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Udupi: Untouchability has reduced, striving to eradicate it completely - Pejawar Swamiji


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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Nov 25: Sri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Paryaya Pejawar Math on Saturday, November 25 said that though untouchability existed in the earlier decades, it has reduced a lot now.

Addressing media after morning session of the second day of 3-day Dharma Sansad, he said, “Untouchability existed in 1947. In 1977, I visited a colony of ‘Harijans’ in 1977 for which I was condemned by various math heads. Even then, I went ahead and supported ‘Harijans’. The same swamijis and math heads support me now. Untouchability has not completely been eradicated from India. We are trying hard to eradicate it completely.”

To a question from the media about the existence of caste-based discrimination, Swamiji said, “This does not happen anymore at Sri Krishna Math. This might be happening in others maths.”

On another query about untouchability and inter-caste marriages, Swamiji said that those are two different concepts. “Dalits and other castes sit together and have meals nowadays. Once we eradicate untouchability, issues on inter-caste marriages can be solved.”

Answrering a query on the construction of Ram Mandir, Swamiji said, “The Supreme Court should have given a positive verdict. The central government should support us. We want a Ram Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi.”

Speaking on the issue of reservation, he said, “We do not have any problem with reservation. But that should be the same for the majority and minorities. There should be no preferential treatment. Everyone should be treated equally.”

Surendra Kumar Jain joint general secretary, VHP said, “Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia in the morning session spoke about making India a untouchabilty-free nation. He also spoke about running a campaign ‘Hindu Parivar Mithra Yojana’ where people from other castes will visit Dalits’ homes and vice-versa.”

Speaking on the state government taking over temple administration, Surendra Kumar Jain said, “The government is trying to take over the reins of the temple, not mosques or churches. They think that we Hindus are weak. Once the government takes over the temples, the sanctity of the temple will reduce automatically. The government is only after the money and the temple property. It is all a political game.”

“The people of other castes are not trying to oppress Dalits. This is a plan of the ‘secular-mafia’ which trying to divide the society on the lines of caste. The righteous one will be victorious,” he said.

On conversion, Surendra Kumar Jain said, “VHP is not against Dalits. Unrest in the society happens due to conversion. We do not want forceful ‘Ghar Wapsi’. A strict law on conversion should be brought into force.”

Answering a query of media about the absence of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Dharma Sansad, Prof M B Puranik, chief secretary, Dharma Sansad said that he is on constant touch on phone and will arrive if time permits.

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 28 2017

    Swami needs to stop talking and start acting.

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  • Vinod.raj, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 26 2017

    Will Brahman ready to marry with dalit woman?
    Will Brahman invite Dalit to have share meals at their home ?
    Will Brahman allow their kids mix & play with innocent Dalit kids..?
    Will Brahman build the homes next to dalit homes?
    Will Brahman bride(woman) shake hand or hug dalit woman in wedding function?
    Will Brahman allow dalit woman lift the water from the well where in Brahman locality?
    Brahmans love for dalit only slogan in Dharma samsad....it wont come into effect..

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Sun, Nov 26 2017

    Very good thoughts from Swamiji. He doesn't belong to any political party.

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Sun, Nov 26 2017

    The Government of India has passed legislations to stop untouchability in India. Kindly, do not give this credit to Krishna Mutt of Udupi. It is ridiculous to say that.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    Sri Krishna Math is the only religious place in India where a Minority / SC / ST / OBC / Untouchable can have a meal Peacefully ...

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    "Peacefully" AND 'alongside"

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore/Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    If you do not know true facts then desist from writting assuming things.Facts are not so...this is without prejudice.

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  • Nithin Poojary, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    Thanks to Indira Gandhi......Banks, Oil Companies, Insurance companies were all controlled by the upper caste, She Nationalised all the organisations and gave reservation to the lower caste. That is the reason why Upper caste is against Congress Party.
    If not Indira Gandhi even today the lower caste would be like slaves.
    Unfortunately all have forgotten the past, today we are running behind fake PM, Who has imposed Tax and everything, If we sit there is tax, if we stand there is tax, if we eat there is tax, Would you believe Mineral water has 18 percent tax.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    Untouchability will go & can be confirmed as gone, probably when a Purohit from Dalit community become Swamiji of Udupi Shri Krishna Mutt and solemnize upper cast Brahmin Marriages..., and give holy water to temple visitors...,

    Let us wait for this to happen..., a suggestion to begin with let any one Swamiji among the eight mutts of Udupi appoint a dalit as his or their desciple...,

    In this regard the support of the whole of Hindustani Hindu's are with Swamiji..., with only request that politicians should not talk & poach the agenda to fulfill & meet their political lust...,

    jh
    jai hind..,

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  • Sampath, India

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    Only with the condition that they should be ready to quit reservations...

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Tue, Nov 28 2017

    this is called "holy humbug".

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 25 2017

    I don't believe this.

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Sun, Nov 26 2017

    WHO CARES IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE.

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