Modi’s proposer Dom Raja Dies

Modi’s proposer Dom Raja Dies

Varanasi: The chief of Dom community (cremator) Jagadish Chowdhary, regarded as ‘Dom Raja’ passed away after a prolonged illness on Tuesday. He was 55.

Chowdhary was one of the four proposers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha election from Varanasi seat. The community members and local resident started gathering at his house at Tripura Bhairavi Ghat on the bank of Ganga to pay homage.

Soon after the news of his demise Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident. He tweeted in Hindi, ”Extremely saddened by the demise of Dom Raja Jagdish Chaudhary of Varanasi. He settled in the culture of Kashi and was the conductor of the Sanatan tradition there. He worked for social harmony throughout his life. May God give peace to his soul and give the family the strength to bear this suffering.”

Modi’s proposer Dom Raja Dies

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too condoled the death of the Dom Raja and called it a major loss.

Modi’s proposer Dom Raja Dies

There are around 600 doms performing at Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat, and over 5,000 members in the community including women and children. They look after the affairs of both the cremation ghats in the city. Due to the big size of the family, a member can get work once in a week or 10 days. Legend says that king Harishchandra had sold himself to Kallu Dom in Varanasi and worked as his helper at the cremation ghat.

Modi’s proposer Dom Raja Dies

Despite being an important section of the Hindu society for cremation, they are pushed to the margins of mainstream society facing stigma. After PM’s nomination filing on April 26, 2019, Chowdhary had said that for the first time he and his community had been recognized by a political leader.

In December 2019, Chowdhary was invited as the chief guest in a function organized at Panchganga Ghat for the title song release of the title song of Kashi Ghat Walk, an initiative taken by a neurologist at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Prof. Vijay Nath Mishra. He said that the Dom Raja gladly accepted the invitation and took part in the function.

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