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'Proud of Who I Am': Dalit Man Names His Home 'Chamar Bhawan', Viral Video is Winning Hearts Online

A Dalit man has become and inspiration for many after he named his home 'Chamar Bhawan' | Image credit: Twitter

A Dalit man has become and inspiration for many after he named his home 'Chamar Bhawan' | Image credit: Twitter

In the virakl video, Sarvhit Pal Chamar can be seen explaining why he had decided to be proud of his caste identity and not be ashamed of it.

A Dalit man by the name of Sarvhit Pal Chamar is becoming an inspiration for thousands on Twitter after a video in which he describes why he named his home "Chamar Bhawan" surfaced on social media.

In the two minutes, eleven seconds long video, the man can be seen explaining why he had decided to be proud of his caste identity and not be ashamed of it.

Sharvhit has named his house 'Chamar Bhawan' and his son has named made 'Chamar Bhavan' the name of their wifi as well. Speaking about why he chose that name, the man said that just like persons from all other religions and castes such as Sikh, Muslim, Brahmin, and Jaats among others were respected in the community and are proud of their caste and religious identities, Chamars should also be proud of their name.

Due to caste discrimination, the word 'Chamar' has for centuries been used by members of the upper caste to denigrate the community, so much so that today it amounts to a slur among several sections of society. But Sarvhit wants to change that.

In the video, he urges those with Chamar surname to embrace their caste identity and be proud of it. When asked what his thoughts were on displaying his surname on his home's facade, Sarvhit said that he that was his name and identity was his source of strength and that he was proud of it.

He went on to give an example of what the word Chamar could alternately mean in English.

"C is for Creative, H is for Honest, A is for Attractive, M is for Mastermind and R is for Responsible," Sarvhit said, adding that these were the very qualities the embodied the mystic poet Sant Ravi Das.

The heartwarming video of the middle-aged man is going viral on Twitter with several netizens praising the man for attempting to reverse years of injustice by reclaiming his own name.

Some even mentioned how the video helped explain - and in turn end - the prejudice against the Chamar community. In fact, using the word Chamar in a derogatory fashion can land one in prison. Using caste and ethnicity-based slurs is a punishable offense under the IPC.

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