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In response to your cover story on Conversion Ceremony at Sindkhed Raja (MG, 16-28 Feb. 05 )‚ Syed Shahabuddin and I. S. Shukla have responded in altogether two different ways. To comprehend fully the implications of Shivdharm in the social/religious life of Maharashtra and also to know the background causes which gave rise to the Shivdharm movement‚ one has to study in depth the social‚ religious and political history of the state which has produced giants like Shivaji‚ Mahatma Phule‚ Shahu Maharaj‚ Dr. Ambedkar etc. And to understand their contribution to the anti-Brahmin movement‚ one is required to spend time in Maharashtra and study the social and religious history of the state. This further requires mastery over Marathi. Syed Shahabuddin is a man in hurry and a skeptic. Without being qualified to comment on such a sensitive issuer‚ he has unnecessarily raised doubts and drew in haste wrong conclusions and served the purpose of Brahmanism. 

The conversion of 250‚000 people is a small number (in fact 2.1 million have renounced Hinduism). Assuming the true figure is 250‚000, can he cite any similar incident? He further says that since such anti-Brahmin movements have limited impact, therefore the national press has not taken notice of this event. If such is Syed Saheb’s perception of the so-called national press‚ then one can only have pity on him! I earnestly request him not to poke his nose by suggesting what Mr. Purshottam Khedekar should do and should not do. If he really wants to know the ground realities‚ then let him come to Maharashtra‚ learn Marathi‚ study social/religious history and then only he can advise from the comforts of Abul Fazal Enclave. 

Mr. I.K.Shukla has fully grasped the meaning of this great event. But his remark "that Shivaji's name irks him" is unwarranted. In the literature of Shivdharm, Dr. A.H.Salunke has explained that the word ' Shiv' in Indian ethos means something higher‚ grand... Of course‚ Shivaji and his mother Jijao occupy a unique position in Shivadharm but the word 'Shiv' is not related to Shivdharm. 

Syed S.Ghaziuddin Advocate, Solapur


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