Chamrajnagar Dalits threaten to embrace Buddhism

MYSORE: Around 60 Dalit families who have been denied entry into a temple during the local Dodda Ankada Maramma jathra in Kalana Hundi of Chamrajnagar taluk have threatened to embrace Buddhism

Published: 07th February 2012 01:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:51 PM   |  A+A-

MYSORE: Around 60 Dalit families who have been denied entry into a temple during the local Dodda Ankada Maramma jathra in Kalana Hundi of Chamrajnagar taluk have threatened to embrace Buddhism in protest against discrimination. Due to continued discrimination, the jathra, which is celebrated by taking out a procession of local deities, was stopped in 1999.

However, the upper castes have decided to celebrate the festival. Dalits, who protested against their ban in hotels and temples, also objected to temple rituals where offerings by Dalits were sprinkled with water before being placed before the deity. They approached the district administration alleging untouchability and urged the authorities to stop the festival to end this discrimination.

Mahesh, a Dalit youth, said the Dalit Colony has not been getting sufficient water since the day they lodged a police compliant. The district administration has sought a report from the police.

“The police assured us that they would look into our grouse. But how can we trust them when they have failed to act on our complaints for so long?” he asked. They even blamed the local leaders of spreading hatred by encouraging their own community to celebrate the festival and keeping away Dalits.

“Why practise a tradition that has no respect for Dalits or does not believe in equality?” asked Narashimamurthy, a folk artiste. Meanwhile, villagers opposed any move to seize the chariot and other  temple accessories that belonged to the village.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp