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Chamar Saint : Guru Ghasi Das

Guru Ghasidas
“An advocate of the Satnami sect in the early 18th century.”
Born on December 18,1756 in Girodpuri, Raipur(Chattisgarh) to Mahngu Das and Amrotin Devi.He was Chamar by caste though he was very brilliant but denied for education due to his low caste origin.When British compelled Peshwa to sign on the second treaty and looted immense wealth from Chhattisgarh and sent it to Britain.He underwent the exploitative experiences specific to Dalit & Adivasis by Zamindars & Upper Caste Hindus which made him aware also about caste dicrimination in society.He then rebelled against them but British wanted to keep Ghasidas this revolution between low castes but he understood without homogeneity Chhattisgarh can’t be organized.He started an intellectual war against capitalism and colonialism.By the third decade of 18th century Ghasi Das’s movement became so intense that British had to leave and desi-shashan was restored between 1830-50.Then he tried to parallelise d…
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