What is the Dalit Protest in Delhi All About?
“Mandir wahi banayenge!” Same slogan, but this one is not from Ayodhya and and not for the Ram Mandir either.
This slogan was raised at a protest in Delhi, over the demolition of Ravidas Mandir in the Tughlakabad forest area earlier in August 2019.
Our listeners from Delhi will know the size of the Dalit march which took place on Wednesday evening, 22 August as protesters moved from Ramlila Maidan to Tughlaqabad. But for those who aren’t in the loop, in this episode of “The Big Story,” we talk about this Dalit protest which spilled over from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh into the streets of Delhi. The protests took place over the demolition of a temple of Sant Ravidas, who is revered by the Dalit community.
Why was Sant Ravidas’ temple demolished? What are the protesters demanding and most importantly what are the political implications of this protest? Tune in to “The Big Story” for more!
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