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Maharaja Agrasen was known to be the legendary king of Agroha and also the founder of Agrahari as well as the Agrawal communities in India

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October 1, 2016: Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maharaja Agrasen and this renowned event is observed every year on October 1 by the Agrahari and Agrawal sects of the Hindu community.

Legends has it that, Maharaja Agrasen was known to be the legendary king of Agroha and also the founder of Agrahari as well as the Agrawal communities in India. He is known to be the forefather of this community and therefore the festival is celebrated with full gaiety and devotion in the honour him.

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According to the Hindu Calendar, Agrasen Jayanti is observed on the ‘Ekam’ (1st day) of the Shukla Paksha (the period of the bright fortnight of Moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’. However, this date falls between the months of September to October in the Gregorian Calendar.

During his time as a King, Maharaja was looked upon with great respect by the people of his Kingdom. Agrasen Jayanti is celebrated with immense zeal across India, especially in the northern states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, that are dominated by Agrawal, Agrahari as well as Jain communities.

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the country on the occasion of Agrasen Jayanti. “Greetings on Agrasen Jayanti. We are all inspired by the life and ideals of the greatly respected Maharaja Agrasen,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

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Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

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Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean