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Vaish yatra to enter Jharkhand

india Updated: Feb 24, 2009 01:01 IST
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The Vaish Swabhiman Chetna Yatra, which started from Bodhgaya, Bihar on February 5, will begin the Jharkhand leg of its countrywide tour from February 28.

Setting off from Deoghar, it’ll cover all the important towns of the state — from Dumka in the east to Gumla in the west, culminating at Koderma on March 4.

Launched by the All India Vaish Federation, a national body of the Vaish caste, the yatra aims at uniting the community and thereby, contributing to social progress and national uplift.

The Jharkhand leg will be flagged off by Girish Kumar Sanghi, member, Rajya Sabha, and president of the federation.

The yatra has already covered 46 cities and towns in Bihar over 11 days.

Sanghi lamented that the Vaish community was being fragmented into numerous sub-castes.

“Through this yatra we intend to create an integrated Vaish Samaj having more productive force, and to reverse the practice of clamouring for Other Backward Classes and other kinds of reservations,” Sanghi said.

“We want to instill a mentality that believes in hard work and reward for merit.”