Kerala excise minister MB Rajesh sparked controversy by stating that Adi Shankaracharya was an advocate and spokesperson of a merciless caste system and Manusmriti.
Kerala minister MB Rajesh’s phrases on Adi Shankaracharya has sparked an issue. (File photograph)
By Shibimol KG: Kerala minister MB Rajesh sparked controversy after he mentioned that Adi Shankaracharya was an advocate and spokesperson of the caste system. The minister made the remarks when he was talking at a programme on the Varkala Sivagiri Mutt.
He was evaluating Adi Shankaracharya and Sree Narayana Guru and mentioned that if Kerala has an acharya, it is Sree Narayana Guru and never Adi Shankaracharya. He mentioned, “Shankaracharya not solely supported the caste system however has additionally been its spokesperson.” MB Rajesh is the present excise minister of Kerala.
The minister added, “Sri Narayana Guru not simply dismissed the theories of casteism, but additionally criticised Shankaracharya for upholding the caste hierarchy. Some say that Sri Narayana Guru comes solely after Shankaracharya in the case of beliefs. No, it isn’t true.”
“Guru had at all times criticised Shankaracharya. Individuals have turn into emboldened by the caste hierarchy and Shankaracharya is accountable for that’s what Guru mentioned. If there may be an ‘Acharya’ for Kerala, it’s Sri Narayana Guru and never Shankaracharya and that is the fitting time to know that,” the minister additional elaborated.
“Shankaracharya has at all times glorified and upheld caste, color and creed that existed in society. He was the spokesperson for such ideologies and in addition was the torchbearer of Manusmriti and the harmful ideologies and caste hierarchy related to it,” mentioned the minister.
He concluded his speech by saying, “Each Guru and Acharya have been on excessive sides when it got here to ideologies. That is the rationale why many are nonetheless not capable of take in the beliefs and teachings of Guru.”