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Dr. Ambedkar song written by Gurdass Ram Alam & Lyric Chandan Singh USA (Special # www.ambedkartimes.com)
 

Indian society needs to examine
why caste discrimination still takes place: Desmond Tutu

South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu told The Hindu that he had not heard of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He was pleasantly surprised when informed that Dr. Ambedkar chaired the drafting committee of the Constitution of India.

Asked why African leaders fighting apartheid had not paid enough attention to him unlike Mahatma Gandhi, Archbishop Tutu said: “We were involved in our struggle against the racial injustices in South Africa, and you were looking for allies who would be able to help change your own set up. So obviously there was need to link up with those who had influence and power in their country.”

He hinted that it would be natural for an alliance to develop between Africans who struggled against injustice under apartheid regime and Dalits who are struggling against caste prejudices. “More of us should be concerned about it [caste discrimination] and perhaps be interrogating the other part of Indian society as to why they are allowing this to continue if it is an egalitarian society. I mean your Constitution says so.” The Archbishop stressed that Indian society should be challenged about the situation of Dalits because it affects one’s humanity.

With thanks "The Hindu" Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com November 25, 2014

POSTAGE STAMP ON ANAGARIKA DHARMAPALA

 SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE ON
THE OCCASION OF RELEASE OF A COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAM
P
ON ANAGARIKA DHARMAPALA (Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi : 25.10.2014 ) 

It gives me great pleasure to be present here today to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp to pay tribute to the great Sri lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer Anagarika Dharmapala.
2. I congratulate the Department of Posts for taking this initiative of bringing out a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala. I hope that this gesture will contribute towards further strengthening the bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka and bring the two nations closer. Historically, India and Sri Lanka have remained natural allies. The relations between the two countries have withstood the test of time and socio-cultural exchanges for centuries have fostered further close cooperation in various fields. Both the countries have much to learn and imbibe from each other in order to resolve various issues which are the legacies of a protracted period of colonial rule. I am confident that the relations between the two countries will continue to further strengthen in the coming years to the mutual benefit of our two peoples.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
3. Buddhism, one of the major religions in the world began in India and is a faith based on non-violence and pursuit of spiritual excellence rather than material aggrandizement. It’s principles continue to have great relevance even in this age. Buddhism promotes peace and stability and strongly advocates the spirit of compassion and tolerance. It aims to wean the humanity away from war and skirmishes and inspires people to channelize their collective energy towards the betterment of society.
4. This stamp release on one of the apostles of Buddhism, once again reminds us to work relentlessly and collectively to ensure an era of peace, stability and friendly bilateral and multilateral ties in order to create an enabling environment for the rapid socio-economic development of the people.
5. In this backdrop, it becomes much more imperative to recall the achievements and safeguard for posterity the memories of the great Buddhist thinker and preacher, Anagarika Dharmapala who practically lived and breathed Buddhist ideals and worked till the last to revive Buddhism.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
6. Anagarika Dharmapala, was one of the founding contributors of Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and was also a pioneer in the revival ofBuddhism in India. He not only embraced Buddhism but also lent it Sinhalese nationalist character. He waged a protracted struggle to protect and conserve the foundations of Buddhism in it’s place of birth, India. He joined the Theosophical Society and spearheaded the reform and revival of Ceylonese Buddhism and it’s propagation. He later entered the order of Buddhist monks as Venerable Sri Devamitta Dharmapala and is considered a Bodhisattva in Sri Lanka. He was ordained a bhikkhu at Sarnath in 1933 and he died there in December of the same year.
7. In 1891, Anagarika Dharmapala went on apilgrimageto the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha had attainedenlightment. He decided to work towards restoring it’s glory. Accordingly, theMaha Bodhi Society at Colombowas founded in 1891 and one of its primary aims was the restoration to Buddhist control of the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya.
8. Many people remember Anagarika Dharmapala for his religious zeal. But there was another aspect to this towering figure - his practical vision regarding the alleviation of poverty.The voice of Anagarika Dharmapala was also a significant factor in Ceylon’s historical struggle for freedom from the British Raj. He spoke of the importance of a firm educational and economic foundation if the struggle for freedom was to succeed. He also concentrated on establishing schools and hospitals in his country. He had a vision of a newly emerging Ceylon, which could effectively link up with other countries and forge ahead.
9. In 1893 Dharmapala was invited to attend the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago as a representative of "Southern Buddhism" - which was the term applied at that time to the Theravada. There he met Swami Vivekananda and like him, he was also a great success at the Parliament.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
10. On this occasion, as I pay my humble homage to this towering personality, I once again congratulate the Department of Posts for bringing out the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala who worked selflessly all his life with a missionary zeal to propagate Buddhist ideals and to restore the glory of Buddhism.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com November 25, 2014

Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Day Celebrted in Canada
To commemorate embracement of Buddhism by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on October 14, 1956, Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din (Mass conversion Ceremony) was celebrated on October 25, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Indian, Vietnamese Buddhist families from Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer gathered on occasion.  The function was marked by the blessing from Vietnamese Monk;Thich Phap Hoa(Thay) with open prayer, followed by Buddha Vandana and discussion on Buddhism.  Various aspects of Buddhism such as diminution and revival of Buddhism in India by Mr. Viswanath Meshram, followed by ‘why Dr. B.R.Ambedkar embraced Buddhism’ by Mr. Vijay Bagde was discussed.  Various guests from Calgary namely, Mr. Mathura Prasad Mahey, Mr. Major Mall and Mr. llangovan Anamalai  briefly discussed the various aspects of Buddhism.  Mr. Phan Aung, the President of Vietnamese Alberta Buddhist Society reiterated the history and importance of Buddhism.  Cultural activities and early supper, followed post-function discussion on Buddhism, concluded the function.  The program was presided over by Dr. Raj Narnaware, followed by vote of thanks by Mr. Amarjit Sandhu.
(Report & pictures by Satvendar Madara) Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com November 25, 2014

With thanks to Punjab Journal of Politics,
Punjab Journal of Politics, Amritsar
Vol. XXXVII, Nos. 1-2, 2013
Guru Nanak DEv University, Amritsar

JAGTAR SINGH DHESI
ANNUAL LECTURE*

CASTE, NEO-LIBERAL ECONOMIC
REFORMS AND THE DECLINE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRACY IN INDIA

Ronki Ram

{Jagtar Singh Dhesi son of
S. Milkha Singh Dhesi and grandson
of a pioneer Punjabi settler in California, Sardar Mahan Singh
Dhesi was born in village Dhesian Kahna
(Jalandhar), Punjab in
1948. He did his early
schooling in the village school. The Annual

Lecture under the Decian Heritage
Endowment Fund
has been
instituted in the
School of Social Sciences by Dr. Autar Singh

Dhesi, grandson of Sardar Mahan Singh Dhesi
and former Professor
and Head,
Punjab School of Economics,
Guru Nanak Dev
University, Amritsar,
(Punjab) India.
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AMBEDKARTIMES.COM 
Takes pride in welcoming Mr. Venkatesan Ashok,
On taking charge as Councul General of India in San Francisco


H.E. Mr. Venkatesan Ashok,
Consul General of India - San Francisco

Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok was born on 8 October 1958 in Orissa, India.  He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982. 

Ambassador Ashok has held diplomatic assignments in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Austria and Sri Lanka, apart from postings in the Ministry of External Affairs in different capacities.  He was Director of External Relations in the Department of Atomic Energy between 1995-1998 following which he was appointed as India’s Alternate Governor and Alternate Permanent Representative in the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.  He was the Division Chief of Central Europe in the Ministry of External Affairs prior to his assignment as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Zimbabwe between March 2008-June 2011. Ambassador Ashok served as Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic from August 2011 - September 2014. He took charge as Consul General of India in San Francisco w.e.f. 21 November 2014.

Ambassador Ashok speaks Chinese, English and several Indian languages.  He has authored a book, apart from several technical articles.  His interests include reading and music. (With thanks Mr. Anand Jha Consul)
Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com November 24, 2014

Reminiscences and Remembrances of
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Book Review by:
Ramesh Chander, Ambassador (IFS Rtd.)

The other day, October 14, I visited Ambedkar Bhawan in Jalandhar for a function to observe the day Dr. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism in 1956. The function, regrettably, turned out to be a damp squib. The only consolation was that in the process, I could pick up two old books on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar – Reminiscences and Remembrances of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Last Few Years of Dr. Ambedkar, written/compiled/edited by his trusted and dedicated aide Nanak Chand Rattu. I have finished reading the former. Read more

AMBEDKARTIMES.COM
TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT

SAHIB KANSHI RAM JI
March15th, 1934 - October 09th, 2006

Prem Chumber
Editor-in- Chief www.ambedkartimes.com

Sahib Kanshi Ram Ji was born on March 15, 1934, in Khawas Pur village of Ropar District of Punjab. He belonged to the Ramdassia community (Ad Dharmi) of the Scheduled Caste group, which is the largest group in Punjab. He was named Kanshi because after his birth the midwife placed him in a tray made of kansa metal. His father owned some land and his uncles were in the armed forces. In Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram's own words, "I was born and brought up amongst those who sacrificed themselves but never betrayed the country...”  Despite his low caste background, he earned a bachelor’s degree in science from the Government College at Ropar ( Punjab). Soon after, he joined the research staff of Kirki’s Explosive Research and Development Laboratory (ERDL) in Pune 1957. While working in Pune, he quit his job after becoming involved in the famous Deena Bhan case. Deena Bhan, a Rajasthani Scheduled Caste employee and senior colleague of Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram was suspended. His fault was that he protested against the decision of ERDL management for the cancellation of holidays for Dr. Ambedkar and Lord Buddha Jayantis and their replacement by the Tilak Jayanti and one additional holiday for Diwali. Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram decided to fight against such a caste ridden and dictatorial behaviour of the management. The fighter in Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram got the suspension orders of Deena Bhan revoked and Dr. Ambedkar and Lord Buddha Jayantis holidays were restored.

This was the beginning of the long battle for the emancipation of the Dalits in the country that Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram had to lead till his last breath. He resigned from his job and totally dedicated his entire life for the cause of the community. He never married nor visited his home since then. His struggle was not for the home and family. He devised a new strategy to regain the lost glory of the original (Adi) inhabitants of Bharat. He gave utmost importance to the culture of work and democratic method of struggle. He also expanded the circle of the Dalits by incorporating other Backward Classes and Minorities into it.

He criticised the post-Ambedkar leadership of Dalits in India. For that he declared Poona Pact as the main reason. He said that “Poona Pact made dalits helpless. By rejecting separate electorate, dalits were deprived of their genuine representation in legislatures. Several and various kind of chamchas were born in the last fifty years. As and when India's high caste Hindu rulers felt the need of chamchas and when the authority of the upper castes got endangered by real and genuine Dalit leaders, chamchas were brought to the fore in all other fields".

In his "The Chamcha Age", a well argued and polemical tirade against the pseudo Dalit leaders, Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram sharpen the contradiction for the legitimate acquisition of political power by the downtrodden in electoral democracy in India. In, the Chamcha Age, "he focused very much on the Poona Pact which was a point of a rather decisive Gandhian victory over Dr. Ambedkar after a long duel between the two at the Round Table Conference". Ambedkartimes.com pays tribute to The Great Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji on his eighth death anniversary.

Prem Kumar Chumber Editor-in- Chief www.ambedkartimes.com (Posted on October 9, 2014)


BABASAHEB DR. B.R. AMBEDKAR,
POONA PACT AND THE CURRENT SITUATION

Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar devoted his entire life for the emancipation and empowerment of the Scheduled Castes of India who for centuries have been compelled to live in deplorable situations. He tried different ways for this noble cause while setting the goal of annihilation of caste. First, he did his best to improve upon the situations through reforms within Hinduism. But soon, he realized that reforms within Hinduism will not work for the annihilation of caste because without caste the whole structure of Hinduism would come down like a house of cards and that would not be acceptable to its protagonists at all. Annihilation of caste at the first instance requires doing away with the Hindu Sastras (sacred scriptures/law books), which Hinduism would never agree to comply with. Thus the other way and rather the only way open to seek casteless social order was to say good bye to Hinduism and construct a new society under a different religion for the Ex-Untouchables. Dr. Ambedkar finally left Hinduism and established a new social-religious order popularly known as Navayan-Buddhism (Buddha and His Dhamma) where no one is subjected to any social discrimination based on accretive and primordial notions of caste and creed. In between, Dr. Ambedkar battled many struggles for the betterment of living conditions of the Scheduled Castes. Poona Pact was one of such major struggles.

It was through this historic Pact that Dr. Ambedkar got voice for his people in the provincial legislative structures in the form of certain fixed number of seats. That was 1932. A lot has changed now in 2014. State in India is fast withdrawing from its responsibilities towards the people. It firmly believes that market can save them from all the hardships they face. In other words neo-liberalism is being projected as the messiah of the Scheduled Castes. In such a changed scenario downtrodden has to rethink rather critically about the nature of struggle that they have to wage for the acquisition and protection of their rights. Quite interestingly, there is also fast emerging a viewpoint from within the academic circles of the Scheduled Castes which says that neo-liberal market economy offers lots of opportunities to the former untouchables who no-longer face any social exclusion in the aftermath of 1991 Globalizing India. This view-point also talks about Dalit billionaires and their own chambers of commerce.  What it forgets is that in the free market economy only those are welcome who have the capital to invest. And the capital in India used to be the prerogative of the upper castes only. Lower castes were deliberately kept out of reach of the capital by all possible means under the garb of a discriminatory and hegemonic religious social order. What about the millions of lower castes who do not have requisite capital to enter into the so-called non-discriminatory market economy in India. Would they be not discriminated in this new economic order? Neo-liberalism is no more different from capitalism. We must not forget that the two main enemies of the lower castes are, as cautioned by Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Capitalism and Brahmanism. Both of them are once again busy in fashioning new permutations and calculations to keep their hold intact. Thus to face the realities of current situation in contemporary India, the teachings of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar are of utmost value as they have been ever.
Prem K. Chumber Editor-in Chiefwww.ambedkartimes.com
Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com September 24, 2014

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I once again thanks for your kind support and also expect the same in future too so that this modest attempt would continue in the service of our community. www.ambedkartimes.com deeply welcome your suggestions for its better functioning. This is your web site and it is you who have to make it successful. Kindly send your valuable articles, news reports, and opinions regularly, we would be pleased to carry them gratefully.
Prem K. Chumber (Editor: ambedkartimes.com)

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