Phagwara: Members of the Dalit community here on Thursday took out a protest march against the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple in New Delhi’s Tughlakabad area on the apex court order. They demanded the reallotment of the land for the reconstruction of the temple. Carrying black flags and banners, they first assembled at the PWD rest house here and then took out a protest march on the national highway, before converging on the sugar mill chowk. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder They also raised slogans against the Union government. Jarnail Nangal, president of the SC wing of the Lok Insaaf Party, led the protesters. Nangal said Dalits had rejected the idea of having an alternative site for the temple. When a delegation of the community met Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Delhi, he had suggested an alternative site for the temple, he said. “We are subjected to the tyranny of the system and the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple is a glaring example of it,” Nangal alleged. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He said Dalits would hold a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 21 to protest the demolition of the temple. Meanwhile, Shri Guru Ravidas Sadhu Sampardai Society chairman Sant Mohinderpal Pandwa demanded the reconstruction of the temple at the same site. He said,”It is a historic site hallowed by Guru Ravidas around 1509, a centre of faith and devotion for lakhs of his followers. Nothing short of the reallocation of the land is acceptable to us.” On August 13, members of Dalit community had observed a Punjab bandh to protest the demolition of the temple.
AddThis ShareCONTACT: David Kaplan PHONE: (713) 831-4795 E-MAIL: [email protected] STUDENT AIMS TO LEAD CHEROKEE NATIONKen Masters is quite likely the only Rice Universitystudent who dreams of becoming an Indian chief.He is a man living in two worlds: He is a second-year student who hopes toearn a Ph.D. in psychology, while he lives and breathes ancient Cherokeeculture. His goal is to become chief of the Cherokee Nation.Since infancy, Masters has been surrounded by American Indian traditions andcustoms, many of which he learned from his great-grandmother. She was one ofseven “clan mothers” of the Cherokee Tribe which has a population of about200,000.Many Cherokees from Masters’ generation have lost touch with their Indianroots, but Masters still speaks his native language and still sees life throughthe eyes of Cherokee mythology.At some point he hopes to be elected chief of the nation, and there are thosein his tribe who think it might happen because, they say, he has already shownspecial leadership skills and because he is looked upon favorably by many of theelders.“I already understand the basic pain and anger a lot of the American Indiansfeel,” Masters says. “I want to be able to help develop programs and help themfind a sense of worth.”Masters will return to his Cherokee Oklahoma homeland after completing hispsychology degree program at Rice.Masters is also a gifted and recognized potter who works in the ancientCherokee style. When Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller met with Queen Elizabethfive years ago, she presented the queen one gift from the Cherokee people. Itwas one of Masters’ works of pottery.### read more