Navya Shastra, a global Hindu organization of scholars, activists, priests
and laypeople whose mission is to promote spiritual equality for all Hindus,
has protested the United Nation Educational, Cultural and Scientific
Organization's (UNESCO) recent decision to name the Vedic chanting tradition a
"Heritage of Humanity" along with twenty seven other cultural expressions,
including the Belgian Carnival of Binche and the Indonesian Wayang Puppet
The organization believes that the Vedas, which
deserve a place alongside the Bible and Koran as seminal texts of a world
religion, should not have been placed on this list.
"While we laud the preservation of all cultural forms, the
Vedas and its chanting tradition represent the
epicenter of the Hindu religion, and do not belong in this
category, which seems to showcase folk arts," said Jaishree Gopal, Navya
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