Udupi: Pejawar Swamiji visits Dalit colony, calls for end to untouchability


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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Mar 6: In a heart-warming gesture, Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math on Friday March 6 visited the Dalit colony at Nittur here to know the issues faced by the residents and to propogate the upcoming Virat Hindu Samajotsava scheduled to be held on March 9.

Addressing the gathering, Swamiji said, "When we visit Dalit colony, it does not mean that the practice of untouchability will stop overnight, but when the first step towards this is taken by us, the public will take two steps forward.

"Practice of untouchability does not exist in other religions as in Hinduism. There is no political reason behind my visit. Twenty years ago, I visited such a colony to create awareness among people about untouchability," he added.

Regarding caste discrimination at Sri Krishna Math in Udupi, he said, "I have always welcomed the idea of oneness and I am for equality in the dining hall, but I cannot force any Brahmin to practice the same and dictate where he should sit. It depends on their mindset.

"Savarna Hindus and Dalits are equal before society, and neither community is stronger, because even Dalits believe in the same Hindu god. It is not good to neglect the tribal community. All belong to the same rich Hindu culture," he said.

Speaking on the issue of inter-caste marriage, he said that he does not support inter-caste marriages as they spoil the caste system. "I started the movement for eradication of untouchability in 1970-72. I have fought for a change in the mindset."

"A real Brahmin is one who gives up alcohol and meat," he added.

The Swamiji said that every caste's culture has its own importance, but people should cultivate Hindu traditions. "People of other castes should follow Hindu traditions. Society should achieve equality only by propagating the Hindu dharma. The welfare of the deprived people is the development of Hindu dharma," he said.

Bhaskar, a Dalit community member said, "We are very happy that Swamiji is here. It may hurt some religious leaders. No one has come here before, but Swamiji has come like god to the colony."

Pejawar Swamiji visited many houses and listened to the grievances of the colony people on discrimination in temples, work places, reservations, and facilities provided to them by society.

Baikady Suprasad Shetty, VHP district president, Vasudev Bhat, committee member and others were present.

  

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  • P.Shirish Kumnar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 7 2015

    Swamiji I appreciate your move. Same thing we are doing since college time but not with media people. Thats the difference.

    I have a simple question to you... Even though it is 2015, why in Udupi Shri.Krishna temple, Brahmins have separate dining hall & rest of the communities not allowed to eat with them in the same hall ?????

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  • Ravi B Shenava, Mangaluru

    Sat, Mar 7 2015

    1)ಅಸ್ಪಶ್ಯತೆ ತೊಲಗಲಿ, ಜಾತಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಉಳಿಯಲಿ: ಪೇಜಾವರ ಶ್ರೀ.
    2)ಉಡುಪಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾ.9ರಂದು ನಡೆಯಲಿರುವ ಹಿಂದೂ ಸಮಾಜೋತ್ಸವಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರನ್ನು ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಟ್ಟೂರಿನ ಬಬ್ಬುಸ್ವಾಮಿ ದೈವಸ್ಥಾನದ ಬಳಿಯ ದಲಿತರ ಮನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಇಂದು ಮುಂಜಾನೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ಅವರು ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು.
    Above Two news items were copied and pasted here from Today's Kannada Newspaper.
    It proves what was the agenda behind the Visit of Pejavarasri to Dalit Colony.

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  • Sprasad, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    It would have been more fruitful for the society if, depressed class people including dalit gets entry into Udupi chouki oota...

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  • yogesh, bombay

    Sat, Mar 7 2015

    Some visits/entries are one-way only

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  • anil dsilva, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    wel done pejawar swamiji,, god bless ur kind work,,
    after all we the people make the rules and break the rules,,
    Almighty GOD IS JUST WATCHING FROM THE ABOVE,,

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  • raj, mulky

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Very honest in his words...Swamiji knows where are the limits when he says about sitting together in dininig hall or inter caste marriage...we can become like brahman by giving up meat and alcohol but that's it .... end of the road...caste has to remain..that is the bitter truth

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  • Ruben Pinto, Australia

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    It was heartening to see sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of pejawar math-an esteemed head of the Hindu religion reaching out to the dalits.I hope the other religious heads will take this as an example and welcome the dalits. it is an affront to human dignity that people are not treated as equal because of their birth. We all own this world.

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  • kp, mlore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Why not get rid of the caste system completely Swamiji? Untouchability will continue to exist in the mind even if it isn't practiced openly!

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  • Aftab Kola, Mangaluru

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Swamiji has done the right thing.. though his views in entirety seem confusing as he does not want to hurt the Brahmins as well. All said and done, such initiative needs to be appreciated.

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  • Anil, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    It's a good gesture, but the fact remains the same unless you make them feel equal.
    Just a observation, in their own home they are sitting on the ground and swamiji is sitting on a chair......
    Call them for functions, give your daughter or son to their son or daughter, make them stay in same queue while offering prayers/ Pooja....

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    BJP (B Janardhan Poojary) is already ahead in this pursuit(to bring equality among the oppressed in the society)..., in fact he try to reduce discrimination by giving opportunity in temple rituals to all the oppressed section of the community.
    Sriman Pejavar shri's action is commendable in this regard..., As he is rightly said it, to take this matter further society should put up 2 step further (i.e., by allowing this relationship to extend in matrimonial unity).
    One day the Krishna Mutt's rituals be headed by a dalit purohit and let brahmin's take sacred water from the hands of a dalit purohit. The moment this happens Hinduism will be a great force to reckon across the world.
    Let the mighty force of the parivar outfits work towards this to happen.

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  • moshu, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    It is not possible to eradicate untouchability unless a law that makes untouchability a criminal offense is passed.

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  • Tom Cat, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    "I have always welcomed the idea of oneness and I am for equality in the dining hall, but I cannot force any Brahmin to practice the same and dictate where he should sit. It depends on their mindset.

    Dear Pejawar Swamiji it time you educate the brahmins first and visit.

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  • jithesh,

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    This is the real Ghar Waapsi..!! good one.

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Pajavar seer visited Dalith colony earlier also but result by and large remained same.Social revolutions can change perception on Daliths.God created male and female we created 1000s of sects/folks/communities etc.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Religion and Caste was created by MANKIND ...

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  • Well wisher, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Jossey,
    For the first and last time I completely agree with you,mmmwwah. It only depends where you are born, a Hindu house,a Muslim house or a Christian house.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 7 2015

    Marcel Miranda's house in Kallianpur ....

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 8 2015

    LOL!

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Good move.
    Dear Swamiji if you need any support in this matter our AHINDA CM Siddaramayya always there.

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  • JANARDHANA ACHARYA, BANGALORE/UDIPI

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    I think it's high time central and state government recognize Udupi Astamatha and 100 crore Indian rupees must be granted to all the Udupi Astha Matha's. They are doing so many good things to society.

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  • KGShenoy, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    MR.Acharya,I think lots of constructive work can be done without spending money.It's the mind set that need to be changed.It does not require money at all.

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  • yogesh, bombay

    Sat, Mar 7 2015

    100 cr only enough???

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Do such colony's exists in DK and UDUPI taluk?....

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  • Valerian D Souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 7 2015

    If there is then why such Dalit colony in the first place?

    They are already separated from mainstream!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    KUDOS!!! GREAT INITIATIVE!!

    Next, Pejawar Swamiji should encourage inter-caste marriages and dining for all castes in the same hall of temples.

    This will be a landmark decision and will help break down barriers in Hinduism....only then will all backward classes welcome this initiative.

    KUDOS!

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  • ayub malpe, bahrain

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Very good move by respected seer,on the eve of samajossava.
    NOW days are very near to abolish untouchability system and appointment of dalit in SriKrishna mutt.
    good wishes to my Dalit brothers.

    By the way I remember same swamiji visiting Dalit colony (saraswati bhajana mandir vadabhandeshwar)MALPE way back 24 years. I appreciate his efforts.

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  • shahul, honnali

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Very good move if it is not backed by political agenda.

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  • avinash, ksd/bluru

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Shahul are you looking for 'kallu' in 'mosaru' ?

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  • Shahul, Honnali

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    No in reverse

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  • Vellano1, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Good that you are questioning his motives! Which is a must..

    but if it was done to MOTHER TERESA, by now you would have been bombarded by peacefuls and seculars and protest marches! and hounded ... But Hindus dont worry about criticism! :)

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  • UM, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Welcome pejawar seers move...but he is not for intercaste marriage and he couldn't force other brahmins in temple to have common dining hall...Secondly he says he wants to keep caste system alive....Positive side is he visited dalit colony which very few priests do, negative side he wants to keep age old caste system alive...

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  • avinash, ksd/bluru

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Very good gesture by Sri Sri Swamiji. Iam sure that acts like this will prevent conversion to some extent.

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  • Vasudev Bhat, Rayee

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Conversion ....need from thinking, fron ideology, from way of living, way of commenting. Swamiji has taken a great step...it is everybody's responsibility to carry forward. Let us get converted and take a step forward.

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  • Oliver Machado, Udupi - Sharjah

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Most appreciated and Welcome move by the Pejawar mutt Swamiji.Surely it will help uplift the spiritual sentiments among'st these people who believe in God and their faith.It is a day of Holi and the time to rejoice with good news.

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  • Ahmed, Mangaluru

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Untouchability can be eradicated by touching each other, having food together in the same table, by embracing each other, by equal rights etc., However, Pejawar Swamiji's initiative is appreciable.

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  • loboag, Mangaluru/Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    The message of Pejawar Swamiji is loud and clear for those who hate other religions. God has created every human being in his likeness but man created castes and untouchability. Hope everyone follows his message. Well done swamiji.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Jai ho Pejawar Swamiji....
    We are all hindus.. say no to caste system....
    Hindustan hamara hai,,,

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  • Ravikiran, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    "Speaking on the issue of inter-caste marriage, he said that he does not support inter-caste marriages as they spoil the caste system. "

    Ya right, that says it all.

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  • Suresh, Udupi/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Ravikiran, Bangalore

    Why do you focus on the point which doesn't suit your "taste".

    Why don't you appreciate the positive points?

    If you want do social work by marring a widow or a devadasi, who is stopping you. Go ahead and do.

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  • Candle, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Truly a kind gesture from Swamiji.His visit will eliminate the differences and give confidence to Dalith community.The example set by him need to be followed by everyone,then only we can expect RAMRAJYA

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  • McQueen, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    well done swamiji. appreciate your act.
    we are supposed to spread equality and love.
    hoping and praying that all the hardline hindu brethren involve in similar acts as done by you. it'll create an unbiased society

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  • Adil, Thekkatte

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Good sense of humanity by Sri Pejawar swamy.we should follow humanity first,then caste and culture.

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    Most of the Indians when they go abroad, do not practice untouchability or caste system. In Kenya, the Mangaloreans celebrate all the important Indian festivals and everyone participates irrespective of one's religion, caste or creed. Hats off to Pejawar Swamiji for his bold step in visiting the Dalit colony. Many people just preach, but he had the moral courage to visit this colony.

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