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Shilakar , Dalitoddhar Movement in Garhwal

Shilpkar (Harijan) Empowerment in British Garhwal

British Administration in Garhwal -336
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History of British Rule/Administration over Kumaun and Garhwal (1815-1947) -356
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History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -1191
By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)
Mahatma Gandhi attracted the attention for Harijan Empowerment or improving Harijan’ social conditions .In Garhwal, Shilpkar were under Harijan category (untouchable).. Arya Samaj came forward for empowering Shilpkar for getting their respectful status in Uttarakhand. Aryasamaj conducted a movement for Purification – that means those were forcefully converted into Muslim they could be converted into Hindu. In 1927, Aryasamaj conference decided to empower Shilpkar (Harijan) . Lala hansraj presided the conference and Mahmana Madan Mohan Malvitya , Lala Lajpat Ray attended the meet.
Arya Samaj brought Harijanoddhar Movement in Garhwal too. Araya Samaji activists convinced Shilpkar for tying Janeu (sacred thread). There was hue and cry among Brahmans and Rajpur communities for Shilpkar putting on Janeu. Upper caste people broke Janeu of Shilpkar as happened in Jaspur Mlla Dhangu, Pauri Garhwal.
There was harijanoddhar conference in dogadda where Guna Nand Juyal, Ramprasad Nautiyal attended the meet .,

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India,bjkukreti@gmail.com 13/6/2018
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -1192
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*** History of British Rule/Administration over British Garhwal (Pauri, Rudraprayag, and Chamoli1815-1947) to be continued in next chapter
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(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)

History of British Garhwal, Education , Caste, History of Devalgarh Garhwal , ; History of Badhan Garhwal; Education , Caste History of Barasyun Garhwal; Education , Caste, History of Chandpur Garhwal; Education , Caste History of Chaundkot Garhwal; Education , Caste History of Gangasalan Garhwal; History of Mallasalan Garhwal; Education , Caste, History of Tallasalan Garhwal; Education , Caste History of Dashauli Garhwal; Education , Caste, History of Nagpur Garhwal; Society in British Garhwal. History of British Garhwal, History of Social Structure and Religious Faith in Chamoli Garhwal, History of Social Structure and Religious Faith of Pauri Garhwal , Education , Health, Social and Culture History of Rudraprayag Garhwal.

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