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20th July (1924) in Dalit History – Dr. Ambedkar founded Bahishkrit Hitkarni Sabha 


20th July (1924) in Dalit History – Dr. Ambedkar founded Bahishkrit Hitkarni Sabha 

Dr. Ambedkar convened a meeting at the Damodar Hall when was formally resolved to found the Bahishkrit Hitkarni Sabha.

Its motto was: “Educate, Agitate, Organize”. Its aims and objectives were:

(a) To promote the spread of education among the depressed classes by opening Hostels.

(b) To promote the spread of culture among the depressed classes by opening libraries, social centres and classes or study circles,

(c) To advocate and improve the economic condition of the depressed classes by starting industrial and agricultural schools,

(d) To represent the grievances of the depressed classes.

Among its office bearers were Sir Chimanlal, H. Setalvad, Dr. R. P. Paranjpye, B.G. Kher and S.N. Shivtarkar. Dr. Ambedkar himself was the Chairman of its managing committee.

The Bahishkrit Hitkarni Sabha functioned till 1924, concerning itself with social problems. Among its trustees was Ramchandra Krishnaji Kadam.

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Dr. Ambedkar’s Final Words of Advice


My final words of advice to you are Educate, Agitate and Organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of the human personality. – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

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They Fear “You”


They fear you because you’re young, strong, learning self respect,

They fear you because you are educating yourselves – getting inspiration from Dr Ambedkar,

They fear you because of your rich history,

They fear you because you renounced religion of discrimination,

They fear you because you’re the future,

They fear you because they are losing power – gained through killing us,

They fear you because you are the generation that will be free,

Free from discrimination, freedom from all the miseries of life – a far-away dream,

They fear you because the potential you’ve to heal the past and be real,

How powerful you must be that they fear you so much,

They fear you so much that they kill you every-day, trying to curb few.

They fear you because of your resentment, retribution,

Let’s make their nights sleepless, Educate – Unite – Struggle

Let them hate you as long as they fear you,

We fear them but we don’t forget, we’re still children, we’re young,

Every day we grow older, every day we grow stronger,

And we don’t forget…

–          A poem for young “Dalit”  minds

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