The streets of Delhi from Ambedkar Bhawan to Ramlila Maidan turn to blue with Dalits. The 15th century Ravidas Mandir in Tughlaqabad was demolished on 10th August by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on the orders of the Supreme Court. After the demolition, thousands of Dalits marched from Ambedkar Bhawan in Jhandewalan to the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi to protest against the demolition. The DDA claimed that the Ravidas Mandir was built on illegal land which is why the temple had to be destroyed.
The Dalit protestors are demanding the temple be rebuilt on the original place. The issue led to many political parties and supporters coming out to speak against such actions of the Supreme Court. Numerous Dalits came from the States of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and many others to demand justice.
Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said "I am here as a representative of the community and not as a Delhi minister or politician. We respect the Supreme Court order, but the government should answer why only temples of the Dalit community and statues of BR Ambedkar are being demolished across the country?"
Hansraj Raj who travelled to Delhi from Punjab’s Jalandhar, asked, “How is our demand different from that for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya? If that is so important for a particular community, this is important for us.”
The Ravidas Mandir was in the 15th century where the site was given to the construction by the Delhi emperor, Sikander Lodhi. Guru Ravidas is said to have spent three days in that place. There are three samadhis in the region along with the temple. A school was later built in the premises as well.
The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal informed the Delhi protestors that he had nothing to do with the demolition of the Ravidas Mandir. He tweeted this after, Mayawati claimed the demolition was due to the clash between AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and the Government.
मायावती जी, मंदिर के गिराए जाने से हम सब लोग बेहद व्यथित हैं। इसका सख़्त विरोध करते हैं— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 14, 2019
मुझे दुःख है कि आप केंद्र के साथ इसके लिए हमें दोषी मानती हैं। दिल्ली में “ज़मीन” केंद्र सरकार के अधीन आती है। हमारी सरकार का इस मंदिर के गिराए जाने में कोई हाथ नहीं। https://t.co/6OZvpvuq4b