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Sharad slams Narendra Modi government for demolition of historic Ravidas Temple

Patna, Aug 22 (UNI) Patron of Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) and former Union Minister
Sharad Yadav today expressed his deep anguish over the failure of Narendra Modi
government in making an appeal before the Supreme Court for review of its order to
demolish 500 year old temple of Sant Ravidas in Tughlakabad Road in New Delhi
as insensitivity of the government on the issue ultimately led to demolition of this
temple causing a great sense of resentment among Dalit community of the country.
Mr Yadav, in a press release issued here, said that he supported the peaceful
protest against the demolition of a 500-year old temple of Sant Ravidas by the
administration in Tughlakabad Road, Delhi.
Protests all across the country was in full swing that showed how much our
Dalit brothers and sisters had been hurt because of this incident, he added.
"The decision to demolish the ancient temple of Sant Ravidas in Tughlakabad
was taken following an order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. I am of the opinion
that the Government of India should have appealed against the demolition as it
is a matter of devotion for dalits. But the Government did not do that which is very
unfortunate", Mr Yadav noted and pointed out that according to beliefs, the temple
of Sant Ravidas located in Tughlakabad, Delhi had a history of about 500 years old.
It was believed that when Ravidas was going from Banaras towards Punjab he
rested at this place in 1509, he further said and added that a new temple was built
here in 1954 in Independent India.
Former Union Minister said that the Government should appeal before the Supreme
Court, to calm the tense situation and also to restore the faith of the Dalit brothers and
sisters in democracy.
"I have learned a lot from Ravidas's biography in my life and I used his couplets a
couple of times in my speeches, and one of which is “Man Changa To Kathauti Mein
Ganga” and the story behind it is that he made it happen that a set of bangle came
out of a water filled pot. That is why it is said that if the heart is clean and pure then
the water kept in the pot is also as holy as the water of river Ganga. The temple built
in memory of such a person is of great importance for the Dalits", Mr Yadav maintained.
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