Slavery And Untouchability
Slavery And Untouchability Among the claims made by the Hindus for asserting their superiority over other
nations the following two are mentioned. One is that there was no slavery in India among
the Hindus and the other is that Untouchability is infinitely less harmful than slavery.
The first statement is of course untrue. Slavery is a very ancient institution of the
Hindus. It is recognised by Manu, the law giver and has been elaborated
and systematised by the other Smriti writers who followed Manu. Slavery among the
Hindus was never merely ancient institution, which functioned, only in some hoary past.
It was an institution which continued throughout all Indian history down to the year 1843
and, if it had not been abolished by the British Government bylaw in that year, it might
have continued even today. While slavery lasted it applied to both the touchables as well
as the untouchables..