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Let Them be Purohits

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According to www.ndtv.com (April 3, 2001), scientists and astronomers have criticised UGC’s decision to start university courses in vedic astrology, priesthood and spoken Sanskrit. They argue that the courses are designed to be ritualistic and not scientific in nature. I do not understand their concern. Nor do I recall if they protested when the UGC had accepted other ‘science’ subjects like ‘economic science’ or ‘political science’ as worthy of university education. I rejoice to hear that on July 1 this year universities will open a department of Karmakand and the degree to be awarded would be known as Paurohitya. I shall celebrate it when a son or daughter of a ‘chandal’ (scavenger) graduates in Paurohitya, and is allowed to conduct Hindu rituals as a ‘purohit’, that is, priest, everywhere in the country – for that would be in the true letter and spirit of the Vedas

RANJIT SAU
Newark, US

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