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22nd November in Dalit History – B’day of Jalkari Bai

Jalkari Bai was born on 22nd November 1830 in village Bhojalla on Balaji Marg. His father was Sadova Singh and mother named Dhania but some authors say her father was named as Mool Chand & mother Jamuna Devi. They were agriculturists, belonging to Kori Caste of Untouchables having  Laria Gotar.  Kori Caste has a glorious history and Kories are said to have been rulers of this country . Shamba Asur  Maharaj  was a Kori ruler as also revered  Yashodhara wife of Gotam Budha was too from Kori Caste. How this so warrior and prosperous Kori peoples were reduced to a unknown position is a mystery. Jalkari Bai also nicknamed as Chaloria was the only child of her parents and she lost her mother at a very young age. So she was brought up by her father with utmost care, love and affection. Jalkari Bai grew into a strong, courageous, beautiful girl.
She was an Indian woman soldier who played an important role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 during the battle of Jhansi. She was a soldier in the women’s army of Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi.

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Why Dr. Ambedkar renounced Hinduism?

Dr. Ambedkar‘s role as a prominent constitution maker of India is quite well known. However, his views on religion, particularly his reasons for renouncing Hinduism, the religion of his birth, are not as widely known. Ambedkar who was born in an “untouchable” family carried on a relentless battle against untouchability throughout his adult life. In the last part of his life, he renounced Hinduism and became a Buddhist. What were his reasons for doing so?

A detailed answer to this question can be obtained by studying his The Buddha and His Dhamma, Annihilation of Caste, Philosophy of Hinduism, Riddles in Hinduism etc. Nonetheless, some of his articles, speeches and interviews before and after his conversion to Buddhism throw some light on this question.

Ambedkar’s statement in 1935 at Yeola Conference is quite instructive in this regard. Ambedkar believed that the untouchables occupied a “weak and lowly status” only because they were a part of the Hindu society. When attempts to gain equal status and “ordinary rights as human beings” within the Hindu society started failing, Ambedkar thought it was essential to embrace a religion which will give “equal status, equal rights and fair treatment” to untouchables. He clearly said to his supporters “select only that religion in which you will get equal status, equal opportunity and equal treatment…”

Evidently, after a comparative study of different religions, Ambedkar concluded that Buddhism was the best religion from this point of view.

In his article “Buddha and the Future of his Religion” published in 1950 in the Mahabodhi Society Journal, Ambedkar has summarized his views on religion and on Buddhism in the following manner:

1. The society must have either the sanction of law or the sanction of morality to hold it

together. Without either, the society is sure to go to pieces. 2. Religion, if it is to survive, it must be in consonance with reason, which is another name for science.

3. It is not enough for religion to consist of moral code, but its moral code must recognize the fundamental tenets of liberty, equality and fraternity.

4. Religion must not sanctify or make a virtue out of poverty.

According to Ambedkar, Buddhism fulfilled these requirements and so among the existing religions it was the only suitable religion for the world. He felt that the propagation of Buddhism needed a Bible. Apparently, Ambedkar wrote The Buddha and his Dhamma to fulfill this need.

Caste system

In the same article, Ambedkar has enumerated the evils of Hinduism in the following manner:

1. It has deprived moral life of freedom.

2. It has only emphasized conformity to commands.

3. The laws are unjust because they are not the same for one class as of another. Besides, the code is treated as final. Continue reading

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We did not go on to the stage, Neither were we called.

We did not go on to the stage,
Neither were we called.
We were shown our places,
told to sit.
But they, sitting on the stage,
went on telling us of our sorrows,
our sorrows remained ours, they never became theirs.

— Waharu Sonawane, A tribal poet.

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What Guru Kabir Said

Tell me, O Pandit, O religious scholar: since when have you been a Brahmin?
Don’t waste your life by continually claiming to be a Brahmin.
If you are indeed a Brahmin, born of a Brahmin mother,
then why didn’t you come by some other way?
How is it that you are a Brahmin, and I am of a low social status?
How is it that I am formed of blood, and you are made of milk?
- Guru Kabir (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 324)
Kabir on Brahmin

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Fooling Dalits, BJP and PM

He killed innocent Muslims,
He named Dalits ‘retarded’,
He projected manual scavenging as ‘spiritual experience’,
He snooped on his friend’s daughter,
He wants to hand over broom to Dalits again, #SwachhBharat
He fooled India with #AccheDin
He reduced budget for Dalits by 50%,
His party demolished Siddhartha Vihar (birthplace of Dalit Panthers)
His party doesn’t care about belongings of Dr. Ambedkar in Nagpur,
His party is shutting down facilities for Dalit students in Maharashtra,
He labeled Muslims as puppies and,
His team labeled Dalits as Dogs,
He supported #GharWapsi, killings,
He kept mum on innocents being lynched, church burning,
During his tenure, crime on Dalits increased,
He takes directions from terrorist organisations such as RSS,
He entered our kitchen and denied us our food,
He generated communal hatred, destroyed India.
what hurts the most is educated Dalits thanking him, posting his photos on facebook for inaugurating Dr. Ambedkar’s house in London as if all his sins were washed away by inaugurating Dr. Ambedkar’s house in London.
Maybe you can forget and forgive but I will never.
Justice at last!


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UK Dalits Condemn The Inauguration Of Dr Ambedkar House By Narendra Modi

Press Release: CasteWatchUK

Date: 14 November 2015

CasteWatchUK abhors Narendra Modi’s unveiling of statue of great Dalit icon Dr Ambedkar as cheap political posturing

Dalits (former untouchables) are the most marginalised groups in India who face daily atrocities at the hands of upper-caste Hindus. Number of atrocities have increased since the BJP came into power. According to statistics compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against Dalits rose to 47,064 in 2014 from 39,408 in 2013. In 2012 there were 33,655 crimes against Dalits, about the same as in 2011 of arson, murder and rape. The rate of such crimes against Dalits surpass the national average in many states.

CasteWatchUK condemns the cynical exploitation of this reality by Narendra Modi who today is unveiling statue of the great Dalit Icon Dr B.R.Ambedkar. This is seen as a ploy to garner support of Dalits numbering over 260 million people.

The BJP is the political arm of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) an openly Hindu supremacist organisation. The RSS also operates in the UK through its overseas wing the Hindu Swayamsevak Samaj (HSS) which is currently being investigated by the Charity Commission for hate speech against Christians and Muslims. The HSS however continues to operate along with other Hindutva organisations in the UK, who continue to oppose UK Equality legislation which aims to outlaw caste-based discrimination in Britain. This law is essential because the virus of caste has travelled to the UK and many Dalits face caste discrimination as highlighted by the UK Government’s own research. The UK based campaign for Equality led to the enactment of Equality Act 2010 , section 9(5) mandating the Minister of crown to prohibit caste-based discrimination. However, the UK Hindutva forces along with upper-caste Sikh leaders continue to campaign against the law’s implementation.

CasteWatchUK inspired by the teachings of the great Dalit icon Dr B.R.Ambedkar who championed Rights of the Dalits find it abhorrent that his memory is being used as a political tool by the Indian Prime Minister to try and confuse Dalits who are asserting their human rights in India and are also asserting the demand for equality in the UK.

At the Tory Party Conference this year, David Cameron declared that the Conservative Party wants to end discrimination and bring real equality in UK today ! Why then, we ask, is his government still dragging its feet and not implementing the provisions of section 9(5) of the Equality Act to prohibit Caste discrimination in UK. If David Cameron wants to bring an end to discrimination he should stop pandering to the upper-caste Hindu lobby, which is led by the HSS (the overseas wing of the paramilitary and fascist RSS). CasteWatchUK demands that David Cameron live up to his commitment to Equality and implement provision on section 9(5) of the Equality Act and stop pandering to the Hindu Fascist lobby. We are unhappy with David Cameron’s invitation to Narendra Modi and his support for the Indian Prime Minister’s outrageous act of hypocrisy in unveiling the statue of Dalit icon and great Indian leader Dr B.R.Ambedkar.

CasteWatchUK represents over 200,000 Dalit people who have made Britain their home.

Read also – How BJP is trying to fool Dalits over buying Dr. Ambedkar’s house in London.


Press Release: Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain

14 November 2015

Narendra Modi’s inauguration of Dr Ambedkar House in London is a an example of his continuing cynical political posturing

The Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain (DAMC) views the inauguration of Ambedkar House, London by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with utter aboherence.

Mr Tarsem Kaul, President of the Committee said: ‘It is the height of hypocrisy that Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi, is inaugurating Ambedkar House. Modi is a long-term organiser of the Hindu Supremacist paramilitary organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which models itself on the Nazi party, stands for upper caste Hindu power, and is a bye-word for attacks on Dalits and other oppressed castes’.

Dr Ambedkar stood for democracy, secularism , equality and justice and gave Indians a powerful constitution enshrining fundamental rights for its citizens. Narendra Modi’s party the BJP, and its sister organisations like the RSS are constantly infringing this constitution with their attacks on Dalit and minority rights .

The continuing escalation of atrocities on Dalits should be a cause for shame but Prime Minister Modi adopts silence instead of condemnation, and this has become his hallmark. The Dalits and oppressed castes in Bihar have seen through his cynical attempts to divide and rule and have decisively rejected him. This is why he is now attempting to save face and salvage his image with Dalits. This is not likely to happen since all we have seen from his party is anti-Dalit violence and certainly no Dalit-friendly development policies.

Dalits continue to live in extreme poverty, social degradation, deprivation and remain victims of caste violence, This was the case at the time of Dr Ambedkar and is the case in present times. Nothing much has changed in this respect. Dr Ambedkar lived and died for the cause of Dalits.

The Ambedkar Memorial Committee GB established in 1969 is the largest Ambedkarite organisation promoting the ideology and philosophy of Ambedkar in Britain and is not affiliated to the much smaller Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations (FABO) which has decided to associate Narendra Modi for reasons which have not been made clear to the Ambedkarite communities in UK.

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Buddhist Converts can claim Scheduled Caste Status

Government of India order. One doesn’t need to worry that after conversion he/she will lose reservation or other benefits.



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