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ON WHEEL CHAIR
(S.S. BHAGANIA) & THREE
SISTERS STANDING WITH
PRESIDENT MR. OBAMA
in details coming in
Ambedkar Times news paper
September 1, 2011
Bhagwan Valmik community celebrated Dr Ambedkar's 120th birth
anniversary in Tracy (California)
COMMUNITY RESUME THEIR
PROTEST FOR VALMIKI TEMPLE
Indian activist from the 'Bhagwan Valmiki Ashram Dhuna Sahib
Trust ' holds an image of Bhagwan Valmiki during a demonstration
as they blocked traffic at Bhandari Bridge in Amritsar on
February 10, 2011. Activists blocked traffic at Bhandari Bridge
in Amritsar as they demanded the construction of a Bhagwan
Valmiki temple at Ram Tirath Mandir about 11 km from Amritsar.
community members, a prominent lower caste community in Punjab
state, shout slogans stop a lorry during a protest demanding
restoration of the holiness of Valmiki pilgrimage site and
construction of a Valmiki Temple, in Amritsar, India, Thursday,
Feb. 10, 2011. The protesters have given a call for a statewide
strike in Punjab on Feb. 14, if their demands were not met.
(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Forwarded by Viren Singh Gill &
Posted on February 25, 2011
Parivartan Yatra, Reception to Bus Yatris, Viswa
Chanakya Puri, New Delhi Sunday, 31st October,2010
– 4.30 PM receiving the yatris on arrival at Viswa
Yuvak Kendra after a 32 days Journey by Special invitees
& other participants, 4.30PM- 5.00 PM Tea, 5.00PM-5.15
PM Garlanding Baba Saheb’s Photo
Paying tribute to late S.R. Sankaran, IAS retd –
Chairman of Safai Karmachari Andolan (observe 2 minutes
silence), 5.15 PM- 5.30 PM Welcome speech
Purpose & significance of the national Yatra and its
culmination in Delhi
5.30PM -6.00PM Sharing of personal experiences and views
by Liberated safai karmacharis & Fellow yatris
6.00PM -6.15PM honouring the yatris with shawls and certificates
by special invitees
6.15PM- 6.45PM Felicitation words by special invitees
6.45PM-7.00PM Declaration of charter of Demands
Announcement of further course of Action for total eradication
of manual scavenging by 2010
Our special invitees are requested to do the honour of
receiving the yatris on arrival at 4PM at Viswa Yuva Kendra.
Parivartan Yatra, Public Meeting, Mavlankar Hall,
Constitution Club, New Delhi
Monday, 1st November 2010 at 11AM to 2.00PM
500-700 Safai Karmcharis, including bus yatris from 20
states from the following five routes
• Jai Bhim Marg Srinagar Delhi
• Savitri Bai Marg Dehradun Delhi
• Birsa Munda Marg Dibrugarh Delhi
• Jahlkhari Bai Marg Khurda Delhi
• Periyar Marg Kanyakumari Delhi
and Honourable Ministers, MPs, Planning Commission members,
NAC members, Prominent Personalities in the civil society,
Dalit, Women and Human Rights Activists
11.00AM – 11.30AM Garlanding Baba Saheb’s
Paying tribute to late S.R.Sankaran IAS Retd, Chairman
Safai Kamachari Andolan (Observe 2 mts silence)
11.30 AM – 11.45AM Samajik Parivarthan Yatra : Its
significance in the context of the of the larger Struggle
against Manual Scavenging
11.45AM- 12.15 PM Sharing of personal experiences and
views by Liberated safai karmacharis & Fellow yatris
12.15PM – 1.30PM Responses and Solidarity Expression
by Special Invitees
1.30 PM-2.00PM Declaration of charter of Demands
Announcement of further course of Action for total Eradication
of Manual Scavenging by 2010
on October 30, 201
PUNJAB –ECSTASY IN SOLIDARITY
SAMAJIK PARIVARTAN YATRA STARTED OUT FROM
PRECEDED TO JAMMU, DAMTAL OF HIMACHALPRADESH AND NOW ENTERED
On 4th October
2010, Samajik Parivartan Yatra bus reached the next destination
on Jai Bhim Marg, the city of Jalandhar. The Yatris include
safai karmachari activists from Rajasthan, J&K, Haryana
and Himachal Pradesh. They were given a hearty and ceremonious
welcome and garlanded by the following local workers unions
who had gathered at the Municipal Corporation in Jalandhar:
· Nigam Safai Mazdoor Union, Sewer Man,
Water supply &Technical Workers union, Nagar Nigam Fourth
Class Workers Union, Northern Railway Mens Unions
Symbolizing the community aspirations, the
meeting at the conference hall of the Jal Municipal Corporation
was started with garlanding the portrait of Baba Saheb Ambedkar
by Safai Karmachari Andolan team members & union leaders.
Subhash Desawer(State convener, Punjab ) and Sohanlal (State
Convener, Rajasthan) spoke about the goal of the Samajik Parivartan
Yatra and the significance of the route. For the first time,
people in Jalandar heard about the demands and the holistic
rehabilitation package which was read out by the team.. They
listened in rapt attention to the concept of the nation asking
for forgiveness. The people were further inspired by video footage
of various activities of the SKA in the country, featuring liberated
women safai karmacharis who called upon all community women
to stop the work, which was screened at the meeting. It made
the community to recollect their experiences and in one voice
they all endorsed the goal of the Yatra.
Booklets of ‘Action 2010’ were
distributed among the large number of people present there by
the team members of SKA. On this event, a thought provoking
skit on manual scavenging was performed by the SKA team.
In Firozepur, 5th October,2010
From Julundar, the Samajik Parivartan Yatra
proceeded to Firozepur – by then it had already travelled
154 KMs. The bus went to various areas in the town and the SKA
Yatra team conducted meetings with the community.
1) Bhilni Dera Aashram
In Bhilni Dera ashram, the Samajik Parivartan
Yatris were welcomed by Baba Jasvalji, Mukthyar Ji, Jaswanti
Batti and many more of his friends. Our Yatra team shared the
vision of the campaign and the task ahead, both immediate and
long term. The Valmiki community leaders were very much impressed
and declared that they too will join the movement for a manual
scavenging free India and actively involve with SKA for Action-2010.
They treated the Yatris to a wonderful hot lunch of Aloo mutter,
rice, halwa and many rotis and served with invaluable love.
2) In Ferozepur Cantonment
The Yatra bus went through Buchadi khana, Valmiki
Mohalla and Bada Valmiki Mander, where the safai karmachari
community was waiting in anticipated excitement. The Bharatiya
Valmiki Dharm Sansta warmly welcomed the Yatris. The district
president of Valmiki Mandal Dharam Samaj Aman Dravid and vice
president Rikesh Kumar,
President of Dr.Ambedkar Youth Club, Sushil
Ji, Sumol Bhatti, Sant Ram, Javvadi, Dharmendar, Vikram, Rajendar
Syal, Satpal and many more community leaders also ecstatically
welcomed the Yatris and expressed their solidarity to Samajik
Parivartan Yatra, pledging to participate and also identify
the persons in Manual Scavenging, if any and not already identified
by SKA, and persuade them to join this campaign. They vowed
to end Manual Scavenging ‘not only in our town, but in
the whole of Punjab!’.
They also announced that they will join Delhi
on 29th, 30th October to raise their voice and to make it heard
by the govt for liberation of the country from oppressive and
exploitative practices, and for rehabilitation package for liberated
Many more women of community joined the meeting
--- SK expressed their great happiness for the Samajik Parivartan
Yatra especially with an aim for liberation. We are all part
of this campaign and we are there with all the liberated and
still engaged in the meeting.
Declaration to eradicate Manual Scavenging
in Punjab within 30 days – By community, Ludhiana
On the 6th of Oct,2010 the Yatra proceeded
to Ludhiana. The Sangarsh committee along with a large number
of Safai Karmacharis held a warm reception at “Bharat
Nagar Chowk”. Sanagarsh Committee organized a motor cycle
rally across the city and held a meeting at the Municipal office.
Memorandums were submitted to the municipal officials and a
public meeting was held in front of the Municipal office. The
survey data of existing dry latrines and list of safai karmacharis
were publicly reads out. Many office bearers of the Trade Union
have pledged to eradicate Manual Scavenging in Punjab within
Anita, a liberated Safai Karmachari, told about
her struggle for liberation and released the demands for the
special package in the meeting. She said “ This Yatra
is Mine and it also gives courage to many” Posted on October 19, 2010
Meeting in Chandigarh, Procession
in Ambala, Usha Ramanathan garlanding cultural activist
Community meeting was held in Valmiki Mohalla-. It was attended
local eminent persons from the community, Mr. Sardar Sukhdev
Singh Jamagal- rtrd Additional Judge, Mr. Kaval Jit Singh Mattu,
Advocate, Mr. Dholak Ram- and President, Safai karmachari Union,
and community leader Mr. Ram ji Lal, Govt Employee. 12 liberated
SK women took the responsibility of organising a meeting in
the basti with the support of committee people. They invited
the community as well as general public to the meeting, where
the mission, demands, SKA’s back ground were discussed
and people’s views were taken.
CDs on Baba Saheb and his writings were distributed by the judge
to all the yatris.
women like Krishna Neena, Raja Rani , Sunita, Lasho, Prem actively
participated in the meeting and shared with the participants
that they are going to receive the rehabilitation support on
Monday- 11th Oct. These liberated women also shared with the
media that now govt officers are releasing amount s for rehabilitation
and this decision came even as they came to know about the Yatra.
freed from Manual Scavenging like Krishna and Prem shared their
happiness that they had left the work and were excited that
now they are on the threshold of a new life. Now all SKs are
liberated...they all agreed to go anywhere to motivate other
safai karmacharis into this movement . Youngsters from the community
are very happy- they played drums and sang songs of pain and
of liberation, and spoke to the media with great courage.
participants observed 2 minutes silence in condolence of the
sad demise of S. R. Sankaran—they observed that ‘though
he is not there with us, his mission is, he is the “Marga
Darshi’(guide) for all SKs across the country .’
What a fitting tribute to the chairperson of the SKA, who strived
all his life for the welfare of the marginalised and stigmatised!
from PTC news channel, MH1, ANI news channel, Punjab club ,Sathvi
news attended the meeting. All the print media also covered
the community events and govt’s announcement of rehabilitation.
Safai karmachari women- now in leadership: Yatris Proceeded
to Kurali Tehsil, Mohali dt: Meeting
started with Sraddhanjali to Sankaran
liberated and rehabilitated SKs organised a warm welcome for
the Yatris. Anita, a liberated woman, presided over the community
meeting. It was a big gathering. A portrait of Baba Saheb was
garlanded by liberated and rehabilitated SKs and SKA team.
the meeting, there was a discussion on Manual scavenging prevention
Act -1993, Govt policies and rehabilitation provisions.
Secretary of Safai Mazdoor Cell in the state Mr. Rajpal Bedra
attended the meeting and heard all about the issue from different
SKA teams from Punjab, Rajasthan, HP, Haryana and liberated
applauded the efforts of the activists for eradication, saying
that for the first time in the country, SKs are emerging as
one voice against manual scavenging, and that it is wonderful
to see the liberation process in many states.
Tara, a liberated women recounted her struggles for a dignified
life, and how she succeeded in getting work in the Municipality.
The success stories of Kamlesh, Anita, Asha etc, who are all
now working in Municipality were also shared. Lunch was served
with great affection by liberated women and their families and
Yatra reached Chandigarh at 8 PM and welcomed by General Secretary
of Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan Committee, prominent Punjab & Haryana
High Court Advocate Mr. Anil Lam Dharia, and Vice president
Shanti Ram and many other team members. A meeting was held in
the conference hall. Baba Saheb’s portrait was garlanded
and till 10.30 Pm there was an animated discussed mostly on
legal provisions, govt’s apathy, Supreme Court’s
case, SKA’s counter response and the influence of Parviartan
Yatra on various stakeholders. Members of the SKA team from
different states also shared their experiences. Saying they
are with SKA since 2004, they assured the gathering that they
would continue their solidarity to reach the goal. Accommodation,
dinner and next day’s breakfast were hosted by Ambedkar
Bhavan committee. Posted on October 20, 2010
Meeting in Dibrugarh, Flagging off the Birsa Munda Marg
in Dibrugarh, Rally in Behala Chowrasta,Kolkota
7th October: The Birsa Munda Marga- Samajik Parivarthan
Yatra, started in Dibrugarh, Assam on 7th October at 3
p.m. The route is named after Birsa Munda, a tribal (adhivasi)
leader and a folk hero from Bihar and Jarkhand region
and an important figure in the history of human rights
movement before independence. More than 200 people assembled
at Ambedkar School. Mr.Pratap Basfor explained the importance
of Samajik Parivartan Yatra and its role in bringing about
a social change and liberation of safari karmacharis.
The safai karmacharis talked about their liberation struggle
and the ill-treatment they still suffer in the Municipality
and the gram panchayats. As the SKs were sharing about
their liberation and struggles, the whole crowd went silent.
Then many people sang songs and shared poems about the
issue. Mr. Deepak Valmiki, Gen. Secy SC District Committee
flagged off the Yatra. The local community expressed their
gratitude to the Yatris for including Dibrugarh in this
land mark event of Socail Change. The Yatri then left
for Guwahati in the morning at 9 a.m.
Since it was difficult to travel to the nearby districts
in Assam due to the terrain, many people from the nearby
districts like Johrat, Naogaon, Bogaigaon and Sibsagar
came in jeeps and buses and took part in the meeting in
Guwahati. The meeting took place in “Satyanath Bora
Bhavan”,Guwahati. About 100 people participated
and shared their own experiences of humiliation and suffering
as members of safai karamachari commnity. The high point
of the meeting was when the women participants shared
their liberation struggle. They said they will not lie
low but will fight for the rights and dignity of the community.
ska core team member and Mr.Jaan Das , Vice-President
Central Committee, All Assam Anususitha Jati Sangram Samiti
and Deepak Valmiki paid tributes to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
and flagged off the Yatra to proceed to Kolkata and beyond.
The state SKA conveyor thanked everyone for their participation
Posted on October 20, 2010
Valmik Sabha USA, Yuba City (California)
celebrating Maharishi Valmik Ji's Pargat Utsav
at Veterns Hall, 1425 Circle Dr., Yuba City
on Sunday, October 24th, 2010)
more infoprmation or any question, please contact the numbers:
Prem Sondhi, President (530-751-3887), Gurpal Singh Chairman
Vinod Gill, Cashier (530-822-9587), Balbir Thaper, Vice Chairman
on October 6, 2010
BHAGWAN VALMIK’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
Guru Ravi Dass Sabha of New York is going to celebrate the Pargat
Utsav of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji in Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha New
York ( USA ) on October 11th, 2009 (Sunday). All are requested
to join us.
If any question, please contact the numbers:
SHRI GURU RAVI DASS TEMPLE 61-01 Broadway Woodside NY 11377
Phone Number 718 -898-8150 , Fax :- 718-898-7969
Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav
celebration in Yuba City (California)
Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav celebration
in Yuba City (California) on Sunday of October 18th, 2009
Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav
celebration in in Toronto (Canada)
Sabha, Toronto is going to celebrate the Pargat Utsav of Bhagwan
Valmiki Ji in Toronto on October 10th, 2009 (Saturday) in Bhagwan
Valmiki Temple , 2158-Codlin Cres. Etobicoke , Ontario . Honorable
Baba Pargat Nath Ji also coming to join the auspicious occasion.
For more information
Mr. Mangat Sahota, President, (905-678-0400),
Mr Sukhdev Thapar (Gen. Secretary: 647-213-2500),
to all on
Bhagwan Valmik’s Birth Anniversary
Bhagwan Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav
celebrationsin in Toronto (Canada)
Maharishi Valmiki Sabha, Toronto is going to celebrate the Pargat Utsav of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji in Toronto on October 25th, 2008 (Saturday) in Bhagwan Valmiki Temple , 2158-Codlin Cres. Etobicoke , Ontario . Honorable Baba Pargat Nath Ji also coming to join the auspicious occasion.
For more information please contact;
Mr. Mangat Sahota, President, (905-678-0400),
Mr Sukhdev Thapar (Gen. Secretary: 647-213-2500),
Posted on October 23, 2008
Guru Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav
celebrationsin Yuba City (California)
and Vallejo ( California)
Guru Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav celebrationsin Yuba City (California) on Sunday
of October 19th, 2008 and Vallejo ( California)on Sunday of October 26th, 2008.
If any question, please contact the numbers:
Prem Sondhi (530-751-3887), Balbir Singh (916-419-9526),
Gurpal Singh (916-388-9670), Dr. Gurjit Singh (925-321-0117),
Sodhi Nahar (707-704-5216), Shivtar Sidhu (707-656-5201 )
Posted on October 18, 2008
Jai Valmiki! Har Har Valmiki!!
Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Bhagwan Valmiki Pargat Day and pray that this year will bring happiness, betterment and unity in Valmikians living throughout the world.
Dev Anand Valmiki Advocate
Member, the British Pakistan Law Council
(Pakistan Valmik Sabha) Posted on October 18, 2008
Valmiki! Jai Valmiki!!
Dear All, Warm
Bhagwan Valmiki Temple Sabha Ontario (Canada) invites all friends and families to the annual auspicious celebration of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav on Saturday of October 25th, 2008 in Ontario (Canada). Baba Pargat Nath Ji from Rahimpur Dehra (Nakodar) Jalandhar, Punjab will be presiding over the ceremonies this year as he has done in the last two years. If any question, please contact the numbers for attending and supporting these celebrations.
numbers: (647)-213-2500 and (416)-674-2499 Sincere regards, Nasib S. Baalu (pp: Bhagwan Temple Committee) Posted on October 18, 2008
We are sharing some of the photographs taken during these days at Mohammadabad.
SCAVENGER GIRLS OF MOHAMMDABAD,
V. B. RAWAT
I have just returned from a long trip from Eastern Uttar-Pradesh. On 15th of August, this year, at Mohammdabad, we honored the two young girls from scavenger community who stood first in their board examinations of 10th and 12th. We had promised to give them a bicycle each if they score good marks. The two of them worked hard. To instigate the other girls and boys in the community to work harder, a meeting was organized with the parents of the girls and other elders from the community.
Social Development Foundation's local centre in Mohammdabad has become ray of hope for not only the scavenger and Dalit girls but also for the Muslims girls who come and learn sewing. A two days workshop in developing humanist leadership among Dalit youth was also organized in Mohammdabad.
We would like to thank each one of our individual donors who supported the cause of the Dalit girls and hope they would continue do so. I will be sending a detailed note to our friends soon on the outcome of our scholarship scheme. We are happy to inform you that apart from sewing, we have decided to start a computer learning programme at our centre and are in the process of getting another computer so that the girls can learn computer skills. Apart from that we also intend to start designing, jardoi work also.
The process has been difficult as this is really a constructing work and the community is appreciating it but individual donations are tough thing to collect. We will be releasing the list of individuals who donated last year and our expense sheet for the same.
This year we plan to provide scholarship to 15 girls & already 40 girls are learning sewing free of cost. Now as our computer centre will start functioning in next two months, we expect more enrollments for the same.