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Presidential address on the 6th Conference of Itihasa Academy.

Title:Presidential address on the 6th Conference of Itihasa Academy.
Author:Ramesh K.V.
Publication:Itihasa Darshana / Karnataka Itihasa Academy, Bangalore
Enumeration:Vol 8, 1993
Abstract:As an epigraphist the author feels that it is very difficult to reconstruct the history of India or Karnataka in the realistic and objective manner because our ancestors never wrote these inscriptions with an objective of providing historical source material for its posterity. The rule being hereditary, stagnant and non-progressive through out. To prove his point he gives instances of social life- such as caste system. Around 5th and 6th century it was evident that by birth everybody is shudra, by his deeds one has to prove whether he is a Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra. So there was freedom to choose ones life -career, but as time passed varna transformed into jati, and instead of an individualís achievements, his birth became a criteria for social division. Brahmana`s unworthy son was called as Brahmana. Purushsukta is a proof of this change. The social system based on intellectual, royal, economic and labour is of permanent nature and universal, while our social structure developed into hereditary, based on caste and thereby the conditions started declining.

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