September 19, 2014 4:43:08 am
As many as 140 sadhus of the Valmiki community were felicitated jointly by Bharatmata Mandir, Sanand and Samanvaya Parivar to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (September 17) and Swami Satymitranandji (September 19) at a function here on Thursday. Also felicitated was Hiraba, mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was represented by Modi’s younger brother Pankaj.
While addressing the gathering, State Finance Minister Nitin Patel said untouchability had stained the Indian religions and urged the people to completely remove it. BJP does not work for votes, he said citing the example of Narendra Modi who had got the first vessel placed in his official residence by a Dalit girl on taking charge as chief minister of Gujarat. “It was the effect of this gesture that he has become Prime Minister after twelve years,” Patel said.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said his commitment to small communities would strengthen them. About facilitating Hiraba, Chudasma said that the greatest gift Hiraba had given to the nation was her son Narendra Modi, for which she was being rightly felicitated on his birthday.
Adhyatmanandji of Shivanand Ashram said the true felicitation of the Valmikis was to offer penance for excesses committed against them in the past.
“Never consider yourself as Shoodra (untouchable) and never give up struggle to grow,” he exhorted the community. Rajya Sabha member Shambhunathji said Valmikis were doing twin job of cleaning the dirt from the society and secondly cleaning the mindset of people. “Communities are divided on the basis of work and not on the basis of their caste,” he said.
A book on the caste analysis written by former Varanasi MP and ex-chairman of Scheduled Caste Commission of India Vijay Sonkar Shastri was also released on the occasion in his presence.
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