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Hindus Vow to End Caste Divide

Thousands of Hindus present at the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Conference’ initiated by Sri Sri Ravishankar took a pledge to end the evil caste system. People from different walks of the Hindu society gathered at an open air theatre in Pragati Maidan on Friday evening and took a vow to fight against monstrous practices like denying entry to Dalits into Hindu temples and the practice of keeping separate utensils for the use of Dalits in eateries. Speaking on the occasion Sri Sri Ravishankar said "The anger of the past should not engulf us and divide the country. The fear and communication gap between communities is what is keeping us apart. We must accept the reality and reconcile the differences.”"What we have started today will resonate across the country and unite the people. When leaders come together and take a vow, the people will follow them," he added. "My main concern is how to bring people together."The idea of banishing the practice which existed for t…

On Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Truth and Reconciliation Conference of Dalits and Caste Hindus

The ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ initiative of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was ignored by the Indian media as they were preoccupied by the fat Indian wedding of Hurley and Nayar or they thought it as another impossible mission by a spiritual teacher which didn’t deserve precious space meant for gossip and sleaze. But Gautam Siddharth of Daily Pioneer feels Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mission isn’t impossible.Excerpts from a highly thought provoking articleIt would be easy to dismiss Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Truth and Reconciliation Conference of Dalits and Caste Hindus held in Delhi's Pragati Maidan on Friday as a fluffy or wooly-headed enterprise of a spiritual teacher, who naively holds on to certain unlivable or unworkable ideals in the cynical times that we live in. …even if the attempt of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to bring all castes and their representatives on a single platform to discuss reconciliation appears too fantastical, in the sense that it will be difficult to take such a message f…