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5th June in Dalit History – Dr. Ambedkar conferred with honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Columbia University


2nd June 1915: Dr. Ambedkar passed M.A. examination from Columbia University

Dr. Ambedkar passed M.A. examination from Columbia University (New York) with major in economics. The other subjects were sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology and politics.

Dr. Ambedkar

Dr. Ambedkar

5 June 1952: Dr. Ambedkar conferred with honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Columbia University.

Dr. Ambedkar was was to have received the degree at the hands of General Eisenhower, who was then President of the University. But due to cabinet responsibilities and later electioneering the General would not make the trip.

Check out – LL.D. Degree Certificate of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar from Columbia University

Earlier on night of 31 May, Dr. Ambedkar was felicitated at a dinner party at the Cricket Club of India, Bombay (presently Mumbai), by Dr. V.S. Patankar, Principal and K.V. Chitre, Registrar of the Siddharth College. Dr. Ambedkar left Bombay for New York by a T.W.A. flight on 1 June. A large gathering of his followers and admirers gave him a send-off at the Santa Cruz airport. On 5 June, the convocation was held. Columbia University conferred on six persons the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. While awarding him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, at its 198th commencement exercises. The University hailed Dr. Ambedkar “as a framer of the constitution, member of the cabinet and of the council of states, one of India’s leading citizens, a great social reformer and a valiant upholder of human rights”. He received the degree before a large crowd assembled to watch 6,848 graduates of Columbia’s 17 schools and colleges receiving their degrees.

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They tried to bury us but they didn’t know we were seeds!


After the ban on Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle IIT Madras, many other such study circles have come up at various colleges such as IIT Mumbai, TISS Bombay, IIT Delhi, JNU Delhi, and Jadavpur University.

You can’t suppress our voices!

Ambedkar Periyar Study  Circle

Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle

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What Brahmin Merit? In Punjab, with 98.92% marks, a Dalit girl secured 2nd position in class 10th!


Few weeks back, I wrote on What Merit? In Punjab, Class 12th, Dalit Girl got 7th position and a Muslim Girl became topper. Now, here is another on the same lines, Punjab School Education Board announced results for class 10th few days back. This time also, a Dalit girl named Nancy Bhadiyar, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Ghagwal, Hoshiarpur, secured second position with 98.92 per cent marks. It is a remarkable achievement and I congratulate her on her success.

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When toppers are from Dalit-Bahujan communities, what merit so called Brahmins and upper castes talk about all the time? Few years back, V. T. Rajshekar had said,

“all ruling classes built” a theory by suited to their needs and try to give a ‘scientific’ backing to it. Merit and efficiency is a pure Aryan invention, aimed at maintaining their monopoly”.

Check also – How Brahmins are enjoying reservation since ages – The History of Reservation in India.

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In New Jersey City, USA – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue, road named after Dr. Ambedkar [Photos]


The following photos are of the road named after Dr. Ambedkar in New Jersey City, USA. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection. Perhaps this is the first road outside India that is named after Dr. Ambedkar.

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

[Google Map] Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

[Google Map] Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Photos Credit – Sanghapali Aruna Lohitakshi

 

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In Bedford, UK – The first road outside India named after Shri Guru Ravidass Ji


This is perhaps the first road outside India named after Shri Guru Ravidass Ji. This road is leading to Shri Guru Ravidass Bhavan (worshiping place) in Bedford, UK. The dispute between the Guru Ravidass Community Center and the local council was resolved last week. Congratulations to the community leaders who successfully campaigned for the ownership of the road.

Check also – I, Ravidas, proclaim all Vedas are worthless

Guru Ravi Dass Lane, Bedford, UK

Guru Ravi Dass Lane, Bedford, UK

Guru Ravi Dass Lane, Bedford, UK

Guru Ravi Dass Lane, Bedford, UK

Guru Ravidas Lane, Bedford, UK (Google Maps)

Guru Ravidas Lane, Bedford, UK (Google Maps)

Photos credit and the news from Bedfordshire On Sunday 

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In BJP ruled Rajasthan – Jats crush 3 Dalits under tractors!


Another horrifying crime on Dalits was committed by upper caste Jats in Rajasthan where Jats did crush 3 Dalits under tractors and injured a dozen others. Upper castes people also molested Dalit women, did beat them and made them naked. This is such a horrible crime but no accuse has been arrested yet. Is this Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas definition of BJP? Crimes against Dalits are on rise under BJP government at center and in Rajasthan, what actions governments taking to curb these crimes? Till now BJP government has not done anything concrete to solve the problems faced by Dalits.

If we look at the statistics compiled by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, those stats indicate that every hour two Dalits are assaulted; every day three Dalit women are raped, two Dalits are murdered, and two Dalit homes are torched. These figures are not true representative of number of crimes done against Dalits as many a times police officials support upper castes people and they don’t register the case.  So many crimes go unreported. Hence, actual number of atrocities done on Dalits are much higher.

We must speak against all the crimes committed against Dalits.

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In BJP ruled Rajasthan – Jats crush 3 Dalits under tractors!

Read the complete news on TOI.

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The History of Reservation in India


Caste Based Reservation in India started in 2nd Century BC. In Manusmriti – the law book of Brahmins all the laws were based on Caste and no Merit was ever considered. It divided people into High and Low Castes on the basis of their birth and not on the basis of Merit. Wealth, Political power, Spiritual leadership, Education, Ownership of Land, Trade and all lucrative aspects were reserved purely to the higher castes.

The History of Reservation

The History of Reservation

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6th May in Dalit History – Death anniversary of Shahu Maharaj – A Bahujan Revolutionary


Sahuji Maharaj

Sahuji Maharaj

The Bahujan Samaj owes a deep debt of gratitude to the Bahujan Revolutionary CHHATRAPATI SHAHU MAHARAJ who was the ruler of Kolhapur state in Maharashtra from 1884 to 1922. He was born on 26/6/1874. Maharaj of Kolhapur wanted to exterminate the stifling and strangulating structures of caste system and untouchability which are the immoral institutions created by the brahminical class. By undertaking the responsibilities of the “Satya Sodhak Samaj movement” which was started by RASTRAPITHA JOTIBA PHULE, Shahu Maharaj toiled untiringly to uplift the Bahujan Samaj. He cautioned the Bahujan Samaj by showing the flagrant injustice happened to them by the despotic rule carried by the brahminical gluttons who seized hegemony in every sphere. Shahu Maharaj proposed communal representation and he viewed it as one of the weapon of liberation for the Bahujan Samaj. Writing to Lord Sydenham, Ex- Governor of Bombay in 1918, he said “the principle that majorities have no need of separate representation doesn’t hold good in a province where a selfish minority is likely to get the power, which is sure to be used to hold the majority (Bahujan Samaj) in perpetual vassalage.” Shahu Maharaj instigated many programs in order to liberate the Bahujan Samaj from the cloak of brahminical hegemony. The programs are as follows:

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Dr. Ambedkar said – Joining Congress will be Suicidal


Looking at the present situation, I will add few more parties and expand the list. Joining Congress, BJP, RSS, AAP and all Manuwadi parties is suicidal for Dalits.

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Dalit History Month – Remembering Jogendra Nath Mandal


Today in ‪‎Dalit History‬ we focus on the powerful legacy of freedom fighter Jogendra Nath Mandal. His crucial role in the founding of India and Pakistan came from his strategic position as the significant Namashudra leader of United Bengal.

As the Indian subcontinent was moving towards independence, Dr. B.R Ambedkar and the Congress Party of India clashed bitterly over the rights and representation of scheduled castes. Ambedkar was an unyielding critic of the Congress party’s positions on many issues, which he believed were not in the interest of the scheduled castes. Thus when members were being elected to the Indian Constituent Assembly, the Congress party in Bombay saw to it that Dr. Ambedkar was not elected. However, Jogendra Nath Mandal, who had been nominated from Jaisur and Kulna (undivided Bengal), sacrificed his seat to Dr. Ambedkar so that he could become part of the 296 member constituent Assembly. In doing so, Mandal ensured there was at least one Dalit present in the drafting committee of the Indian constitution.

Jogendra Nath Mandal

Jogendra Nath Mandal

As a leader of the Namashudras, Mandal found common cause with the Muslim League, in their demand for Pakistan. His reasons were, “First the economic interests of Muslims in Bengal were generally identical with those of the Scheduled Castes…and secondly that the Scheduled Castes and the Muslims were both educationally backward.” He hoped that in Pakistan, Dalits would be equal, as freedom from the oppression of Caste Hindu landlords and moneylenders would cease. For M.A. Jinnah, the 1st leader of ‘Pakistan’ had assured them freedom to practice any religion; In his speech of August 11, 1947 he said, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State.” Thus on August 15,1947 Mandal became a member and a temporary chairman of Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly, and agreed to serve as the Minister for Law and Labour. He also served as the second minister of commonwealth and Kashmir affairs.

Sadly, his time in Pakistan was not peaceful as he could not stop the increasing violence against Dalits in the country. First, his demand to have two more Dalit members as ministers was also ignored by Liaquat Ali Khan, then Prime minister of Pakistan. Second, he countered the proposed Objectives Resolution that defined Pakistan, an Islamic state, which disregarded the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. Later in October 1950, he resigned and went to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in independent India.

Mandal later tried to enter the Indian political sphere in 1967 but failed in his attempt as he was one of the founding members of Pakistan. He contested in the Barasat constituency in the year 1967 and was defeated. Jogendra Nath Mandal died on 5 October 1968 at the age of 64 years in Bangaon in the state of West Bengal, India.

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