Saturday, September 15, 2012

S.R. HEER of Dera Sachkhand Ballan




I have been writing about the contemporary dalit heroes in my blog. Let me carry forward the series with yet another hero, Shri Sadhu Ram Heer, Former Chief Engineer and Head of Jalandhar Doordarshan and currently Chief Aide of the Dera Sachkhand Ballan. I heard about Heer Sahib but as of now did not have the chance to meet and know him. It should not be an obstacle and would like to write and recognize him. The immediate provocation to do so was the 53rd anniversary of Doordarshan which was observed yesterday September 14 with a poetic symposium ( Kavi-Darbar) on DD Jalandhar at which S.R. Heer was the Chief Guest. I could learn more about Heer Sahib from the introduction given by the Master of Ceremonies and also the speech of the Director of DD Jalandhar. Both of them spoke highly of S.R. Heer and informed that his contribution to DD, not only in Amritsar and Jalandhar in the initial years of its operations but also its overall performance and success, was immense and appreciable. S.R. Heer was a pillar of strength of DD Jalandhar in making it number one station. It was duly recognized by the Government and rewarded. Heer Sahib spoke with conviction in his brief but impressive speech and said that the original mandate of DD was to ‘educate, inform and entertain’ which was the correct agenda and vision of the national TV network in spite of increasing commercialization and competition from the private TV channels. I did not know much about Heer Sahib till the Kabi-Darbar of September 14. The stock of S.R. Heer in my mind and estimation has gone up. I salute him as the worthy son of India and hero of the community.

I am told that S.R. Heer is a simple man of spiritual orientation. His post retirement association and engagement with Dera Schkhand Ballan and its activities is well established and recognized. I understand Heer Sahib is the main spokesman and the chief aide of the Dera and various trusts and other socio-religious and educational outfits run and managed by the Dera. As such, Dera being the hub of soico-religious upliftment of the community at large, contribution of Heer Sahib is praiseworthy and shall be commended.

 I take this opportunity to wish Heer Sahib good health and further success and prosperity.

15 comments:

  1. Sir, it is a wonderful effort to give recognition to Heer Saheb as a gem of dalit community.
    Surender

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  2. Sir ye dharm, babba, guru, dera, bhakti ye sab chhod do. Brahmano ke jis system ko jad se mitana hai, aap log phir se nayi priestly kaum paida karte jaa rahe hain. Why don't you advocate free, independent thinking. Kyun aap logon ko kisi guru ka sahara chahiye? menu kuj samajh nai aunda. Ae babbaon de dere aappas wich lad de hain, Ae punjab de dalitan nu baatne da kamm karde hain, ae changa nahi hai saddi kaum waaste.

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    1. Jasbir Singh from HaryanaOctober 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Anonymous Bhai, phir kahan jayen? Kya Sikh ban jaye, buddhist ban jayen, ya phir muslim ya christian ban jayen? Aap log sirf or sirf problems jaantae hain, solutions aapkae paas kuch bhi nahin. Jo deras aapis main lartaein haiun, unka khatma waqt kar deta hai. Aur woh hum aaj dekh bhi rahein hain. Harek insaan androoni taur par wahan jurta hai, jahan ussae lagta hai ki uska ya uski aanae waali generations ka kuch banega. Aur aisa institution dera ballan hai.

      Sivae Ravidassia Dharam kae, jiska prachar yahan Hariana mein khoob hua hai, aaj tak hamein koi sahara nahin mila, koi umeed nahin milli. Apnae aap ko daliton ka sahara kehnae waale doosre dharam sirf baton baton mein hi pahar banatae rahe hain. Kitni daer tak yeh log Babasahib kae naam par logon ko gumrah kartein rahenge. Ramesh Babu ji nae bilkul theek kaha hai ki aapki understanding kam hai.

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  3. thanks surender. we shall recognise talent in the community.

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  4. thanks my dear anonymous. i think your assessment is not based on good understanding though you seem to be a well meaning person. i stand exactly opposite what you think and said. if you read my earlier blogs, you may find the flavour. i am no follower of any dera or guru as such. i am interested in well being of the community and success in finding a due space in the society at large. i am an 'advocate of free and independent thinking' as you in your comments.i deal with gurus and sants accordingly. they, i understand, know this. but i cannot allow myself to be aloof and not appreciating the talent and position others occupy. i think it is only way forward.

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  5. Though, education has been pronounced as Fundamental Right in this country but it remains a mere pronouncement in view of lack of infrastructure and intellectual concern. This passive attitude of governing class has become a stumbling block in creating purposeful environment for meaningful enjoyment of the said Right. Pursuit of basic education has become elite centric in this country. Lack of concern on the part of governments to create conducive infrastructure and prime concern of profit and estate building by the private players engaged in this field, has render primary education in disgusting lurch. The ruling elite in this country very well know that if depressed classes have made some progress in this nation, it is only on the basis of education, and now the state is also pulling its back from its prime responsibility and pushing these classes again in the dark ages. There is a serious danger in coming times.

    If Babas and Deras are able to open, run and manage some primary and middle level schools managed by competent, motivated and well educated professional teachers where people from all section of society are eager to admit their wards, would be an endeavor to which the whole community would remain indebted to them. This initiative could expedite the pace of change and with passage of time depressed classes students would shine like sparkling stars and would not only occupy most of the positions but also pave way to make this nation as BEGAMPURA as envisioned by great GURU Ravidass in 15th Century.

    Rajinder Kashyap
    New Delhi

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  6. thanks rajinder. you are right. education is the right answer for the empowerment of the wealer sections of the socity. my little association with swami gurdip giri is basically for educational purpose. he is doing some good work in this regard in jammu and pathankot. infact, he has invited me for a meeting this week end to pathankot for discussing a college project which he is planning to do in pathankot. let us see. i will do my best.

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    1. Please convince him to open English medium Primary Schools with good, competent and missionary teachers rather than a college.

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  7. I find your blog very informative. One never gets to read of such Dalit leaders in any magazine/newspaper.

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    1. thanks ashwini. we need to know and appreciate our heroes.

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  8. That was a wonderful Blog Shri Ramesh Chander Ji about Mr. Heer. It is great that premium channel of our country has been brought to its original glory through the efforts of one of our own. Mr. Heer's association with this religious institution Dera Ballan further proves that he is endorsing those who want to do something for the community. Even though I haven't met him before, except through your blog, I would love to meet him and visit this dera which I heard about in news in our MP area and through some dalit sammelans, when a dalit leader was killed in Punjab. It is great that finally our intelligentsia including you are devoting their time to the community.

    I believe that all our retired bureaucrats must devote some of their time back to community rather than leading ungrateful lives. This not only keeps faculties intact, it also gives them a chance to payback to the community, which we need urgently. Kudos to you Mr. Chander.

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    1. thanks dear. i will do my best. hope shri heer and the dera balan take note of your comments.

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