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A series of early versified Sanskrit works of traditional Hindu law, of which the most famous is the Laws of Manu. Another is attributed to Brihaspati. The Imperial Gazetteer provides some basic information about them.

Professor Rachel McDermott explores the ways in which the Shastras represent and have influenced the caste system.

Professor Dennis Dalton relates Gandhi's opinions about the Laws of Manu and the Shastras, and the controversy these opinions incited among high-caste Hindus.