Bits and Pieces – As I Please – 15
Khuralgarh Sahib – Guru Ravidass Memorials- With a lapse of more than three years, I visited Khuralgarh Sahib–Guru Ravidass Memorial of Charan Cho-Ganga at Garhshankar in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab on May 26 for a meeting of Schedule Caste Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum (SCEEF) of which I happen to be a “Margdarshak” which was hosted by Sant Satwinder Hira at the holy site of Guru Ravidass. I regret to say that I could not see much change in the not so happy situation as far as the progress and development of the memorial is concerned except a newly done approach road to the site.
It is easier said than done. I was informed that the new management under Sant Satwinder Singh Hira was fully seized of the matter and were gearing themselves to set the development of the site in motion. I personally witnessed that Sant Hira was fully engaged in meeting people, particularly the younger lot, with a view to see that the memorial of Guru Ravidass was developed as it should be. It was gratifying to note that an unending stream of faithfuls of all age groups from parts of Punjab and even from outside were barging in to pay their obeisance to the revered Guru. The spirit and sense of identity was clearly visible on the faces of these spontaneous visitors.
The area and the identified sites to be developed as memorials has a considerable potential to become a tourist trail with – the Charan-Cho-Ganga, Minar-e- Begumpura, Sute where Guru Ravidass was kept in Jail, Tourism Guest House and other related facilities. I would like to take this opportunity to urge the concerned Deras/Managements and both the Governments of Punjab and the Centre to pay added attention to give impetus to the development of the memorials of Guru Ravidass, an apostle of harmony and fraternity as a befitting tribute to the great Guru.
Wooing of Dalits by the Privileged Hindus – The socio-political paradigm of the country is changing fast and rightly so. The things have come full circle, it seems. The forces of democracy unleashed by icons like Guru Ravidass, Jyotiba Phule, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Babu Kanshi Ram, inter alia, contributed to the process as ‘Game Changers’. The principle of ‘one vote; one value’ has resulted in ‘Vote Banks’ which the political parties dare not ignore. Keeping these ground realities in mind, RSS,