(1) Drona was a Brahmin and belonged to an upper caste whereas Eklavya was a forest-dwelling nishada and thus belonged to the hunting community which occupied the lowest place in the social hierarchy. According to Dharma, an upper caste was not allowed to teach the members of lower jati. That is why Drona refused to have Eklavya as his pupil.
(2) Drona once promised Arjun that he would become the best and unrivalled archer amongst his pupils. When Arjun saw the archery skills of Eklavya, he was left amazed. Drona acknowledged and honoured him as his teacher and demanded his right thumb as his fee. Eklavya at once cut it off and offered it. Thus Drona kept his promise.
(3) No, I don’t think that the behaviour of Drona with Eklavya was justified because the fee demanded by Drona was unjust and cruel. In order to fulfil the promise he made to Arjuna, he did not consider the desire and respect of Eklavya towards archery and his Guru Drona. Thus, he was self-centred.
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