Gangotri Temple to train Dalit boys

via HK published on November 20, 2010

GANGOTRI: Opening up the exclusive preserves of brahmins, the Gangotri temple priests have agreed to bring in young and talented dalits into the temple precints for training. Gangotri Mandir chief priest and management president Pt. Sanjiv Semwal with his team of office bearers are agreed that the Mandir must train young and talented Dalits( scheduled caste) boys in Dharma Shiksha and Karam Kand,so far confined to Brahmins, said Rajya Sabha M.P Tarun Vijay. Terming the move as historic, Mr. Tarun Vijay, who took the initiative, said meetings on the issue were held inside the temple precints of Gangotri over the weekend.

He said the Pandas and President of the Mandir committe were told that the move would go a long way in forging unity among various caste ridden sections of the Hindu society, often embroiled in violent protests in Haryana and UP over intercaste mariages. He said the methodology of the programme to train Dalit boys will be soon finalised and the reforms to have the best management and cleanliness in the highest pilgrim centres would be worked out in consultation with local priests and young members of the movement from Uttarkashi region.

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