Harijan Sevak Sangh was relevant in 1932 to save the society from disintegration, it is relevant even today to strengthen social fiber by creating mutual trust between the different castes to have a society based on humanity. Harijan Sevak Sangh can also play a vital role to empower the young boys & girls particularly belonging to Scheduled caste by providing them vocational training, financial assistance, marketing network and technology input from the existing schemes initiated by the Govt. of India, a road map can be prepared to achieve this goal. Harijan Sevak Sangh is founded by Mahatma Gandhi, nourished by The Mahatma Gandhi,therefore, it has a great responsibility in establishing an egalitarian and democratic society and Nation as a whole.
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Welcome To Gandhi's Creation (i,e. Harijan Sevak Sangh)

THE All India Harijan Sevak Sangh is an independent national level non-profit voluntary Organisation with Branches in 26 States.

Historic background : It was founded in September, 1932 in the wake of Gandhijis Epic Fast at Yervada Jail, Pune, resulting in the historic Poona Pact. The immediate historical background dates back to the Second Round Table Conference in London in 1931 when Ghandiji opposed the segregation of the depressed classes (untouchables) of the Hindu community into a separate electoral group. Gandhiji saw in it a sinister device of the British government to create a split in the Hindu community in furtherance of its policy of divide and rule.

Despite Gandhijis strong opposition, the British government made a Communal Award in August, 1932 providing for separate electorate for the depressed classes. The then British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald rejected Gandhijis appeal for reconsideration of the decision

Choice of The Name Harijan

There was some controversy about the choice of the name Harijan. During his visit to Madras in December, 1933 when the Harijan leaders met Gandhiji and told him that they resented the word Harijan, Gandhiji replied to them as follows:

'You say that the Depressed Classes were not consulted. They consulted me. That is the point. I have visited all parts of India. Why are we called Harijans. I am asked why should they not have a better name. That is the generality of the feeling. For heavens sake do not call us coolies. They pleaded. At one time this word had a particular significance. A whole race was called by that name. If it was not now used it does not mean there has come about a change of heart. The offence to the ear has been removed. That is what the new name has achieved. It is not as I said. An untouchable pleaded with me not to be known by any expression of eternal reproach Depressed or suppressed which reminds them of slavery. He very rightly said I have no name to suggest, will you suggest? I asked. Then the man suggested Harijan. He quoted in support from Narasimha Mehta, the Gujarati poet, who had used this term in his works. I jumped at it. I knew also the Tamil saying Thikkatravanukku Deivamay Thunai. Is not paraphrase of Harijan? The outcastes are Gods chosen. That is what Harijan signifies as applied to suppressed classes.

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