Upper caste Hindus plundered the dignity and opportunity of Dalit.So PVCHR fired up reconciliation movement to wash the feet of Musahar in Anei village in 2008.
Varanasi, January 23 Can a warm bear hug unite the globe divided by cast, creed and money? A young Korean quintet seems to believe just that.
Meet Kang Dong Hun, Jeon Chul Min, Hyeonjin Cho, Hodong Lim and Subin Lee, students of Gwangju University in Korea, on a mission to “unite mankind”. In Varanasi from January 18 to 22, the group invited everyone from BHU students, boatmen, priests to musahars for a hug-fest in Anayi village. “In a society divided by caste, creed, colour and money, hugs give a sense of freedom. This is the message we are spreading in Varanasi, a city which Mark Twain proclaimed ‘older than history’. I know people laugh at us but we have successfully sown a seed of hope among the tourists, students and villagers,” said group leader Hun.
A local NGO, People Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, played host to the students. “In Anayi, children from the upper and lower castes forgot their differences and played a Korean game together,” the NGO’s founding director Lenin Raguvanshi said.
“Ages ago boatman Kewat washed the feet of his friend Lord Ram. The Koreans replicated it by washing the feet of ostracised musahars in Anayi,” he added. “We believe they are all part of our family. Uniting the world into a big warm family is the sole mission of the Free Hugs movement,” said Hun.
The Korean quintet left for Agra on Wednesday to spread the message at the Taj Mahal. JNU in New Delhi is their next stop.
HI OPOM — Hi, the other part of me — is the slogan of the movement started in 2001 by Juan Mann in Sydney to reach out and hug a stranger.