A Pandit was one of the visitors to Segaon the other day. He was introduced as one learned in the Shastras and as one who gave regular discourses on the Gita. Gandhiji asked him if untouchability had the sanction of the Gita. It seemed to depend, according to him, on how one defined an untouchable. He said:
there amongst us who is without sin? Let me ascertain. Tukde
Maharaj, are you without sin?
that we regard ourselves as less pure than others, for we know ourselves better than we do others, and we may judge none. That is why saint Surdas sang: “There is none so wicked and base as I.”
supports untouchability, i.e., which condemns a certain class of
people, by reason of their birth, as untouchable. Such a Shastra, far
from purging us of sin, adds to our load of sin.