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One of the biggest #falsenarratives pervading India is that shudras were systematically deprived of education by upper castes and if it was not for intervention by #British and social reformers, the injustice being meted out from ancient times would have continued unabated.
Truth is that British were solely responsible for excluding lower castes from the education system, who till late 1820s were being educated alongside other varnas. Thomas Munro, Guv of Madras Presidency, conducted a survey in 1822 to get details of the #gurukuls. See results ImageImage
As seen from above, the upper castes – Brahmanas, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas constituted 30% of students undergoing instructions, while the overwhelming majority of students hailed from Sudras, and what are termed as “Other castes” in the reports of 1822-25 survey.
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