Sunday, January 17, 2016

Shun discrimination, bring Dalits into mainstream in progress, Tarun Vijay

RSS inspired Vanavasi Seva Kendram organized Sankranthi celebrations in Rajapalayam, Tiruvalore District. Relief materials for flood affected people were distributed through Sewa Bharat International and Youth for Seva.  Shri Tarun Vijay, Rajya Sabha MP who was the chief guest, participated in the programme along with Sri Srinivasan, Sewa International and Sri Aravind Rajagopal, Youth for Seva. Around 2000 tribals of Irular community from 53 villages in and around Tiruvallore participated in the programme.  Samudhaya Pongal was prepared by Tribals and distributed as Prasadam. Shri Tarun Vijay who spoke on the occasion said that ‘discrimination must end; tribals and dalits should be brought into mainstream in progress.  Equality is the birth right of tribals and dalits’, he said.

Shri Tarun Vijay who participated in Pongal Vizha celebrations organized in Adi-Dravidar colony at Nellikuppam Village, Cuddalore District expressed his displeasure over the separate cremation ground and ‘two glass’ practiced against Dalits even after 60 years of independence. He said that it must end as it is inhuman, against our Hindu Dharma and a sin against God.  He further cited out RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijayadasami speech where he had appealed to practice the concept of one temple, one crematorium and one well.  

Later he also participated in the inauguration of #Startup campaign at ancient Pallava built Thiruvathigai Temple, Panruti, near Cuddalore.  Highlighting the important aspects of #Startup campaign, he also appealed the people gathered to leave the age of dependence; Startup India will unshackle tribals/dalits from the atrocious traditions of discrimination and misery, he said.  Tarun Vijay was leading campaign for Dalit entry to temples in Uttrakhand and was successful in opening of a temple in Uttrakhand to Dalits and women after 400 years.  ‘It also proves the discriminations existed, and we have to struggle to end such sinful acts against our Gods’, he said.  

In a courtesy gesture, Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi leader Shri Ravikumar presented a book titled ‘Talisman’ to Shri Tarun Vijay which describes atrocities and pains inflicted upon Tamilnadu Dalits.  

In a gesture to support Jallikattu and celebrate Pongal with villagers in Kalamaur Village, Pudukottai District, he condemned the westernized mindset which dictates our festivals.  Our festivals are governed under the five thousand year old cultural Constitution, and if some people are misusing the 68 year old Constitution to violate our age-old traditions, they will not succeed, he said. 

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