Monday, February 28, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Ravidassia' finds place in enumeration

Ravidassia' finds place in enumeration
IP Singh , TNN, Feb 28, 2011, 07.16am IST

JALANDHAR: The sustained campaign of Dera Sachkhand Ballan and
organizations supporting it is beginning to show results. During the
last 6 months, the Dera publication, Begumpura Sahr, has been
appealing to the sect followers to register their religion
"Ravidassia" in the census exercise. Besides, sources revealed, around
one lakh handbills were published and verbal instructions issued to
devotees for the purpose.

The efforts have brought results, and the new religion has found
acceptance in the enumeration. Inquiries from enumerators revealed
that the new faith was registered in "others" section in religion
column of the enumeration form. "We have been spreading the word
through our cadres, asking the members of adi-dharmi community to tell
the enumerators that their religion was Ravidassia," said Satish
Bharti, convener of Sri Guru Ravidass Dharam Yudh Morcha. ADalit
leader revealed that earlier a large number of the sect followers used
to register themselves as Hindus.

"Even as most of the adi-dharmi community members have been observing
religious rituals with Guru Granth Sahib in the centre, most of them
are clean shaven and have been registering themselves are Hindus," a
prominent leader of the community added. "Though distancing from Sikh
rituals happened, at the enumeration level, this would cause a dent in
the Hindu population," a Dalit intellectual observed. Other five
organizations which joined hands with the Dera include Dharam Yudh
Morcha, Guru Ravidass Force and Dalit Youth Federation among others.
Nonetheless, it did lead to some confusion among the enumerators
initially, as they were not clear about how to deal with the
situation. Besides, the devotees also lacked the exact information
which could be noted down on the form.

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