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Satnamis Protest

  • 14 Jun 2024
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Source: TH

Recently, a large mob from the Satnami community in Chhattisgarh’s Baloda Bazar district attacked the Superintendence of Police (SP) office, over the alleged desecration of a 'jaitkhamb' (victory pillar, a sacred structure for the Satnami community).

Satnami Community:

  • It is the largest Scheduled Caste (SC) community, including peasants, artisans, and untouchables in Chhattisgarh.
  • It was founded by Guru Ghasidas, a 19th-century saint, who preached monotheism, believing in one God called Satnam "Truthful Name" and social equality.

  • They've faced challenges in securing land rights, obtaining fair employment opportunities, and accessing education and healthcare encountered social prejudice and haven't had a strong voice in government.
  • The Chhattisgarh government renamed a section of the Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve to Guru Ghasidas National Park in his honour.

Read more:  Protests in Chhattisgarh

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