:59:11 PST

Dear Sri Madhavakannan, Sri Sriram and Sri Selvaraj - 
While I am moved by th humility of Sri Selvaraj and admire  the knowledge of Sri Madhavakannan and Sri Sriram,  I would still like get my doubts cleared, which have come about due to my ignorance. There are two schools which propose caste by birth and qualities and both have strong arguments.  I would like to understand the sastric basis of these arguments before I am convinced fully either way.  
What are the references to sastras based on which caste is considered by birth ? Sri Madhavakannan has definitely provided a summary of the sastric stand. On controversial issues of this nature, I feel safer to go to the exact verses and their meanings. Please forgive me for that. 
I would be obliged if the exact sastric references are quoted. 
Yours humbly 
Rajaram V.   

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