Tuesday, June 14, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits Agitate Seeking Action against Pejavar Swamiji



Udupi: Dalits Agitate Seeking Action against Pejavar Swamiji

Team Mangalorean

Posted at 9-15 am

Udupi, Jun 14: Dalit organizations staged a dharna in front of the
deputy commissioner's office on Monday, condemning Shri Vishwesha
Tirtha Swamiji's recent statement on untouchability and seeking his
arrest under the Untouchability Offences Act.

It may be recalled here the Swamiji had termed the recent conversion
of over 2,000 Dalits to Buddhism as 'drama'. He had also said that the
caste system was the soul of Hindu faith and its eradication amounted
to eradication of the faith itself. He had also said that the Dalits
embracing Buddhism would not help banish untouchability.

Dalit Sangharsh Samiti's state organizing convener Prakash
Byadarahalli, speaking on the occasion, a lie that the Hindu faith and
the Buddhist faith are one and the same was being circulated. There
were many differences between the two. The Hindu way of life was
evolved by the sages as a Vedic concept and was not a faith at all.
The Swamiji should widen his knowledge in the subject, Byadarahalli

He further demanded the immediate arrest of the Swamiji for his
anti-Constitution statement, otherwise the agitation would be
intensified, he said. He also said the Swamiji owed an apology to the

DSS district convener Hoovappa Master, distric convener Shyamaraj
Birti, Manjunath Giliyar, Nagaraj Kundapur, Sanjeeva Karkala, Sundar
Gujjarabettu, Ananda Master and others also took part in the dharna.

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