Report in the Hindu Jains Included in SC Category
that : âThe Central government's reported move to give Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims wi...
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November 5, 2007 To, The Editor, The Hindu, Your Special correspondent correspondent from Kochi in his report published published in The Hindu dated dated 05/11/2007 mentions quoting Vijay Sonkar Sastri, president of the All-India Scheduled Caste Reservation Protection Forum.” that : “The Central government’s reported move to give Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims will deprive current SCs ( among Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Budhists) of their job and education quotas...” I take a strong exception to such clubbing of Jains among the Dalits.To club together among the “current SCs” Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists” Buddhists” Jains is not only misleading but false factually because while there may be SC converts among Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists there cannot a single case of a Jain and that t oo a Dalit converting to Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist faith for the simple reason that there are no Dalit Jains : the question of any Jain trying to convert himself/herself himself/herself to a respectable faith to escape the stigma of being a Dalit does not arise. It is also to be noted that while Dalits are non-vegetarians non-vegetarians and vegetarian is not strictly followed among the Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists for the Jains ahimsa –vegetarianism is the sine qua non of their religious faith. There is no casteism among Jains. Jains. As a matter of fact Mahavira the last Tirthankara of Jains declared that ि ि | ि Ö Ö |||| One does not become a Sramana (a Jain monk)by tonsure tonsure (shaving of the head), nor a Brahman by (merely mechanically repeating) repeating) the sacred syllable aum, nor an Ascetic, by (merely) living in the woods, nor a Tapasa, by (wearing) garments of kusa-grass and bark.
à à ि à ि | à à à |||| à (From The Teachings of Lord Mahavir Translated into English By Prof. N.V. Vaidya) Threfore, I protest and take a strong exception exception to such clubbing clubbing of Jains among among the Dalits I request that that a correction and clarification be issued immediately. immediately. Yours faithfully,
Bal Patil Secretary-General, All-India Jain Minority Forum