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BABU MANGU RAM
MUGGOWALIA

AND EMANCIPATION
OF THE DALITS
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ARE NOT THE
UNTOUCHABLES
A SEPARATE ELEMENT?


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SAHIB SHRI
KANSHI RAM JI’S INTERVIEW
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Dr. Ronki Ram’s discussion on December 17, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?

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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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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

UK DELEGATION MEETS SUKHBIR BADAL
Evinces interest to invest in Solid
Waste Management, Renewable Energy and other sectors in Punjab

Chandigarh, November 13: A seven member delegation headed by the Mrs. Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary for United Kingdom met Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal at his residence last evening and emphasised that they were focusing on 3 states namely Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan to cooperate and improve initiatives in these states in the fields of renewable energy, solid waste management and creation of e-knowledge in the young population.

They apprised the Deputy CM that they were interested that officials of the Punjab Government tie up with the officials of the United Kingdom  delegation and exchange details about procedures via which entrepreneurs of UK could come and study the investment scenario in Punjab for making investments in these sectors.

Deputy Chief Minister assured Mrs. Verma fullest cooperation from the side of state government and informed them about the first of its kind initiative taken by the Punjab government by creating Invest Punjab where under one CEO all clearances of all departments  were made and handed over to the entrepreneurs interested in making investments in the state. The Deputy CM requested the delegation that he would be extremely glad if the companies of United Kingdom could come and share their technology and make investments in the field of solid waste management in major urban centres of Punjab. He also requested the Deputy Secretary to the government of UK that another area of mutual cooperation and benefit for both United Kingdom and the state of Punjab was the area of creation of machinery/infrastructure to harness solar energy. He said requisite skill transfer was needed in this regard and this sector would greatly benefit if companies from UK share their expertise on this subject with Punjab and invest in this sector. The UK delegation was very impressed with the initiatives taken by Punjab Government in the area of making the state surplus in power generating capacity from a deficit state in  just 7 years under the leadership of Deputy CM. They promised of some concrete initiative to take the decisions made in the meeting to logical end.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Investment Mr. Karan Avtar Singh , CEO Invest Punjab Mr. Anirudh Tewari, Principal Secretary to Deputy CM Mr. P.S. Aujla and Special Principal Secretary to Deputy CM Mr. Rahul Tewari.
 (Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com November 16, 2014)

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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