Stop this caste based discrimination

via Krishna Kumar published on November 25, 2010

We need special social action groups

It is a shame on Hindu society that even today in many places ridiculous levels of discrimination against our own brothern exists. Newspapers reported the incident of the so called upper caste Hindus preventing other Hindus from entering the ancient Chidambareshwara temple on the auspicious day of Thrikkarthigai.

For some of those devotees it was the first time in their lives that they could enter this temple only last month. Then there was a diktat from the upper caste people barring others from entering the temple.

“Since Saturday night, the village has remained tense. Heavy police pickets were posted to prevent any untoward incident. Revenue officials including Attur RDO V Sirajunnisa and policemen from the nearby Veeraganur station rushed to the spot and held peace talks.

Later, senior police officials, led by SP Y. John Nicholson, arrived at the village. The talks went on near the temple for nearly three hours. The SP told the caste Hindus that none had the right to prevent anyone from worshiping at the temple. Finally they relented and withdrew from the temple areas.

Police asked the Dalits to enter the temple peacefully and not to burst crackers. About 4 pm, the Dalits entered the temple and offered poojas. The SP also told the caste Hindus and Dalits to maintain peace.”

Just wondering why we can not have social vigilante groups to specialized to address similar selective issues. These groups should be formed under the leadership of VHP. These groups should have able and knowledgeable people who can negotiate and convince Hindus who live under the influence of ignorance and social evils. VHP should try to bring in Hindu seers who understands these social issues to work as part of these groups. Once they hear any such incident, these groups of elders should reach the spot with out much fan fare, and try to hold negotiations with the local people. Once a conducive atmosphere is reached they should bring respected holy men and other gurus for a visit to the locality and organize samajothsavs to bring in the much required harmony among different sections of Hindus. Thus we Hindu society should show our solidarity and extend the support to those villagers who still remain as staunch followers of Hinduism.

Ironically in the above incident, it was non Hindu officials who became instrumental in bringing back peace. The same can be done easily by Hindu groups if retired officials, judges and eminent social workers etc are made to be part of the groups. Even after a similar incident is reported, there is much work to be done. The peace brought by the intervention of officials often do not bring about a change of heart. Peace and harmony which comes from convinced hearts only can last long. Hindu organizations which are vigilant against the threats like Love jehad and pseudo secularism should come forward to address these social evils also.

To be effective and practical, these groups should be like Army Special Operations Group – small, smart, quick in their responses and should be able to douse the fire and prepare ground for the follow up work.

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