Tathagat Ravan in Bahujan-Shraman tradition
Who was Ravan? Was he a Brahmin? If he was one, why is he considered a Rakshash (demon)? He is regarded as a foreigner in certain texts, whereas some ancient works say he is a Buddhist. Bahujan authors have also shared their thoughts. An analysis by Kanwal Bharti
Will not tolerate vilification of Mahishasur any more, declare Koiturs
The Koitur tribals of Chhattisgarh have once again presented a memorandum to the administration, demanding that those performing Durga Puja in their area should not insult their ancestors Mahishasur and Ravan. They have also warned of an agitation, if their demand is not met. Forward Press reports.
Tribals up in arms against Mahishasur's insult
The portrayal of Mahishasur’s slaying by Goddess Durga and burning of Ravan’s effigy on Dussehra is perceived by young tribals as an insult to their identity. They assert that they do not have any problems with Hindus worshiping Durga and Ram. However, they will not tolerate the portrayal of the killing of Asur Raj Mahishasur and burning of the effigies of King Ravan. Young tribals are once again readying to protest against the humiliation of Mahishasur. Forward Press reports:
फिर भड़का महिषासुर के अपमान का मुद्दा, विरोध में उतरे आदिवासी
दुर्गा द्वारा महिषासुर वध और दशहरे पर रावण के दहन को आदिवासी युवा अपनी अस्मिता का अपमान मानते हुए इस साल भी संगठित हो रहे हैं। उनका कहना है कि हिंदू अपने आदर्श दुर्गा और राम को पूजें, मगर असुरराज महिषासुर का वध और राजा रावण का दहन अब किसी भी कीमत पर हमें स्वीकार्य नहीं है। फॉरवर्ड प्रेस की रिपोर्ट :