Thousands of people protested in Delhi August 21 over the demolition of 500-year-old Guru Ravidas shrine on August 10 by the BJP-controlled Delhi Development Authority.
Guru Ravidas is a revered Indian poet-saint of 15th century. He was also a social reformer. He fought social divisions under the Hindu caste system, and gender equality. He was born in a family that worked with dead animals’ skin removal to produce leather, and thus belonged to the “untouchable caste”. He is much revered in the Sikh scriptures where his poetry is included in the Sikh holy book Adi Granth.
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What was the reason?
It was the land title dispute, which the DDA considered as an unauthorized, got the injunction from the Supreme court, and swiftly demolished the place. Google for more details.
Thanks for sharing about Guru Ravidas Sir, a champion of equality. Glad to know about the social reformer through your words and do share about other poets, freedom fighters and souls who made a difference to society.
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