Give SC certificate or 1.5 lakh will turn Christians, warn Dhangars
AGRA: Leaders of the Dhangars - a caste of herders from Agra and nearby regions who were recognized in 1950 as Scheduled Caste - held a mahapanchayat in Agra on Sunday and declared that if they were not given SC certificates in a month's time, they would convert en masse to Christianity.
阿格拉市：丹格人（阿格拉及其附近地区的放牧人种姓，于1950年被认可为预留种姓）首领们 - 于星期天在阿格拉举行了长老会大聚会，並宣布，如果一个月之内不发给他们'预留种姓'证书，他们将集体转信仰，皈依基督教。
Senior leaders of the herders said the state government had done little for them. The community had received little help by way of education and employment, they had no pucca houses, and did not so much as have a certificate to show that they were an SC group.
Leaders of the community said that if the state government continued to neglect them, and if no certificate was granted to them in a month's time, showing them as SC, they would embrace Christianity.
Dhangars have a strong presence in the Braj region and across the state. Community leaders said about 1.5 lakh people could join the Christian fold if the caste certificates were not forthcoming.
More than 300 representatives of the herding community from across the state attended the mahapanchyat at Hariyali Vatika in Agra on Sunday.
Representatives from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura, Gokul, Vrindawan, Etah, Firozabad, Aligarh and Mainpuri discussed the issue of their identity and status. Members expressed their resentment that the state government had been so cavalier about matters that related to their welfare.
JP Dhangar, state president of the Dhangar Mahasabha (UP), told TOI that his community was among the most neglected in the state. He said the government had been unmoved by HC orders, and no caste certificate had been issued to them in six decades.
"The Dhangars were declared a Scheduled Caste in 1950. Since then, we have been waiting for our caste certificates, and have been unable to avail the benefits that SCs receive. The Allahabad high court and the National SC/ST Commission have asked the UP government to get our caste certificates made as soon as possible. The process is delayed despite that," Dhangar said.
JP Dhangar said the high court had asked the state government to issue caste certificates to the community on July 10, 2006. The SC/ST commission directed the government to issue caste certificates to the community twice, in 2008 and 2012, he said.
"We have taken out hundreds of cycle rallies and protests and demonstrations. No heed has been paid to our demands. The government now has one month, from December 28, 2014 to January 28, 2015. It we do not receive caste certificates, we will all convert to Christianity," JP Dhangar said.
“我们举行了数百次周期性的集会、抗议和示威。我们的要求没人理睬。从2014年12月28日至2015年1月28日，这个政府现在有一个月的时间。如果我们收不到种姓证书，我们将转皈基督教，” JP 丹格说。
Beena Dhangar, chairman of the Etmadpur Nagar Palika, who represented her area in the mahapanchyat, said those from her community contesting elections cannot take advantage of reserved seats.
"Tehsildars are not getting our caste certificates made. Not even a single Dhangar family in Braj Mandal has caste certificates for all its members. In some cases, only women were given the certificate. In some other cases, only men were given the certificate. Money is often demanded for making the SC certificate," Beena Dhangar said.
Bhupendra Kumar (Antwerp, Belgium)
Let them convert because. I dont know how being christian will solve thiss issue. There are many converted christians who are still using their SC / ST certificates.
Sitanshu Pandey (Banana Republic)
Great! All the SC/STs should convert to Christianity and reservation for SC/ST should be abolished! Problems solved for everyone!
Rajeev S (Jhumri Talaiyya)
If they don't get SC certificates, they will accept bribe from Christian missionaries...Now handle that...especially Indian media.
NSNS (New York)
Obviously someone has told them to convert and is luring them with money.
Let them do they can even become trans genders who cares
Tell them to chop their bamboo off and become Khusras
Yousuf (Bangalore, India)
Harsh Truth of being a Hindu low caste dalit in India
GreaterBharat (India) replies to Yousuf
The Harsh Truth of Conversion with Luring and Forcing...!.. time to close down all the Foreign Funded anti-nationals mafia...!
Why did Mayawati in her 4 terms as UP CM or MSY in his 4 rules did not issue them certificate, if they r SC since 1950?
Butel BolriyalaButel BolriyalaButel BolriyalaButel Bolriyala (Great India) replies to vnksk
One answer - Clerks want money. You can't imagine how helpless CMs/ Ministers, Secreteries are when Clerks smell some money to be made, if you haven't gone through it. I have.
一个答案 - 办事人员要钱。当办事人员嗅出可以弄些钱时，你无法想像首席部长/部长、秘书们是多么无法自制，要是你没经历过，我可经历过。