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Adara “Ambedkar Times” and “Desh Doaba” fondly remembers Sh. C.L. Chumber, former Punjab Government Welfare Officer, founder editor of “Kaumi Udarian”, Souvenir of the life and Contributions of Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Ji, a social activist and bold journalist on his first Barsi (anniversary), who passed away silently on February 6, 2016 at his sweet home in native town Jalandhar City (Punjab). His memories will remain all times with us. It was he who advised us to designate our Punjabi Weekly as “Desh Doaba”. He never hesitated to raise his voice with echo of truth as and when the situation demanded. He wanted passionately that our Samaj (Society) should walk into the footsteps of Babasaheb Dr. B.R Ambedkar, Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia and Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji to fulfill their mission of building a castles society where our people should live at par with rest of the society enjoying equality and dignity. We proudly reproduce the tribute to Sh. C.L. Chumber by respected Dr. Sahib Professor Ronki Ram Ji posted at on February 8, 2016.

Prem K. Chumber
Please read more in "Desh Doaba" weekly newspaper Feb 8, 2017

The Journey to continue: Ambedkar Times completes eight years
Prem K. Chumber
Editor-in-Chief: Ambedkar Times

It is matter of great privilege and honor to share with the contributors, supporters, readers, and the sympathizers of the Ambedkar Times (English Weekly) that this small initiative being formally taken on March 15, 2009 has successfully completed eight years of continuance service in the memory of Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji – founder President of BAMCEF, DS4 and Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP). It was dedicated to him and his mission for the emancipation and empowerment of the downtrodden. After reading the most valuable writings of Bodhi Sattva Bharat Ratan Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji renounced the family life and devoted his entire time and energy till his last breath for the uplift of the Bhaujan Samaj. The Ambedkar Times (Weekly Newspaper) has been named after the name of the messiah of the downtrodden, chief-architect of the constitution of Independent India, world reputed Social Scientist and the first Minister of Law of independent India - Bodhi Sattva Bharat Ratan Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar - to keep ourselves reminded of our immense social debut to him and the moral duty to do our best towards keeping the mission alive and sanguinely going on.

Once again, it is matter of great pleasure to put on records for me that we are grateful to all our supporters, well-wishers, sympathizers, contributors and esteemed readers for immensely helping me in keeping this initiative alive against all odds. I am confident that with the support of all of you, “Ambedkar Times” will keep on serving the community with its bold, transparent and socially valuable inputs.

Best Regards,
Prem K. Chumber Editor-in-Chief:

Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor-In-Chief)

Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram was born on March 15, 1934, in Khawas Pur village of Ropar District of Punjab (India). He was the eldest of eight siblings. He belonged to the Ramdassia (Ad Dharmi/Mulnivasi) community 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).

His upbringing was modest. During his education years there was nothing special about him to suggest that he would mature into great social revolutionary. It was only after he took up a government job in the western Indian state of Maharashtra that he began to be influenced by the writings and life of Baba Sahib Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar who voiced the concerns of India's low caste community and worked hard throughout his life for their empowerment. Soon after his graduation, Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji 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. Shri Deena Bhan, a Rajasthani Scheduled Caste employee and senior colleague of Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji was suspended. His fault was that he protested against the decision of ERDL management for the cancellation of holidays for Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Lord Buddha Jayantis and their replacement by the Tilak Jayanti and one additional holiday for Diwali. Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji decided to fight against such a caste ridden and dictatorial behavior of the management. The fighter in Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram got the suspension orders of Shri 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 (India). 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 criticized 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 so called 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 Ji 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". In the mid-1960s, Sahib Kanshi Ram Ji began to organize Dalit government employees to fight against what he saw as the deeply entrenched prejudice of higher caste peoples. It was around this time that he decided that he would not marry and dedicate his life to the cause of Dalit improvement. Finally he decided play a crucial role in the politics of the country.

The result was, Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji launched his first organisation on December 6th, 1978: All India Backward (SC, ST, OBC) and Minority Communities' Employees' Federation, popularly known as BAMCEF. Three years later, on December 6th 1981, Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji founded another organisation: DS-4 (Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti) and on April 14th, 1984, Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji announced the formation of the Bahujan Samaj Party (the Common Man's Party). As a politician, he became very popular among his people, who found a new hope and vision in his style of functioning and sincerity. Suddenly he became a national figure. He was a master strategist and a meticulous organiser. He used his strengths to carve out a niche for Dalits. This was done by deploying an often combative and aggressive strategy, with virulent attacks on other political parties which he claimed only represented the interests of higher caste Hindus. He was sharply different from other politicians of the mainstream. He used to communicate before he spoke.

In 1996 Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji elected to the Lok Sabha from the Hoshiarpur constituency, from where 50 years ago Great Ghadri Baba Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Ji founder of the "Ad Dharm Movement" had been returned to the Punjab assembly in 1946. Interestingly, it was at Hoshiarpur, the strong hold of "Ad Dharm", that the BSP celebrated the 75th year of the "Ad Dharm Movement" on February 18th, 2001 . On this occasion Sahib Shri Kanshi Ram Ji exhorted the Bahujan Samaj to follow the principles of the "Ad Dharm Movement" of which the BSP has now become the torch-bearer.

He was one of the few great leaders of Independent India who actually expanded the limits of Dalit politics. His political vision was never confined to Scheduled Castes only, as is often thought about him. All of the political organisations he founded were meant for the downtrodden of all sorts – SC, ST, OBC and Minorities. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he was the one who took a lead in making Indian democracy more competitive and practically open to the Dalit-Bahujan Samaj.

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This site has been dedicated to Bharat Rattan Baba Sahib Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar in the memory of Babu Mangu Ram Muggowalia, Gadharite and founder of Ad Dharm Movement in Punjab. The sole aim of this site is to highlight the plight of the Mulnivasis (Inhabitants) of India who have not only been deprived of their due share in the wealth of their own country, but had also been subjected to untold miseries over centuries. Atrocities against them are still rampant in almost all the parts of the country. Hardly a day passes when there is no news about the social boycott or physical repression of all sorts on them. is duty bound to highlight all such incidents as well as to seek and articulate some solid perspective for the amelioration of this age-old problem old social exclusion and blatant violation of the basic human rights of the Dalit brethren.

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. 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:

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