Tuesday, June 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: Dalit sets example by teaching Sanskrit


Dalit sets example by teaching Sanskrit

SAPTARI, June 15: Despite being a Dalit, caste is no deterrent for
Hiralal Khanga (Khatwe) from teacing Sanskrit at a Sanskrit secondary
school in Saptari.

Though the school has many so called high caste teachers in the
school, the school cannot conduct Sanskrit classes if Khanga remains

Khanga is teaching Sanskrit at Bhupendra Secondary School at
Chhinamasta VDC for the last 14 years. He had passed SLC from the same
school. Under the inspiration of his teacher Maheshwor Jha, he has
also passed Bachelor's degree in Sanskrit from Yagyabalk Sanskrit
Mahabidhyalaya in Matihani of Mahottari.

School principal Kameshwor prasad Yadav said the school located in the
village that also houses the famous Chhinamasta Temple has a
significant number of students majoring in Sanskrit.

Yadav said the students majoring in Sanskrit pursue Sanskrit language
and grammar courses each carrying 50 marks from Grade VI to VIII and
100 marks in Grade IX and X.

Khanga takes classes in all grades. He does not get any leisure
period. But he is proud for becoming a trendsetter by breaking away
from the tradition that Sanskrit should be taught only by upper caste

Local Dalit community leaders said teaching Sanskrit by a Dalit could
help to do away of the caste determination existing in the society.


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