Sunday, April 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Students rename themselves to mark Ambedkar Jayanthi

Students rename themselves to mark Ambedkar Jayanthi
Neha Pushkarna, TNN, Apr 15, 2011, 04.06am IST

NEW DELHI: On Thursday, Hindu College student Naushad Ali Khan became
Naushad Gandhi. Businessman Bharat Bhushan Sharma changed his name to
Bharat Bhushan Bhratiya. Dr Siddharth Chaudhry chose to be called just
Siddharth. Around 50 doctors, students, businessmen and government
officials dropped their surnames on Thursday to contribute towards
making society casteless on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. With
hands on their hearts, they took an oath to look beyond the divisions
of caste. So from Thursday onwards, they ceased to be Brahmins,
Kshatriyas, Vaishyas or Shudras. They were just free Indians.

"Castes still divide people in India. Back at my village in Almora in
Uttaranchal, we still have two wells - one for the people of 'lower
castes' and the other for the rest. It's time to end such
discrimination and it can be done only by starting a movement. I have
taken the first step by giving up my caste," said Devendra Diwan, who
was Diwan Singh Negi before taking the oath. Brought together by NGO
Swaraj over a period of one year, these people will now advertise
their new names in the newspaper and get the old names changed on
necessary documents.

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