At a time when conversions and caste politics are rife, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Member of Parliament Dr Dharmvira Gandhi is working to unite people in rural areas and his effort bore a fruit on Sunday with a dozen of panchyats passing resolutions to abolish caste-based cremation grounds in their respective villages.
More so, on the occasion, the Abheypur village panchyat demolished the walls of a cremation ground that had separated an upper castes’ cremation ground with the lower castes.
The ground for unification, however, was already prepared by village sarpanch Rachpal Singh.
Dr Gandhi had last week initiated this drive in view of widespread caste divide in villages of Punjab, where people have caste-based cremation grounds and gurdwaras.
Former sarpanch of Abheypur Gurdarsan Singh also joined Dr Gandhi in his effort and organiaed a mega event, which was attended by a dozen of panchayat heads of adjoining villages.
Quoting hymns from Gurbani, Dr Gandhi exhorted them to pass a resolution to end the caste-based cemeteries. He recounted the basic philosophy of the Sikhism that the Sikh Gurus stood by the poor, downtrodden and the working class irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and colour.
Dr Gandhi called upon village residents to come forward and break the barrier created by casteism to become a true torchbearer of the Sikhism. He called upon the panchayats to let there be one cremation ground, one community hall, one gym and one library for all to promote brotherhood and to build a cohesive and beautiful society, for which the grants would be provided immediately from his MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) fund.
Responding to his call, the panchayats of Abheypur, Kameli, Sakoha, Godaia, Doda, Alhoran, Dulladi, Dhingi, Gulwati, Jindalpur, Dhanouri, Chathe, Ghaniwal, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and Nohra villages came forward with their resolutions that in their villages there would be only one cremation ground for all, and also resolved to develop one gym, one community hall and one library on the same pattern.
Dr Gandhi promised them that the grants would be released to the panchayats shortly after completing the requisite procedures.