Is it true as stated in Manu Smriti that a Brahmin can compel a Sudra to be servile or it is an interpolation?

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  • A Brahman may compel a Shudra, whether bought or unbought, to do servile work for he is created by the creator to be the slave of a Brahmana. (Manu VIII
    – itha
    Jan 11, 2022 at 6:09
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    Why does anyone read that book, I don't get it. Perhaps because it has been made famous by Anti-Hindus and our people are making it more and more popular by reading and asking questions about it. Why don't you read Veda or Upanishads?
    – Lokesh
    Jan 13, 2022 at 5:21
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    The interpretation will depend on whether by Brahmin and Sudra caste is meant or Varna is meant. If Varna is meant then the Manu Smriti verse is an appeal to a person of Sudra Varna to perform Karma Yoga. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:59

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"BG 4.1: The Supreme Lord Shree Krishna said: I taught this eternal science of Yog to the Sun God, Vivasvan, who passed it on to Manu; and Manu, in turn, instructed it to Ikshvaku"

"O subduer of enemies, the saintly kings thus received this science of Yog in a continuous tradition. But with the long passage of time, it was lost to the world." BG Ch4 verse 2

Lack of continuity of the og wisdom.So i don't think that we have og version of manusmriti now it got interpolated over time.

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