In this regard I would submit my conclusion as under:
1. There are inferences by scholars that many verses in Manusmriti might have been subsequently added to the original script. Even there may have been manipulation by biased scholars with a view to override the religious practices preferred by their rival pandits. Therefore the possibility of addition of one verse at the end of the text can not be ruled out . The text that I have with me is published by “Thakur Prasad Book sellers” who are a popular publishers of
2. All the puranas and other epics unanimously refer the manu as first and principal creator of manav shastra or dharm shastra.
3. In sanatan dharma no one is first. There is a cycle of happenings and exploration of knowledge. All the scriptures authored by Badrayan ( =
4. Similarly manu would have been first compiler of rules of ethical tradition and there may have been many earlier rulers and rishis including Bhrigu who would have made rules according to needs of the time.