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- Ambedkar in Hungary (Article)
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After many protests in India now the demand of #JusticeForRohith has gone global and many organisations and Dalit-Bahujan communities all over the world are demanding justice and punishment for the guilty. From San Francisco to Boston to Johannesburg and many other cities not only Dalits but local communities have come forward in the support of Dalit students. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s followers didn’t care about cold and rain and came forward to demand justice for Rohith.
Yesterday, Rohith Vemula’s mother had also said that my son will not return but his soul will rest in peace if he gets justice.
Roma community leaders, well wishers of Dalit community, from Hungary also expressed their concerns for the safety of minority communities in India and demanded justice for the Dalit students.
On Rohith’s murder, Ambedkar International Center (AIC), USA, representative said, “It is sad day in our movement. Our potential talent and leaders are being targeted by high caste in India. It has to stop. We need to find a solution to these problems of our society. Nobody will work on these problems which hurts us since we take birth to our death except our community members. Hence each of us who want to do something for our society is most important to us in this world. AIC is taking this challenge and work to make some mark in our movement. We all in AIC are trying to mobilize our people in America to make a significant force so that we can deal with these kind of situation with iron hand.”
Further, protest and candlelight vigil is also planned at London for Justice for Rohit killed by institutional casteism at Indian High Commission on 25th January, 4.45-7pm. Protesters will demand to sack Smriti Irani, education minister.
Here are a few photos of protests outside India. (If you have any photo of protest from another location, please send, with brief description, those photos to email@example.com and will update here.)
Ambedkar International Center (AIC) organised protest at Boston, where children as young as 3 years old also were seen!
I am pleased to share with all of you the great news that Derdak Tibor, Director of Jai Bhim Network, has been nominated for Prima Primissima Award under Public Education and Education category. Prima Primissima Award is prestigious award in Hungary and it is a great moment for all of us who believe in the ideology of BabaSaheb Ambedkar and especially for those who have wholehearted supported Jai Bhim Network, Hungary and its activities all these years. It shows how dedicated Jai Bhim Network team in Hungary is for the cause of social equality.
The voting for the award is open and you can vote by sending a simple text message (sms) from your mobile.
Here is how to vote –
Type on your mobile – 13
And send it to +36707077000
Simple! Sms won’t charge you much. One can send/vote sms as many times as one wants but one sms per hour only, i.e. if you want to send again please send it after one hour only. Voting is open till December 4th , 2014, so please vote as many times as you can.
It is a great opportunity for all of us to support and encourage the people behind Jai Bhim Network, Hungary so that they keep on spreading the ideology of BabaSaheb. Award money will go to Dr. Ambedkar school’s activities and recognition will help Jai Bhim Network to spread the message of BabaSaheb. Dr. Ambedkar High schools are Hungary’s largest educational institutions for Roma children. We can’t afford to turn our backs on such a successful initiative – to educated and give ‘Dalits of Europe’ a sense of pride. It is our duty to support and encourage Jai Bhim Network team so please vote and spread this message to your friends and groups.
Those who don’t know about Jai Bhim Network, here is brief about Jai Bhim Network and its activities –
Jai Bhim Network is group of people working in Hungary on the ideas of BabaSaheb Ambedkar and Lord Buddha. Since 2007, Jai Bhim Network has expanded its roots deep into the Hungarian society via opening many new Dr. Ambedkar High schools and Jai Bhim Network has purchased a new house (named White House) to teach Roma students and carry out various social functions. With the help The Corporate Body of the Buddha Education Foundation, Taipei (Taiwan) Jai Bhim Network has published a Buddhist Puja book – Telihold. Every year they celebrate BabaSaheb’s Birth anniversary and Dhamma Chakka Parivartan Din. Dr. Ambedkar High School is a kind of second chance schools, which offer the opportunity of obtaining an education in the poorest villages in Hungary, torn communities of living, especially for young Roma. With the help of Jai Bhim Network Romas are able to stand against the daily whips of village life and Network has given millions hopes to these unprivileged Romas through education and social integration program, all such measures were ignored by governments and many others. Jai Bhim Network is working and drawing inspiration from many other Buddhist religious bodies from different countries and especially Dalits of India.
In my recent visit (September, 2014) to Dr. Ambedkar High School, Sajokaza, I found that they have now amazing Buddhist Meditation Centre!
More about Jai Bhim Network, you can find at http://www.ambedkar.eu/ or http://www.jaibhim.hu/ or from my article in The Hindu newspaper at http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/article662028.ece
More information about the Prima Primissima Award at
http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prima_Primissima_d%C3%ADj (the link is in Hungarian but you can use google translator to convert it to English)
Please vote and spread the message.
Few days’ back, as I wrote on the Jai Bhim Network (Hungary) and new church law prohibiting Jai Bhim Network from its activities. Jai Bhim Network has launched new website http://www.refuge.hu/ to appeal Buddhists, well-wishers and guards of freedom around the world to support Jai Bhim Network, Hungary.
Please visit the link http://www.refuge.hu/ and support Jai Bhim Network.
Dr Ambedkar in Hungary – Activities of Jai Bhim Network, Hungary
It’s almost been two years to my visit (23rd Sept to 20th Oct 2009) to the Sajókaza (Hungary) and since then I’ve been in constant contact with my friends – Anikó Szegedi, Derdák Tibor, Kalanyos Laszlo and Katlin Bodori – from Hungary. This article is in continuation to my previous articles – Babasaheb Ambedkar and ‘the Dalits of Europe’, Reclaiming Human Dignity: The Protest and Gypsy Stereotypes, Celebrating Dhamma Chakka Parivartan Diwas in Hungary, and Ambedkar in Hungary – which I wrote while staying at Sajókaza.
Few Updates from the Jai Bhim Network, Hungary
Since 2009, Jai Bhim Network has expanded its roots deep into the Hungarian society via opening new schools at Alsózsolca (about 60 students), Mágocs and Sáta (elementary school about 20km from Sajókaza) and Jai Bhim Network has purchased a new house (named White House) to teach Roma students and carry out various social functions. With the help of Bharat Wankhede (the guy who accompanied me on the visit) and The Corporate Body of the Buddha Education Foundation, Taipei (Taiwan) Jai Bhim Network has published a Buddhist Puja book – Telihold. Kubu (the guy I mentioned few times in my earlier articles) will graduate in Physics in few years. Benu (the guy whose speech on Roma rights at Heroes Square (Budapest) was simply amazing.) has joined job at Budapest and he is continuing his activities with Jai Bhim Network from Budapest. Katlin Bodori left for completing her master’s degree. Many new teachers are hired and few completed their tenure successfully – enriching Roma students’ lives and their own lives with wonderful experiences.