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Posted on
September 1, 2011


The Bhagwan Valmik community celebrated Dr Ambedkar's 120th birth anniversary in Tracy (California)


An 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.

Valmiki 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

Samajik Parivartan Yatra, Reception to Bus Yatris, Viswa Yuvak Kendra,
Chanakya Puri, New Delhi Sunday, 31st October,2010
Programme Outline

4.00PM – 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

Note: Our special invitees are requested to do the honour of receiving the yatris on arrival at 4PM at Viswa Yuva Kendra.

Samajik Parivartan Yatra, Public Meeting, Mavlankar Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi
Monday, 1st November 2010 at 11AM to 2.00PM

Programme Outline

Participants: 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 Photo
Paying tribute to late S.R.Sankaran IAS Retd, Chairman Safai Kamachari Andolan (Observe 2 mts silence)
Welcome speech
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
Posted on October 30, 201


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 Safai Karmecharis.

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 30 days.

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

From Ludhiana : Bassi Pathana Town- Fathegar sagar dt: 7th October- 2010

Meeting in Chandigarh, Procession in Ambala, Usha Ramanathan garlanding cultural activist

A 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.

10 CDs on Baba Saheb and his writings were distributed by the judge to all the yatris.

SK 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.

SKs 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.

The 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!

Mediapersons 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.

Liberated Safai karmachari women- now in leadership: Yatris Proceeded to Kurali Tehsil, Mohali dt: Meeting started with Sraddhanjali to Sankaran

6 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.

At the meeting, there was a discussion on Manual scavenging prevention Act -1993, Govt policies and rehabilitation provisions.

General 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 women.

He 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.

Ms. 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 Mohalla Committee.


The 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.

8th Oct
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.

Dr.Y.Moses 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 and co-operation.
Posted on October 20, 2010

Maharish 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)

For more infoprmation or any question, please contact the numbers:
Prem Sondhi, President (530-751-3887), Gurpal Singh Chairman (916-388-9670),
Vinod Gill, Cashier (530-822-9587), Balbir Thaper, Vice Chairman (916-607-4650)

Posted on October 6, 2010


Shri 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:

61-01 Broadway Woodside NY 11377
Phone Number 718 -898-8150 , Fax :- 718-898-7969

Maharishi Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav
celebration in Yuba City (California)

Maharishi Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav celebration
in Yuba City (California) on Sunday of October 18th, 2009

If any question, please contact the numbers:

Prem Sondhi (530-751-3887), Gurpal Singh (916-388-9670),
Vinod Gill (530-822-9587), Balbir Thaper (916-607-4650)

Posted on October 17, 2009

Bhagwan Valmik Ji Maharaj Pargat Utsav
celebration in in Toronto (Canada)

Maharishi Valmiki 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 please contact;
Mr. Mangat Sahota, President,  (905-678-0400),
Mr Sukhdev Thapar (Gen. Secretary: 647-213-2500),
Temple- 416-674-2499.

congratulations 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),
Temple- 416-674-2499.

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 Jai Valmiki! Har Har Valmiki!!

Dear Valmikians,

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

Jai Valmiki! Jai Valmiki!!
Dear All, Warm Wishes!

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.

Contact 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.



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.


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