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'Didn't Let Us Study, Wear Good Clothes': Dalits in Delhi Convert to Buddhism

The event attended by Rajendra Gautam, a Delhi Cabinet Minister, saw the participation of about 7,000 people.

Published: 05 Oct 2022, 7:04 PM IST
India
 
'Didn't Let Us Study, Wear Good Clothes': Dalits in Delhi Convert to Buddhism
 

Santosh, 32, from Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, dropped out of school when he was in class seven. "I am a Dalit, and I faced casteist slurs from students on a regular basis. I tried complaining to the teachers but to no avail," he told The Quint.

He was the first person in his family to go to school, which he calls "something of an achievement."

On Thursday, 5 October, Santosh walked inside the Ambedkar Bhavan in Delhi's Jhandewalan area to the chants of "Jai Bhim" with a hope in his heart that now things will change.

After all, he was here to embrace Buddhism.

 

Apart from Santosh, hundreds of Dalits from across Delhi-NCR embraced Buddhism as part of the Buddha Dhamma Deeksha Samaroh, an event organised by the Jai Bheem Mission – founded by Advocate Rajendra Gautam, a Delhi cabinet minister and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"I want to be part of a casteless society. A society where everybody has the same opportunities like the one Babasaheb (Ambedkar) strived for," Gautam told The Quint.
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Santosh, 32, works as a rickshaw puller in Delhi's Paharganj. 

(Photo: Himanshi Dahiya/The Quint)

The event was attended by a few thousand people, Rajratna Ambedkar, an activist and great grand-nephew of Dr BR Ambedkar, was also in attendance.

"If we don't want our children to be murdered for drinking water from the pots, keeping a moustache, or for owning or riding horses, we will have to organise ourselves and our community will have to come together in a disciplined manner," Gautam said as he addressed the gathering with chants of Baudhh dharam ki kya pehchaan? Maanav, maanav ek samaan (What is the identity of Buddhism? All humans are equal) and Jaati choddo, Samaaj Jodo (Break the caste system, unite the society).

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AAP's Rajendra Pal Gautam addressing the crowds.

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Right denied for ages: Dalits enter ‘upper caste’ temple in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukottai with help of SP, collector

After ages of being denied entry , Dalits in a village in TN's Pudukkottai walked into an 'upper caste' temple after the collector and SP intervened in the matter. Two people were also arrested and booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Pudukkottai,UPDATED: Dec 28, 2022 14:20 IST
 
Pudukkottai collector and SP at the temple where Dalits had been denied entry for ages.
Pudukkottai collector and SP at the temple where Dalits had been denied entry for ages.

In Short

  • Dalits entered a 'upper caste' temple in TN's Pudukkottai after intervention by the collector and SP
  • Earlier, human excreta was found in the tank supplying potable water to the SC community
  • Two people were arrested and booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

By Shibimol KG: Pudukkottai collector Kavitha Ramu and Superintendent of Police, Vandita Pandey, paved the way for Dalits to enter the village temple, a right which was denied to them for ages. They entered the temple in Vengaivayal village in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukottai district.

Officials also registered a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against the members of the upper caste for practising casteism. Two arrests have been made in the case so far.

The collector and the SP visited the village after allegations emerged that human excreta was found in the water tank used by Dalits. Recently, three children in the village were hospitalised. A doctor advised them to check whether the water was contaminated.

Pudukkottai collector and SP at the temple where Dalits had been denied entry for ages.
Pudukkottai collector and SP at the temple where Dalits had been denied entry for ages.

The villagers were shocked to discover human excreta in the lone overhead tank supplying potable water to the village dominated by the Scheduled Caste (SC) community. Following this, District Collector Kavita Ramu set up a medical camp in the area and listened to the grievances of the people.

The villagers then informed the collector that they were not allowed inside the temple. The Collector called the people of the area and issued an order that the door of the temple should be opened immediately and everyone should be allowed darshan.

She also promised that surveillance cameras will be installed in the area to prevent such disgraceful acts from happening in the future.

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On 10/7/2022 at 6:41 PM, Stan AF said:

'Didn't Let Us Study, Wear Good Clothes': Dalits in Delhi Convert to Buddhism

The event attended by Rajendra Gautam, a Delhi Cabinet Minister, saw the participation of about 7,000 people.

Published: 05 Oct 2022, 7:04 PM IST
India
 
'Didn't Let Us Study, Wear Good Clothes': Dalits in Delhi Convert to Buddhism
 

Santosh, 32, from Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, dropped out of school when he was in class seven. "I am a Dalit, and I faced casteist slurs from students on a regular basis. I tried complaining to the teachers but to no avail," he told The Quint.

He was the first person in his family to go to school, which he calls "something of an achievement."

On Thursday, 5 October, Santosh walked inside the Ambedkar Bhavan in Delhi's Jhandewalan area to the chants of "Jai Bhim" with a hope in his heart that now things will change.

After all, he was here to embrace Buddhism.

 

Apart from Santosh, hundreds of Dalits from across Delhi-NCR embraced Buddhism as part of the Buddha Dhamma Deeksha Samaroh, an event organised by the Jai Bheem Mission – founded by Advocate Rajendra Gautam, a Delhi cabinet minister and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"I want to be part of a casteless society. A society where everybody has the same opportunities like the one Babasaheb (Ambedkar) strived for," Gautam told The Quint.
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Santosh, 32, works as a rickshaw puller in Delhi's Paharganj. 

(Photo: Himanshi Dahiya/The Quint)

The event was attended by a few thousand people, Rajratna Ambedkar, an activist and great grand-nephew of Dr BR Ambedkar, was also in attendance.

"If we don't want our children to be murdered for drinking water from the pots, keeping a moustache, or for owning or riding horses, we will have to organise ourselves and our community will have to come together in a disciplined manner," Gautam said as he addressed the gathering with chants of Baudhh dharam ki kya pehchaan? Maanav, maanav ek samaan (What is the identity of Buddhism? All humans are equal) and Jaati choddo, Samaaj Jodo (Break the caste system, unite the society).

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AAP's Rajendra Pal Gautam addressing the crowds.

Good for them. Sometimes we forget that the real golden age in India was when the Buddhist university of Nalanda was flourishing and the likes of Harsha Vardhana were patrons of the religion and Brahmanism was actually in a phase of decline. 

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Grand_Design said:

Good for them. Sometimes we forget that the real golden age in India was when the Buddhist university of Nalanda was flourishing and the likes of Harsha Vardhana were patrons of the religion and Brahmanism was actually in a phase of decline. 

 

 

And look where that got them...  Buddhists went completely ahinsa mode & got what was coming to them.  

Bin Qasim put Buddhists to sword first in Sindh even though they sorta helped him out vs Dahir with their unrest. 

Brahmins have their share of follies too including legendary Blunder in Kashmir by refusing Rin chin to adopt Hinduism & rest is history. 

Overall once Hinduism stopped evolving with time & its fall started.  We got lucky with huge population otherwise this was gonna end like countless other cultures. 

 

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