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20th June in Dalit History – Guru Nanak Khalsa college, Mumbai, brainchild of Dr. Ambedkar was founded


20th June (1938) in Dalit History – Guru Nanak Khalsa college, Mumbai, brainchild of Dr. Ambedkar was founded

Guru Nanak Khalsa college was the brainchild of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who wanted to set up a centre or an institute in Bombay for higher education. In 1935 he put forth this proposal of establishing an educational institution for higher education in Bombay to the Sikh religious leaders at Amritsar. The Sikh leaders agreed upon this idea with their main objective of providing good quality of higher education and also to popularize Sikh culture in a non-Sikh State. Thus in 1937, G. N. Khalsa College was born in a plot where the college stands today, with the total area of 27, 642 sq. yards. (Wikipedia)

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What Nelson Mandela said about Dr. Ambedkar


“The Indian Constitution provides inspiration in preparation of a new South African Constitution. We hope that our efforts in formulation of a new constitution will reflect the work and ideas of this great son of India. Dr.Ambedkar’s contribution to social justice and to the upliftment of the oppressed is worthy of emulation.” – Dr. Nelson Mandela

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14th June in Dalit History – Depressed classes education society established by Dr. Ambedkar


14 June 1928: Depressed classes education society was established by Dr. Ambedkar.[1]

The society was established to spread education amongst untouchables. The Bombay government gave sanction for five hostels situation at Panvel, Thane, Nasik, Pune and Dharwad for the special benefit of high school students belonging to the Depressed Classes.[2]

 

14 June 1936: T A Raman Illustrated weekly journalist reported that he has heard more unkind things said to Dr. Ambedkar than any other men in India. He said that if he ever murdered anybody it would be Dr. Ambedkar.[3]

Those were the time Dr. Ambedkar was rising and shining in the world by overpowering the opposition sponsored by a commercialized press. Unaided by party caucuses, party funds, he was rising solely on the strength of his unbending will-power, phenomenal energy, heroic courage and great brains. With his conquering intellect he was strong enough to face Gandhi.

Describing this fight between Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar, Glonery Bolton observed: “Day after day Dr. Ambedkar came onto greater prominence. He spoke for Untouchables and every speech on the welfare of India – whether from a conservative or a socialist platform – would contain a reference to the tragic plight of the Untouchables. It was sentimental rather than a practical concern. Gandhi, by representing the Untouchables, would have drawn eulogies from almost every pulpit in England, but now Dr. Ambedkar hadn’t destroyed his platform. At first Mohammedans seemed to enjoy the discomfiture, bit in time every delegate was wishing that Dr. Ambedkar would show Gandhi the courtesy to which history personal eminence certainly entitled him” [4]

A campaign of unbridled ferocity was let loose immediately by the so called Indian national press against Dr. Ambedkar. His statement that he was not anxious about the transfer of power was condemned as one voiced without a blush. They said that Dr. Ambedkar has cast restraint and decency to the winds.

Dr. Ambedkar had become the most hated main in India. He was stigmatized as an uncivil, insolent, inordinately rude man, devoid of human consideration. He was represented as a devil, was cursed as a public nuisance number one and was damned as a reactionary, stooge of the British Government, a traitor to the country and a destroyer of Hinduism.  

 

14 June 1980: ‘Ambedkar mela on wheels’ which was started by Manyawar Kanshi Ram came to an end.

Manyawar Kanshi Ram had observed that people in and around Delhi were ignorant about the life and mission of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Those who were not ignorant and interested in the mission, were feeling demoralized because of all around failure of the Ambedkarite mission. To remove this ignorance and demoralization a social action in the form of ‘Ambedkar Mela on Wheels’ was conducted for two months from 14 April 1980 to 14 June 1980, all around Delhi and covering 34 destinations in nine states of the north. This was an oral and pictorial account of Ambedkar’s life and views, together with contemporary material on oppression, atrocities and poverty.

Jang Bahadur Patel, a Kurmi (Backward Caste) and President of the Uttar Pradesh Branch of the Bahujana Samaj Party until late 1995, recalls meeting Kanshi Ram for the first time when he brought his roadshow to Lucknow (Interview: 25 November 1995). Kanshi Ram talked persuasively about how Ambedkar had struggled for all the down-trodden classes, and how the Scheduled Castes, Tribes and also the Backwards and Minorities were all victims of Brahminism. Because of their weight of numbers, these people had the potential to convert them-selves from ‘beggars to rulers’. It was all a matter of organisation. Patel immediately joined BAMCEF, though he was in a distinct minority as a non-Untouchable: Untouchables constituted about 90 per cent of the membership, with the other io per cent being split between tribals and Backward Caste people.[5]


[1] Narayan Mishra, Scheduled caste education – issues and aspects book, p 11

[2] Sanjay Paswan, Pramanshi Jaideva, Encyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Leaders, Volume 4 book, p 29

[3] Dhananjay Keer, Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission book, p 183

[4] Bolton Glorney, The Tragedy of Gandhi book, pp 266 – 67

[5] http://www.ambedkar.org/books/tu5.htm accessed on 14 June 2013

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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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What isn’t told about Babasaheb Ambedkar


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Dalits Ask, Dalits Demand


Dalits Ask – When RBI was formed according to the guidelines of Dr. Ambedkar, why we have Gandhi on Indian currency? What was Gandhi’s contribution towards RBI and Indian Economy?

Dalits Demand – Gandhi’s contribution towards India is nothing. He didn’t contribute anything towards RBI’s formation, neither he made any contribution to Indian Economy. So, Dalits demand that Gandhi’s image be replaced by Babasaheb Ambedkar who contributed towards India immensely.

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Dalits Ask – Will RSS, BJP & Congress burn the Manusmriti to follow Dr. Ambedkar’s footsteps?

Dalits Demand – NO, their respect for Dr. Ambedkar is nothing but deception. They are playing with the feelings of Dalits and are misguiding them Dalits demand and ask them to keep their hands off Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Dalit History.

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and International Women’s Day


Not many people know that Dr. Ambedkar always worked hard to uplift the situation of women in Indian society. Here are few of the less known quote/ideas/thoughts/work from Dr. Ambedkar on women empowerment. To celebrate Women’s Day without recognizing the contribution of Dr. Ambedkar, Savitribai Phule, and Mahatma Jotiba Phule is hypocrisy and shameful act.

  • Newspapers started by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Mooknayak and Bahiskrit Bharat predominantly used to cover issues related to women and their empowerment.
  • Dr. Ambedkar was always concerned about women empowerment. In a letter to his father’s friend, young Dr. Ambedkar, during his studies at New York, said – We shall see better days soon and our progress will be greatly accelerated if male education is persuaded side by side with female education…”
  • On 18th July 1927, Dr. Ambedkar addressed a meeting of about three thousand women of Depressed classes, he said ‘I measure the progress of community by the degree of progress which women had achieved.’

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  • Never regard yourself as Untouchables, live a clean life. Dress yourselves as touchable ladies. Never mind, if your dress if full of patches, but see that it is clean. None can restrict your freedom in the choice of your garments. Attend more to the cultivation of the mind and spirit of self-Help. – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (While addressing women of Depressed classes on 18th July 1927)
  • Send your children to schools. Education is as necessary for Females as it is for males. If you know how to read and write, there would be much progress.  – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (While addressing women of Depressed classes on 18th July 1927)
  • Dr. Ambedkar said to Women “Learn to be clean. Keep from vices. Give education to your children. Instill ambition into them. Inculcate in their minds that they are destined to be great. Remove from them all inferiority complexes.”
  • Dr. Ambedkar said to Women – The paternal duty lies in giving each child a better start than its parents had. Above all, let every girl who marries stand by her husband, claim to be her husband’s friend and equal, and refuse to his slave. I am sure if you follow this advice, you will bring honour and glory to yourselves.
  • Dr. Ambedkar raised the Women’s issue as Member of Legislative Council during his debate in Bombay Legislative Assembly on 10th Nov. 1938; he strongly advocated family planning measures and said that besides many other problems giving birth to many children negatively affects Mother’s health.
  • Did you know? Maternity Benefit Bill was introduced by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in 1942, during his tenure as Labour Minister in Governor General’s Executive Council.
  • While drafting the constitution of India, Dr. Ambedkar was the prime movers of the provisions related to the welfare of women. On the question of civil rights, Dr. Ambedkar made provisions in articles 14-16 in the Indian Constitution, which provide equal status to Woman and also banned the of sale and purchase of woman prevailing Hindu India.
  • Dr. Ambedkar also introduced an emancipatory bill (the Hindu code Bill) in Parliament which intended mainly 1) to abolish different marriage systems prevalent among Hindus and to establish monogamy as the only legal system; 2) Conferment of right to property and adoption on women; 3) restitution of conjugal rights and judicial separation; attempts to unify the Hindu Code in tune with progressive and modern thought.
  • Did you know? Dr. Ambedkar created awareness among poor, illiterate women and inspired them to fight against the unjust and social practices like child marriages and devdasi system.
  • How many Indian ministers have resigned over women issues?

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  • Did you know? In January 1928, a women‟s association was founded in Bombay with Ramabai, Dr. Ambedkar‟s wife, as its president.
  • Did you know? Dr. Ambedkar believed in the strength of women and their role in the process of social reform. In the Kalram Temple entry Satyagraha at Nasik in 1930, five hundred women participated and many of them were arrested along with men and ill treated in jails.
  • Did you know? Dr. Ambedkar believed in the strength of women and their role in the process of social reform. The historic Mahad Satyagraha witnessed participation of three hundred women along with their male counterparts.
  • I strongly believe in the movements run by women. If they are truly taken in to confidence, they may change the present picture of society which is very miserable. In past, they have played a significant role in improving the condition of weaker section and classes.
  • “Unity is meaningless without the accompaniment of women. Education is fruitless without educated women, and agitation is incomplete without the strength of women”.
  • In January 1928, a women’s association was founded in Bombay with Ramabai, Ambedkar’s wife, as its president.
  • On 20th July 1942, The All India Dalit Mahila conference was organized and 25,000 women attended that conference.
  • Gaining inspiration and encouragement from Dr. Ambedkar, many women wrote on topics like Planning, Buddhist philosophy and such other topics. Women also wrote plays, autobiographies, and participated in Satyagrahas. Tulsabai Bansode started a newspaper Chokhamela. This showed how Dr. Ambedkar created awareness among poor, illiterate women and inspired them to fight against the unjust social practices like child marriages and devdasi system.

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