Real culprits Religious Injunctions !

09Oct07

Sadhus and mahants of Ayodhya belonging to scheduled castes along with groups of Dalit activists have raised objections to a board put up at Tulsi Udyan garden in Ayodhya. The board has verses of Ramcharit Manas, which the sadhus and mahants allege, is insulting to the Dalit community. The verses inscribed are: Shapat tarat purush kahanta, vipra pujya as gawahin santa – pujiye vipra sakal gun hina, shudra na gun gan gyan pravina.

Dr Bhaskar, a dental surgeon at Ayodhya and founder president of Ambedkar Vichar Manch, while talking to The Indian Express, translated the verse written in Avadhi-Sanskrit thus: “A Brahmin, even if he is corrupt and has ill-qualities, may be praised and worshiped; a Dalit, even if he is highly learned person, must not be praised, so says the religion.” Dr Bhaskar, a Boudh-converted Dalit, said the board has been installed intentionally to insult the Dalits. “Our demand is not new. We have also demanded previous governments and regimes to remove the board, but to no avail. Since the new regime is based on Dalit ideology, we are again crying for justice,” added Dr. Bhaskar

Mahant Jugal Kishore Sharan Shastri, convener of Ayodhya ki Awaaz, a platform of mahants and sadhus in Ayodhya belonging to Dalit community in Ayodhya, said he had sent a memorandum to the Faizabad divisional commissioner and deputy director, demanding immediate removal of the board from Tulsi Udyan in Ayodhya. When The Indian Express tried to contact divisional commissioner L Venketeshwar for his comments in this connection, his office informed the commissioner was on leave for some days. Deputy director, gardens department, R B Singh, when contacted, said he has received the memorandum in connection with a controversy over a board at Ayodhya. “Since the matter is related to religion, we cannot remove the board at once. I have written to the district administration in this connection and requested them to take necessary action.”

District Magistrate, Faizabad, Anil Garg said he has not received any such memorandum till date.

Source: IndianExpress



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