Row over 'no worship' diktat for Dalits by upper caste in Hassan

Hassan (Karnataka), Jan 26 (IANS): At a time when the entire nation is celebrating the 73rd Republic Day, the stark realities of social imbalance continue to haunt the country.

An incident of caste discrimination has been reported from Gangura village in Karnataka's Hassan district, where the upper caste people have reportedly ordered the Dalits not to be part of a religious ceremony, and even took an undertaking from them in this regard.

The villagers of Gangura, where the main temple coming under the Muzrai department is being renovated, have decided to perform a ritual called ‘Adde Utsava'.

During this ritual, the deity from the Adibailu Bindigeyamma Ranganathaswamy temple is taken to 28 villages before culminating in a religious fair after 28 days.

However, though the temple comes under government control, the upper caste elders of the village have held a panchayat and decided that Dalits should not participate in any of the religious affairs when the deity is brought to the village.

They have issued clear instructions to the Dalits families that they should not attend any religious ritual, nor should they worship the god. They have also been threatened not to write anonymous petitions to the district commissioner or any other government authorities in this regard.

Going one step further, the upper caste elders of the village have reportedly taken an undertaking from the Dalits that if any issue arises in connection with ‘Adde Utsava', it would be resolved within the villagers.

The educated youth belonging to Dalit community in the village are fuming over the upper caste diktat.

There are around 300 houses belonging to the upper caste in the village, while only 10 families belong to the Dalit community. It is alleged that knowing fully well that the Dalits won't be able to put up a protest, upper caste people have decided to go unilaterally on the issue.

"If we are outcast from worshiping god, why should they be allowed? Don't we have the same blood in our bodies? Is it just to practice untouchability staying in the same village," asked Akash, a graduate from the village.

"We are celebrating Republic Day today. But we are yet to get freedom. The oppressive caste system is still haunting us. All castes are equal Constitutionally, so why are we being exploited? Why is the society giving us a raw deal," Akash asked, adding: "We don't want ‘Adde Utsava' to come to our village if we are prohibited from taking part in the ritual."

Another villager said on condition of anonymity that ‘Adde Utsava' was stopped for many years, and the villagers want to conduct it this time.

"But whenever it happened earlier, the upper caste people not let Dalits go near the deity. This time they are collecting signatures from our elders, who are readily obliging fearing being targeted or boycotted," he said.

"The caste system is very much alive… It is practised in every village. Ironically, it is not the Brahmins who are imposing untouchability, but other caste groups which are considered as lowly by the Brahmins are dictating in this regard. The temple belongs to the government, it is not a private property. If we are not allowed to worship and participate in rituals, we don't want the ‘Adde Utsava' in our village," he said.

The village comes under the reserved Sakleshpur Assembly constituency represented by H.K. Kumaraswamy of JD(S).

The ‘Adde Utsava' was stopped 20 years ago after a big uproar over a Dalit participating in the religious fare. After a long time, arrangements are being made to restart it but without Dalits, according to locals.

When contacted MLA H.K. Kumaraswamy stated that the issue has not come to his notice yet.

"I will inquire about it," he stated.











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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    As a protest ,These Dalits should convert to Islam.

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  • Raghu, Pumpwell

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಒಂದು ಅಲ್ವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ...

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  • martin, bantwal

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    barred from their own men.. only during election BJP-RSS sings HINDU-ONDU, but in practice we all know BJPs run by RSS & their manuvadi mind set which they'll never give up. NOW what should these millions of dalits do.. hindus dont accept as their own other than for elections & propaganda. NO bajarangi no VHP'll take out protest march.. no fiery speeches from BJP-RSS now.. these dalits left wondering they cant convert nor they can call themselves hindu .. WHAT SHUD THEY DO ?

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Nobody can deny the fact that Hinduism is in danger by Hindus. God is become a Political Tool of the Idiots and Andh bhaths are their slaves

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  • Mohsin, Saudi

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Can brahmin convert to Dalit?

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    India ruled by many kings as separate country. So there were different caste system in worship God in different form in their own arrangements for worship. Temples were not open for all. The education of Indian and people like Gandhi unird these kingdoms in the concept of one nation. Mr Ambedkar committee formed constitution in a most suitable to different kingdom caste religion etc. But now new foorce coming and exploits Dalits backward minority etc. These Aryans culture want to take control over all people and divide is the time Dravidian to unite

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  • Joe, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Name 10 people who are Aryans as per you and are ruling India, there is no such thing as Aryan Culture or Dravidian culture this is big joke

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  • NS BHAT, Kasaragod

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Do customs of Adde Uthsava deny involvement of Dalits? I think there must be something hidden matter in this issue. If some community is denied from worshiping God, then what is the use of such culture?

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Just before election even the lowest caste becomes high priority class!!! Politicians desperately have lunch with dalit families in front of cameras.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    People forget. All communities had their own religions in India. The religions did not have any names. The Brahmins came to the coastal Karnataka around the 9th-10th centuries, with their own religion. Slowly, other communities forgot their own religions, and started visiting the Brahmin temples. It was a slow conversion. People of today must forget all about religions. It is a waste of time. But if you must have a religion, go back to the religion of your forefathers before the Brahmins arrived. The word "Hindu" did not exist in Indian books before the 18th century.

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  • sushil, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    India is no better than Aprthied Africa where Minority whites ruled for decades Majority blacks till They won their well deserved social Status and rights. Similarly India is governed by the Minority Upper class as on date at the expense of Majority Dalit and backward class community , depriving them of Education, economical independence and well deserved social status. Unless the Dalits and backward class wake up and fight for their rights and social status this oppression and discrimination will continue. they will be used in the name of religion and conversion and keep them only as vote banks by the political parties. The few of the leaders of Dalit and Backward class are only interested in their Growth and are well fed by the elite and not bothered to fight for their community.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Effect of Hindutva not as Hindu 80 %, educated Hindus don't follow the Hindutva (Taliban) Only during the Election these communal minded sharing n forwarding edited fabricated fake video clips. Is it a Bharatiya nature?

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Now Dalits are FREE to convert.......

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Do they have separate Gods for high class and low class hindus???

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Bunch of Uppercaste hindus of the total population becoming grave threat for Hinduism

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  • Ashi, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    When Dalit and lower caste will realize? Only option is mass conversion to other religion.

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  • Rohan Karkera, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Please don't over exaggerate! Yes, we are discriminated but that doesn't mean one has to change their customs/religion. We Sc's and St's too are the real inhabitants of this region. Later y'all arrived!

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  • peacelover, india

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    This is the agenda.. Muslim on top of the list, followed by Christians and then not only Dalits, even other Hindus ( other than Brahmins) will be targeted.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    blue JP has to work on eradication of manuvada rather than focusing on conversion...this is the basic reason why Dalits and other scheduled castes and tribes want to join Christianity and Islam...

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  • Arvind Shetty, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    "ನಾವು ಹಿಂದು, ನಾವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಒಂದು" but but but during election only. Reminded our "DAADIWALA CHAACHA's" favourite word "HYPOCRISY KELIYE BE SEEMA HOTA HE"................JAI HIND.

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  • Wilfred, karnataka

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    what a discrimination when worshiping God, God is same for all cast, he never discriminate when the sunrise and rain comes down, it distribute equally . Congress JD, pls raise your voice .

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    I wonder which temple our president Sriman Ramnath Kovind goes to worship being a Dalit??????…….Or is he only stalled by BJP to show piece pseudo equality.

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Koragajja you are power full .

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  • R.kumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022


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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    This is the REALITY that rss/bjp try to hide by targeting EVERYONE.

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  • Rehan sheikh, Brahmaver

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Acche din in karnataka

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  • mohan prabhu, Mangalore/Canada

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    What a travesty of justice and equality.. Is it only on paper without teeth to enforce? Perhaps the upper caste (I doubt if they are Brahmins as many who are not dalits claim they are upper caste - one caste above them)... this caste-ridden society will crumble under its own weight in time. And that time is now, not in the future.

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  • Alphy, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Mr Prabhu...what is your opinion, if these dis-gruntled and frustrated population of Dalit community wants to embrace some other religion were there is no discrimination? I am sure you will not blow your trumpet, scream it is forced conversion? Though there is zero forced conversion in Catholic church.

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  • mohan prabhu, Mangalore, Canada

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    Hello Alphy, Mumbai: Thank you for asking my opinion on conversion to Christianity. If Dalits embrace that religion because there is no caste discrimination in that religion, they do so to gain respectability

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