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FLOAT OF BABA SAHIB DR. AMBEDKAR 60THINDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK
SOME HISTORIC PICTURES FROM THE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, NEW YORK
New York (Ambedkartimes Bureau): In New York, India’s Independence Day Parade was held on Sunday, the 19th August, 2007.
Indians attended the parade from far off places. The credit for taking
the float of Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the first of its kind in
the world history, goes to Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (New York) and the
Sangat. Their participation in India’s 60th
Independence Day Parade has reminded the sacrifices made by Baba Sahib
Bhim Rao Ambedkar. For the Dalits of India, celebration of two days (26th Jan. and Aug 15) is of utmost importance. It was on January 26th
that Baba Sahib presented the Constitution of India (written with great
efforts) to Rajinder Parsad Ji then the President of India. After the Independence Day (August 15th) the constitution came into effect on January 26th, 1950 and we got the chance to live freely in free India.While
presenting the constitution in Parliament, Baba Sahib Ji said, “If this
constitution will not be implemented honestly by Manuvadi Governments,
then I will be the firstwho will burn it”.Even though
the Indian constitution has not been implemented fully by the Manuvadi
Governments, the day is not far when this ‘Golden Constitution’ which
is praised all over the world, will be implemented. This parade has not
only made the Indians but the Americans as well to know about Baba
Sahib. People from tri-state also distributed literature with the
message that by now they have woken up. Their message was clear that
they do not want a separate state in India,
what they want is to implement the constitution in letter and spirit by
following the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar. By uniting on one platform,
Dalits from far and near have set up an example that they are not
dependent on anyone now. Before Independence,
they say that they were under dual subjugation: Britishers and the
Brahmanical landlords. The Float of Baba Sahib was so tastefully
decorated for the first time in America,
that all were praising. The spectators were quite impressed with the
float that was made up by volunteers themselves. This unity of Dalits
in New York was unseen before 19th August parade. Dalits of New York have told the world that now they are subjugated to none is it in India or abroad.On
the completion of its 250 years, the Columbia University of New York
conferred the Degree of Father of Modern India on Dr. Ambedkar.
Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York
has decided to make future arrangements for even bigger float and more
buses on the occasion. Langar (community kitchen) arrangements were
made by Shri Guru Ravidass Temple, New York
in which the Americans too participated and enjoyed. This note would be
incomplete without mentioning the names of those who gave their
services and donated a hundred Dollar each: Sh. Pinder Pal (President
of Shri Guru Ravidass Temple), Sh. Ram Sarup (Secretary), Sh. Sita Ram
Mahey (Cashier), Sh. Raj Kumar (Chairman), Messrs. Balbir Chand
Chumber, Jatinder Birdi, Mulakh Raj Pal (Trust members) and Messrs.
Balbir Chand Mal, Bahadur Badi, Prithi Pal Bangar, Hardev Mahey,
Kulwinder Mahey, Balwinder Bhora, Prem Panther, Pawan Kumar Jassal,
Nikka Ram, Buta Ram, Deepa , Neelam Kumar, Harblas Ram Lali, Amrik
Singh, Mahinder Pal, Bhajan lal Badhan, and Balbir Chouhan (Sewadars).
Sh. Veera provided free truck and trailer service.
POSTED ON AUGUST 23, 2007
march/parade and the float of Dr. Ambedkar will be great, inspiring, and
educational to many Americans. I congratulate all of you a happy
celebration and parade.
Dr. Vivek Nirala
SPECIAL THANKS TO
SHRI GURU RAVI DASS SABHA OF NEW YORK
Our special thanks to Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha New York and to all Punjabis who took first historic step to highlight Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in India's 60th Independence Day Parade in New York.
Punjabis have played a lead role in spreading and promoting Baba Sahib
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's mission around the world for over fifty years. They
have always offered their services and finances voluntarily for the
I must mention here that the main organizers and financers of Baba Sahib's float were our Punjabi brothers and sisters of New York along with other Indians. We extend our support from around the world to encourage them to do more such historic events.
are proud of our community members who dedicate their time and money to
spread Baba Sahib's Mission of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Today,
we are proud of all who organized Baba Sahib's float for the parade.
Our special thanks to Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha and all Punjabi brothers
and sisters for their support and financial help that made it happen.
Raj Kumar Oshoraj Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada
POSTED ON AUGUST 24, 2007
SHRI GURU RAVI DASS SABHA OF NEW YORK India’s 60th Independence DayThe
float of Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the first of its kind in the
world history, Dr. Ambedkar was architect of Indian Constitution and
Social Reformer. As followers of Dr. Ambedkar we are very happy and
proud of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha (New York).
the ones are blessed who devoted their time and financial support at
this event. Baba sahib is well known patriot Personality in American
History. By doing this kind of events will highlight Baba Sahib in
today’s American Eyes.
once said, we are very thank full for such originations those who, put
their intensive time and efforts to keep our Saviour Baba Sahib
Mission alive. Ambedkar Mission (Toronto) extends their support to Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha to do more and more historic events.
SOME PICTURES FROM THE CELEBRATION BUDDHA PURNIMA AND DR. AMBEDKAR JAYANTI BY PBS UK
Punjab Buddhist Society UK
Celebrated Buddha Purnima and Dr.Ambedkar Jayanti
The Governing body of PBS UK unanimously elected
Saturday 23th June 2007, Punjab Buddhist Society UK (PBSUK) celebrated
Buddha Purnima and Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti at the 83 Lea Road,
Wolverhampton. The celebrations began with Ven. Monks chanting
Abhiddhamma paritta according to Buddhist tradition. Between
12-3 p.m., the Punjab Buddhist Society UK held their annual General
meeting and general election for management committee. The election was
chaired by Dr. Surender Ajanat and Mr. Rattan Lal Sampla;
necessary amendments to the Constitution were unanimously passed. The
copy of the amended constitution would be made available to all members
in due time.
The election of the Governing body was also unanimously elected. The office bears were as follows;
President: Ven. Chander Bodhi, Vice President: Mr. Chanan Chahal, Gen.Sec.: Mr. Harbans Lal Virdee, Asst. Sec.: Mr. Arun Kumar, Treasurer: Mrs.Vidya Midha, Asst. Treasurer: Mr. Chaman Lal Chahal, Auditor: Mr. Sohan Lal Ginda, Publicity Sec: Mr. Maher Chand Jassal, Librarian: Mr. Balwant Sroy, Maintenance: Mr. Manohar Lal Birdi, Executive Members: Ven.
Dr. W. Kassapa, Ven. Nagasen (B), Ven. S. M. Sujano, Mr. Malkiat Singh
Bahal, Dhanpat Rattu, Rattan Lal Sampla, Hans Raj Sampla, and Mrs.
conclusion of the meeting the celebrations of Buddha Purnima and Baba
Saheb’s birth anniversary was started at 3 pm. The function was started
with the presentation of World PEC merit and participation awards to
all the candidates who participated in the World Peace Ethic Contest on
3rd February 2007. The contest was organized by Dhammkaya
Foundation of Thailand and with the help of Dhammakaya International
Society in London (DISUK) Punjab Buddhist Society UK open its centre
for contest, which is one of the participant centres along with 60
other countries around the world. Mr. Manohar Lal, general secretary
gave short introduction of World PEC contest and benefits of this
context. He also invites all the members and people to join next
contest, which will be in near future. Ven. Chander Bodhi, President of
Punjab Buddhist Society UK and chief monk of the centre presented
certificate of merit and participation to the candidate on behalf of
the organizers. Around 20 people were gathered on this occasion.
Surinder Ajanat from Punjab, India, who is world renowned scholars on
Buddhism and Ambedkarism, was the chief guest. He gave a comparative
speech on all the religions; Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism
with Buddhism and Ambedkarian concept of religious way of life.
Further, he also pointed out the reasons, why Baba Sahib Ambedkar
embraced Buddhism and what we would have to do to honour his legacy. He
suggested that Baba Saheb’s legacy and mission has to penetrate the
hearts and minds of future generations. He was also very much
appreciative of the construction of Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara in
Ludhiana. He said that it would prove to be a solid foundation of
Ambedkarite Buddhist movement in Punjab for generations to come. New
monks trained from there would propagate Buddhism and Baba Sahib’s
mission across India and abroad. However, this project is very big and
it still in need of lots works to realise its full potential.
Considering the work already, undertake in very short span of time. He
has fully confidence and sure that remaining work would not impose any
difficulty, because the project has very good and visionary working
team and good well of the people and every thing else matters little.
Chahal proposed a vote of thanks and offered special thanks to Dr.
Surender Ajanat for accepting special invitation to become Chief Guest.
He thanked the audience sincerely on behalf of PBSUK for doing every
necessity to complete the ‘Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara’ at Ludhiana and
reminded that not every contributions and sacrifices would go unnoticed
by the Buddhist revival history in Punjab. He also appealed to all to
keep focus on the completion of the ‘Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara, and
the movements that is to be launched from the centre. Further, he said
‘I am sure we would be victorious in our endeavours.’
Ven. Chander Bodhi gave a vote of thanks and closed the celebrations with the blessings.
116th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar & Victory of Sister Mayawatti Celebrated in UK
Some pictures from the celebration 116th birh anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar & victory of sister Mayawati
Arun Kumar Secretary, Dr. Ambedkar Mission Society, Bedford, UK
A function was organized on Sunday, 3rd June, 2007 at the Queens Park, Community Centre, Marlborough Road, Queens Park, Bedford by Ambedkar Mission Society, Bedford UK to celebrate the 116th
birth anniversary of Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar, the victory of Bahujan
Samaj Party in the recent concluded elections and the appointment of
sister Mayawatti for the record fourth time as a Chief Minister of
Uttar Pardesh, the biggest and most populous state of India. The
celebrations started with the Buddhist prayer Panch Sheel led by Ven
Bhadant Sujan and Bhadant Tejwant.
his welcoming speech, Mr. Arun kumar, General Secretary of Dr. Ambedkar
Mission Society congratulated everybody on Dr. Ambedkar’s birth
anniversary and also sister Mayaywatti for her success in the elections
and subsequently becoming chief Minister of UP. He stated that in
actual fact, Dr. Ambedkar’s birthday is an appropriate occasion to
celebrate the successes and achievements of our people. In the past
Dalits were not allowed to sit near the caste Hindus and even their
mere shadow was polluting others. Now it is a matter of pride and joy
for us to see very those people bowing in front of a Dalit woman and
touching her feet. It has become possible because of Dr. Ambedkar and
his work. Baba Sahib’s life and work will continue to give us
Malkit Singh Bahal informed that Babu Kanshi Ram started his movement
by setting up Backward & Minority Communities Employee’s Federation
(BAMCEF). The success of Bahujan Samaj Party is because of the ground
work put up by the cadres of BAMCEF. Mr. Bahal was disappointed with
the sorry state of affairs in Punjab. He stated that there are 28% to 30% scheduled castes and 16% Jats in the state of Punjab.
Whatever party comes into power, a Jat becomes a chief minister.
Valmikis and Ravidasis are stuck up in their own pigeon holes and
working against each other. They must come together if they want to
repeat the experiment of UP.
his presidential address, Dr. Surinder Ajnat pointed out that by giving
50% reservations to Valmikis, the ruling class was successful to make
Valmikis and Ravidassis fight against each other. They knew that if
these communities get together, the power will go out of their hands.
But these communities are unable to understand their ploy. To bring all
castes together, Dr. Ambedkar chose Buddhism so that they are able to
narrow down their caste differences and get together under one
umbrella. But this path appears to be too difficult for them. Education
with right attitude is important. Whatever education is imparted today
doesn’t change the attitude. For example a scientist teaches his
students that lunar or moon eclipse occurs because of the movement by
moon and earth. But at the time of eclipse, the same scientist starts
worshipping son and moon and goes to temple to perform useless rituals.
Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar was a rationalist. Education without
rationalist attitude has no meaning.
Talking about Guru Ravidass and his followers in Punjab,
he said that apart from forty one hymns in the Sikh scripture, Guru
Granth Sahib, there is a lot material lying outside which needs to be
compiled in one book and recognized by everybody. The writings of Guru
Ravidas outside Guru Granth Saheb are more revolutionary. Guru Ravidass
was a great visionary and revolutionary in the medieval period. The
followers should not concentrate only on 41 hymns but study him on a
wider prospective. To bring change in the society, they must also
change their attitude, think and act rationally.
In his short speech, Bhandant Sujan stated that Buddhism in India is flourishing because of Dr. Ambedkar. Totrain
and ordain Buddhist monks and also to make them familiar with the
contribution of Dr. Ambedkar to Buddhism, Punjab Buddhist Society, UK,
and Punjab have constructed Takshilla Maha Buddha Vihara, Ludhiana with
the help and cooperation of many upasaks (followers) from all over the
World. It is a first of its kind in North India. He requested everybody to visit that place and have a look yourself and help Baba Saheb’s movement to promote Buddhism.
Dr. N. Srinivasan, Vice President of Federation of Ambedkarite & Buddhist Organisations, UK
termed Dr. Ambedkar both a saint and scientist at the same time. He was
saint as he was a compassionate person. He wanted to remove sufferings
from society. He stood by the people whose dignity was lost from
centuries. To bring peace and tranquility in the society, he ultimately
chose the path of Buddha. He was a scientist as he believed in
rationalism. He gave preference to education as he considered it is the
only path to success which leads to gain lost dignity.Even
Buddhism is considered as a scientific region that why Baba Saheb is
preferred this religion. To speak of Dr. Ambedkar means to speak of a
glow of light which has removed darkness from many houses. The
achievements and successes we are celebrating today are the direct
effect of Baba Saheb’s glow of light. When we see our sister in the
seat of Chief Minister not with the assistance of any other party but
on its own, it gives us a pride and joy for which we must be thankful
to Baba Saheb.
Sanjay Aparanti, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai was pleased to
know that Dr. Ambedkar’s name is being kept alive by the people who
have come thousands of miles away from their native homes. Government
spends thousands of rupees to arrange functions on other political
leaders’ birthdays, but followers of Dr. Ambedkar spend money from
their own pockets to celebrate his birthday which continue for months
beyond his actual date of birth. He further stated that we should not
be contended with these celebrations. The atrocities on Dalits are
increasing day by day. Only a few weeks back, Khairlanji incident in Maharashtra
became the headlines where mother and daughter were raped and murdered.
When people protested, criminal cases against 14000 school and college
going students were registered. Their careers are virtually destroyed
and they are left suffering. Human rights activists in India and abroad should help such people by highlighting their plight and doing something concrete to relieve them from suffering.
Guatam Chakravarti reminded the audience not to forget our forefathers
who time to time helped to mould our movement. Because of the hard work
of those people, we are able to live the life of dignity. On Dr.
Ambedkar’s birthday, we must rededicate ourselves to work more
vigorously to improve the conditions of down trodden. Praising sister
Mayawatti, Mrs. Devinder Kaur said that not a very long ago people were
criticizing her for having alliance with Brahmins. Now those very
people are forced to accept her as the shrewd strategist and started
calling her an iron lady. She has made all Dalits especially woman very
proud and shown us the way that with determination and hard work, one
is able to succeed. Mr. Devinder Kumar Chander cautioned that it was
too early to give verdict on Mayawatti’s achievement as only the time
will tell how much she is successful. Brahmins, Banyas and Thakurs
never sided with us. Brahmins always torpedoed progressive movements in
the past. They didn’t even spare Gautam Buddha. If Mayawatti is able to
implement the Dalit agenda and not play in the hands of Brahmins only
then we will be able say with pride that she is successful.
Mr. Dhanpat Rattu, Hukam Chand Mehmi, Ram Pal Rahi, Des Raj Mehmi also addressed the gathering.
Baba Saheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s 116th
in Wolverhamton (UK)
Report by Sujan
Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 116th
Birth Anniversary is celebrating all around India and the world. Every cities and villages are rejoicing and
recollecting his virtues and works. On this occasion different organizations in
UK and other parts of the world; wherever Ambedkarites are-
no matter far-east or west or middle-east countries- is celebrating with great joy
and great. I am pleased to inform you that different organizations of UK are also celebrating his birth anniversary in different
cities. On this occasion with the great guidance of
Most Ven. Phra Maha Samboon, Punjab Buddhist Society UK has recently organized meritorious activity at the Centre
for the 116th Baba Saheb’s Birth Anniversary. On the say day,
Secretary of President of Acting Supreme patriarch of Thailand also visited with Ven. Phra Maha Laow at the centre and
blessed to all the members at the centre. They also paid appreciation on the
society’s activities. Our
programme was started with the homage to the Lord Buddha and observes five
precepts from the most Ven. Phra Maha Samboon. All the members were invited to
offer flowers in front of the Baba Saheb’s portrait. Introduction of Baba Saheb
Dr. Ambedkar and glimpse of him mission was given by Mr. Manohar Lal. He also
mentioned that this Buddhist Ambedkar Jayanti would be first time ever he has
seen. Followed by recitation of 22 vows, which was given by the Baba Saheb, in
order to remind what he had told us to do and what told us to left.
Most Ven. Phra Maha Samboon gave a
speech on importance of Abhidhamma chanting remembering passed ones. Most of
Buddhist countries especially in Thailand they organize such chanting in front
of Death Body or commemorating days. He also mentioned that such chanting
ceremony commemorating Baba Saheb was the first time ever heard in his life
time. He further said that such Buddhist activity should have been introduced
many years ago, but due certain reasons unknown to the communities. However,
now it is started in this holly place where Punjab Buddhist Society UK based in and should keep in practice in future not only by
this organization but also from all. He further expressed that with the great
dedication of Ven. Chander Bodhi Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara is under
construction and hope it will become the centre for Buddhist activities in near
future to come. On the other hand, he further says that anyone if they want to
commemorate or remembering deceased one should be done similar Buddhist
After his short explanation of
Abhidhamma Chanting Ven. Monks chanted The Abhidhamma around 15 minutes and all
the participants were invited to offer Pansukula Dana to the ven. Mahasangha.
Ven. Maha Samboon again introduced the meaning of Pansukula dana and importance
of it. Moreover, he introduced punnyanumoda, to the deceased one, is one of the
important part of the chanting. Therefore, he leads all the participants to do
punnyanumodana together and wishing peace and happiness of the Baba Saheb and
wishing him to achieve ultimate peace of Nibbana in near future.
All the local members were participated on
this function and they all impressed by the religious celebration and speech of
the Most Ven. Phra Maha Samboon. With these meritorious activities may you all
be happy and peace… may our beloved leader Baba Saheb Ambedkar Achieve Nibbana
in near future.
Ven. Phra Maha Samboon, one of the very senior monks in UK and well respect Thai Monk, is living since over 20 yrs at
Buddha Vihara Upper
which was jointly built by the ambedkarites of UK.
Abhidhamma Chanting; Abhidhamma is one part of Tipitaka,
which is one of the core teachings of the Buddha. It doesn’t mentioned
individuals, places or time but explains only core and pure teachings of the Buddha.
In Thailand, Laos? And Cambodia? They briefed it and chant in deceased occasions. In Burma and Sri Lanka, they only chant some part of the Abhidhamma; mainly
patthana and paticcasamuppada.
THE SPONSORES OF
THE CIVARS WERE;
MR. ARUN KUMAR FROM BEDFORD, MR. BALWANT SROY AND FAMILY, MR. MANOHAR LAL AND FAMILY, MR. DIWAN MOHINDRA AND FAMILY, MR. SATNAM MAMMAN AND FAMILY.
OUR GREAT SAVIOR, BHARAT RATTAN BABA SAHIB DR. B. R.
AMBEDKAR'S 116TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY DAY IS CELEBRATING ALL OVER THE WORLD BY HIS
BELOW ARE A FEW MEMOREABLE PICTURES FROM THE EVENTS.
After garlanding the bust of Dr. Ambedkar, people, prominent
personalities,celebrated his Birthday at Columbia University (USA). (POSTED ON MAY 16, 2007)
Dr. Ambedkar’s 116th Birth Anniversary Day
celebrated at Shri GuruRavidass Temple in New
York City, USA.
Shri 108 Sant Krishan Nath Ji Dera 108 Sant Baba Phool Nath Ji with honored children and other honored people in the
above pictures. (POSTED ON MAY 16, 2007)
SHRI GURU RAVIDASS SABHA ONTARIO
& BHAGWAN VAKLMIK SABHA OF ONTARIO
ABOVE ALL PICTURES FROM TORONTO 116TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR ON MAY 5TH, 2007
Maha Rishi Valmiki’s
monumental work Ramayana is peace of unique literature. Dr. Ambedkar was of the view that instead of
Tulsi Ramayana the people should read Valmiki Ramayana. Mr. L. R. Balley
public function was organized jointly in Toronto (Canada) by Ambedkar mission (Toronto), Shri Guru
Ravidass Sabha and Bhagwan Valmiki Sabha to celebrate 116th birthday
of Dr. B.R Ambedkar at North Peel Secondary School -1305 William Pkwy Brampton.
Mr. L. R.
Balley, an associate of Dr. Ambedkar author and Journalist and a prominent
figure from India
was the chief guest. He was given rousing reception when he entered the hall. First of all Bhikhu Gayanosri recited Buddhist three
refugees and five precepts. President of the Ambedkar mission Toronto Mr. Darshan Choudary
welcomed the speakers and audience. He said, “Dr Ambedkar usured into a cultural revolution in India
by embracing Buddhism which to be strengthened.”
Davinder Bhatva, Ram Lobhaya Ms. Angna Raj sang a song
appreciating services rendered by Dr. Ambedkar. Mr. Ashok sandhu president shri Bhagwan Balmiki Sabha and
Harmesh Sandhi president of Guru Ravidass Sabha paid glowing tributes to Dr.
Mr. L. R. Balley in his speech said, “Dr Ambedkar had a
multifarious personality. He was great social reformer, educationist, valiant
upholder of human rights, emancipator of down trodden masses.” Dr Ambedkar was progressive radical and chief architect of India’s
constitution in the words of noble, awardees, gunnar, mydral, “Dr. Ambedkar
laid down the direction for coming generation through the constitution. Mr. Balley advised the audience that they should discard
sectarian outlook and become appreciable good citizens of Canada. Dr. Ambedkar abhorred superstition and supernaturalism.
Therefore, falling his dictums we should be rational and moral the essence of
his teachings. Mr. Balley explained the significance of good literature and
impressed upon its production and distribution.
Mr. Balley said that Dr. B. R. Ambedkar by dedicating one of his books namely, “The
untouchables,- who were they and how they became untouchables,” took name
of Shri Guru Ravidass to foreign land and
thus popularized his reformatory achievements. Maha RishiValmiki’s
monumental work Ramayana is peace of unique literature. Mr. Balley said Dr. Ambedkar was of the view that instead of
Tulsi Ramayana the people should read Valmiki Ramayana.
Mr. Anand Balley General Gecretary of Ambedkar Mission Toronto
conducted the proceedings of the function very ably and impressively.
He thanked to Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha and Maharishi Valmik Sabha that
have extended sincere co-operation to make the program a great success.
responded tremendously and participated in huge number to pay their
their savior, Dr. Ambedkar.
Mr. Kashmira singh, an industrialist of Toronto,
delivered a moving speech on the services rendered by Dr. Ambedkar. He donated
$ 500 dollars each to Ambedkar mission Toronto,
Bhagvan Balmik Sabha, Guru Ravidass Sabha Ontario.
Mr. Harmesh sandhi while narrating the different aspects of
Dr. Ambedkar‘s life said that, you should follow Dr.Ambedkar’saudiology. This is the message that we must
take to our hearts. Mr. Jagiri Bance candidate of conservative party said he was
glad that celebration of Dr Ambedkar being organized jointly this exhibits our
unity and strength. Mr. Dyal karda in his speech said that present age is that
of Dr. Ambedkar’s age. In implementing social and economic thoughts we can
progress and prosper. Mr. Rajesh Angral said that Dr. Ambedkar piloted India’s
constitution and he will always be remembered on that account .Mr. Rajesh
Angral presented the report on the violation of human rights in India
All the speakers exerted that we should practiced the
teaching of Baba sahib Ambedkar, only then we can be called true Ambedkarities
Pictures of Ambedkar birth anniversary celebration from Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temple, Pittsburg (California)
Pittsburg(Ca.): Shri Guru Ravi
Dass Sabha Pittsburg, California celebrated the 116th birth anniversary of
Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar at the Shri Guru Ravi
Dass Temple Pittsburg (California) on Sunday, April 29th, 2007.The prominent Kirtankar Bhai Baldev Singh and
Sathi recited the Kirtan Diwan and Bhai Harblas Singh, Bhai Bal Singh told the
Sangat that all Great Saints from Satguru Namdev to Guru Gobind Singh Ji
inspired people by their spiritual leadership and practiced to abolish manmade
discriminations based on caste, color and creed.
distinguished and prominent speakers of the community, Lahori Ram,
Subedar Joginder Singh, Vinod Chumber, O. P. Balley, Gina Bhatia,
Ram Lubhaya Ralh, Kamal Dev Pall, Sukhvir Heer, and Santokh Jhingran
the life and mission of Baba Sahib and paid tribute to our emancipator
great advocate and eminent statesman of the century.
In the opening speech,
Dashvinder Paul General Secretary said that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was a great
leader, a great humanist and great champion of liberty, equality and
fraternity.He made a monumental
contribution to our society by drafting the Constitution of India.He taught us to unite, be highly educated and
hold our heads up in integrity and sacrifice to uplift the downtrodden people
of Indian society.
State's Economic Development Commissioner Mr. Lahori Ram said, I am
very happy for organizing such occasions in our Shri Guru Ravi Dass
to educate our people and future generations about our history,
heritage .Subedar Joginder Singh said that Ambedkar
was a true patriot and nation builder.
Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar has done so much for Indian women. Our
forefathers raised their voice against untouchability, caste system, social
injustice and laid their life's for our freedom and prosperity said
Kamal Dev Pall President of International Bahujan Organization CA. He also read his missionary poems on the life
of Baba Sahib and paid respect to Sahib Kanshi Ram for his contributions to
bring political awakening in Bahujan Samaj.
Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar enabled us to protect our human rights and we
must educate our children to fulfill Baba Sahib’s dreams, these words expressed by well known Ambedkarite Mr. O. P.
Balley who had been met to Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar .
Mr. Ram Lubhaya mention, those who sacrifice everything for
their nation and humanity is always remembered .Baba Sahib shared the sufferings of his people cheerfully;
in fact he lived, so others are happy, he died, so that others could live said
Mr.Vinod Chumber President Shri
GuruRavidassSabhaBay Area told the sangat that Baba
Sahib was the greatest wealth of our country. We should have a rational
attitude towards life, only education can develop our ability to get rid of
Treasurer Gina Bhatia congratulated the entire Sangat for celebrating
the 116th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Dr. Bhim Rao
Ambedkar and encouraged all women to be
the part of Baba Sahib’s movement. Santokh Jhingran Secretay thanked the entire Sangat for their
participation in this function to make it an accomplishment.
Sathio, our true tribute to Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar is to adopt and follow
his mission, philosophy and make it apart of our lives.We should do our utmost in order to improve
the economic, social, political and national life of our people. By adopting
Ambedkarism we can not only make ourselves happy and prosperous but the future
of India is also safe and bright.
BABA SAHIB DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR'S 116TH JAYANTI CELEBRATED IN TORONTO (CANADA)
Report by Raj Kumar Oshoraj
The past weekend on
Saturday Indo-Canadians celebrated 116th birth anniversary of a
Champion of Human Rights, An architect of Indian Constitution and A savior of
depressed people of India . Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar who was born on April 14,1891. Celebrations were a joint effort of Shri Guru Ravidass International
Organization for Human Rights (Canada)
and Idian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada.
Mr.Jiwan Singh started the program and handed over the stage
facilitation to Mr. Raj Kumar Oshoraj. Hall was decorated for the special occasion and huge banners
were evident for the presence of both organizations. Patrons of Dr. Ambedkar
and members of Shri Guru Ravidass International Organization for Human Rights (Canada)
and Idian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada participated along with distinct
guests from Toronto and adjoining
Programstarted with garlanding Baba Sahibs portrait and
lighting candles by Mr. Kashmir Singh and Mr. D.R. Dhanda who were accompanied
by Mr. Jaswinder Jassal, Mr. Jiwan Singh and other members of the
organizations. Mr. Kashmir Singh a well known personality of Toronto,
socially and politically was the Chief Guest of the program. Mr. Singh is a
successful capitalist of Toronto
who had worked on the major projects of TorontoCity one of them is Rogers Centre
(previously known as Sky dome) by supplying them steel from his company for the
construction of the biggest sports stadium of Canada.
Mr. Kashmir Singh shared his joy on this special day with
the audience and also appreciated Baba Sahibs contribution for our community
and admitted that we could not have been in Canada
and other countries of the world without Baba Sahibs struggle for us. Mr. Singh
also encouraged everyone that anything is possible in this part of the world
and to continue working hard to be successful like him, he added. Mr. Kashmir Singh financially supported both (Shri Guru
Ravidass International Organization for Human Rights (Canada)
and Indian Buddhist Society Toronto). Everyone applauded Mr. Singh for his
Followingspeakers shared their thoughts on Baba Sahib who
were from both organizations and some were from other organizations: Mr. Nirmal Sallan, Principal
(Rtd.) Pakhar Singh, Dr. Kewal Kailay, Mr. Darbara Singh, Mr. Sona Kanti Barua,
Mr. Dev Bhatti, Mr. Shiv Kauldhar and of course: Chief Guest Mr. Kashmir Singh.
All speakers admitted
that we could not have been enjoying our lives today without the sacrifices of
Shri Guru Ravidas Ji and Baba Sahibs life long struggle for our Liberation. We
must carry on Baba Sahibs caravan for our good and to fulfill Baba Sahibs
dream. Educate, Agitate, Organize a must need was also collectively agreed
upon. Religious direction for Buddhism indicated by Baba Sahib was also
appreciated by one of the speakers.
Local artist Mr. Ram
Lubhaya Chumber along with his music team performed songs on Baba Sahib and
entertained the audience in between the speeches. Mrs. Juthika Barua also
performed a song which was prepared and presented very professionally. A large selection of
literature on Buddhism and Baba Sahib was on display at no cost for the
At the end of the
programe two plaques were presented, one for Chief Guest and one for Mr. Manjit
Singh for his tireless efforts to organize the program. I was honored to
facilitate the program to the end and was also privileged to share my thoughts
during the program on various topics of speakers and Baba Sahibs life struggle
to achieve his goals to see us where we are today.
On June16, 2007 (Saturday) Indian Buddhist Society Toronto and Shri
Guru Ravidas International Organization for Human Rights (Canada) jointly will be celebrating Buddha Jayanti in Toronto. All are invited to participate.
For more information:
Raj Kumar Oshoraj Mohan Verdi Jaswinder Jassal
Mr. Parkash Rahul Jiwan
Singh Mr. Manjit Singh
Note: BabaSahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's 116th Jayanti
was celebrated on April 28, 2007
in Toronto (Canada).
POSTED ON MAY 4th, 2007
WE HAVE TO GET BACK OUR
DIGNITY, RESPECT & LAND
FROM CASTEISTICS & LAND
(1)-Sahib Shri Guru Garanth Sahib (2)-Dr. Muni/Saint honoured with Siropa on his very Ist visit to Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temple (3)-Dr. Saint (4)-Mohan Gill (5)-Naresh Barsagde (6)-Kewal Bolina (7)-A.R. Bangar (8)-
Group photo with Dr. Saint on his very 1st visit to Shri Guru Ravi
Dass Temple Rio Linda, Ca. (April 15, 2007) Left to right M. L. Simk,
H.R. Kajla, M.L. Gill, Joginder Singh, Parshotam Sondhi, Dr.Saint, P.
K. Chumber, Kirpal Singh, Prem Sondhi & Paramjit Bhutta. PHOTOS: AMNEDKARTIMES.COM
Dear Ambedkarite Brothers
Sacramento (California, USA) : On the occasion of the116th
Birth Anniversary of our “Father of Modern India “Dr.B.R.Ambedkar”, I was
invited to join the celebrations at the Shri GuruRaviDassTemple, Rio Linda in SacramentoCounty. The celebrations took
place this Sunday (April 15, 2007) at at the temple hall; I was
received by Brother Prem Chumber and later joined by Mohan Gill inside the hall
of tranquility and respect, where other Ambedkarite brothers got introduced to
me. The environment inside the Shri Guru Ravi Dass worship hall was also
decorated with a beautiful picture of Dr.Ambedkar with an inset of our Lord
Buddha, the greatest teacher and model of enlightened human.
quietness inside the hall reflected the inquisitiveness of our brothers and
sisters on this occasion, most probably they are thinking that what a great day
is today, and what a great Indian intellectual our savior Baba Sahib was and is!
I was humbled by the respect I received from our Ambedkarites brothers and
sisters at the ceremony. Prem Chumber and Mohan Gill asked the Gen. Secretaryof the ceremony Mr. Amar Baidwan to
welcome me in his speech and adore my neck with the Sikh tradition the Siropa, to my surprise they have asked
me to talk, and it was a little embracing moment as I did not go there to give
a talk. However, I gathered myself and spoke for about five minutes, as all the
speakers were very brief to 5-10 min. I was speaking from my mind than a
prepared stage talk; I was able to convey the message of the life of
Dr.Ambedkar, which was full of principles, morality and great human kindness. I
also emphasized that every single Dalit must follow Ambedkar way of life which
is Buddha’s middle path of life.
made special highlights about the increasing atrocity against dalits in India, I pledged to everyone
that they must support the cause to prevent Dalit atrocity that dalits abroad
must come forward to uplift the struggling brothers and sisters in India. I hope that my words
should be kept remaining them about learning more about Ambedkar and Buddhism. As
always, I had to promote the truth and perception about our savior as the
“Father of Nation, and most importantly that we are all the sons and daughters
this day, we have to pledge that we must get back our dignity, respect and our
land India that belongs to the Dalits,
dalits must regain our land from the cartelistic Indians and land grabbers. And,
this should be the first priority among thousands of such priority for us.
After the meeting, I was served a lunch and all the brothers showed great
interest in listening and trying to learn more about Ambedkarite activities. I
had spent some time discussing various issues with Prem Chumber and Mr. Mohan
Gill. These two wonderful Ambedkarites spoke very eloquently, and others spoke
very well. I witnessed lots of genuine Ambedkarites who keep our pride high up
in the state of California. I was humbled and
profusely happy from meeting the Guru Ravi Dass/Ambedkarites here in Sacramento. Infact, they also agreed
happily to provide the meeting place for the upcoming meeting with Mangesh,
Viradhamma and other Atrocity news team at the templeShri Guru Ravi Dass, Rio Linda (Sacramento) on Saturday,
April 21st, 2007.
(1). (From left top) Dr.Aradhana Parmar (U of C), Dr.Vivek
Kumar (JNU), and Dr.Queen (Harvard, U.S.A) during the question/answer session. (2). Dr.Queen delivering his talk on "Dr.Ambedkar's
Navayana Buddhism and Human Rights struggle" (3). Audiance during the Dr.Ambedkar Symposium. (4). Left below - Mrs.Kamlesh Ahir (Vancouver) during
the introductory song (5). Raj Kumar Kamble (6). Dr.Vivek Kumar (JNU, New Delhi)
Dr.Ambedkar International Mission organizes
“Dr.Ambedkar Symposium” at University of Calgary,Canada
Raj Kumar Kanble
Calgary (Cnanada): Dr.Ambedkar International Mission Society, Canada
Symposium” at University
of Calgary on Saturday, 24 March 2007
in a grand manner. The symposium was conducted in two sessions. First session
was organized at the prestigious Rosza Centre of University
This session comprised opening remarks by Mr.Ashok Kumar,
the Consul General of India in Vancouver.
Mr.Kumar welcomed the Dr.Ambedkar Memorial Lectures being organized at the University
of Calgary and agreed to provide
more support to the Dr.Ambedkar memorial lecture in the coming years.
The two main lectures were delivered by Dr.Christopher Queen,
Dean of Students for continuing education and Lecturer,
Deptt of Religious Studies at Harvard University,Massachusetts,
U.S.A and by Dr.Vivek Kumar Associate Professor,
Deptt. Of Social Sciences,JawaharlalNehruUniversity (JNU),New Delhi. Dr.Queen spoke on “Ambedkar’s
Navayana Buddhism and the struggle for human rights”. Dr.Queen delt
the subject comprehensively and emphasized Dr.Ambedkar’s contribution to the
World Buddism. Dr.Vivek Kumar gave his lecture on
“Dr.Ambedkar – Builder of Modern India”.
Dr.Vivek Kumar in his lecture highlighted the multi-dimensioned facets of
Dr.Ambedkar’s crusade. He also highlighted how different sections of the Indian
society including women were benefited by Dr.Ambedkar’s work immensely.
Lecturer at Deptt. Of Culture and Communication,University of Calgary, Canada
conducted the proceedings.
It has been a historic event to commence a lecture program
in the memory of the greatest son and statesman of India,
founding father of its constitution, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
at one of the universities in Canada.
Just to remind you all,SimonFraserUniversity
in Vancouver had established a bust
of Dr.Ambedkar on 14th
October 2004. This will open up more and more awareness about
Dr.Ambedkar and his human rights struggle, which secured human rights to 250
million untouchables and tribals in India,
in the west, resulting in more research
carried out on Dr.Ambedkar’s philosophy.
Second session was organized in the evening on the same day
at Walsh Hall, Falcon ridge Community Centre
in Calgary. This was an evening
event with cultural programs, speeches by imminent Ambedkarites of the region,
Ambedkar Quiz. Mr.Ashok Kumar, Consul General of India in Vancouver,
Dr.Vivek Kumar and Mr.Shiraz Shariff, the MLA, Mc Call NE, Calgary
also addressed the gathering. This program was attended by the Ambedkarites
Golden and many other towns close to Calgary.
More than 250 people attended this event with their families. Children who
performed in some way or the other were given prizes for their efforts.
Dr.Ambedkar Quiz in two parts (for the children and adults
separately) was an exercise conducted to impart precise knowledge about
Dr.Ambedkar’s philosophy and work, which forms
the history of the liberation of untouchables and tribals.
The symposium was organized by Ambedkar International
Mission Society, Canada and was sponsored by University of Calgary – Faculty of
Communication and Culture, International Centre and Libraries and Cultural
Resources, Guru Ravidass Society of Calgary and Shastri Indo – Canadian
The symposium was attended by a host of social organizations
of the region viz. Balmiki Sabha, Toronto,
Chetna Association, Vancouver, Guru Ravidass Sabha, Vancouver, Indian Buddhist
Society of Canada, Vancouver, Guru Ravidass Society of Calgary
and Ambedkar International Mission Society, Canada.
It was indeed a memorable event which created a momentum for Dr. Ambedkar's movement.
DR. AMBEDKAR CHETNA MANCH CELEBRATED 116TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF BABA SAHIB DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR ON APRIL 14TH, 2007
R. K. Kashyap
(Punjab): Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Manch celebrated 116th birth anniversary of
Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar at Aryanagar Dinanagar (Gurdaspur)
Punjab on Saturday April 14th, 2007 with great
enthusiasm. Around 7000 people gathered to pay their respect to their beloved
& great savior Bharat Ratna Baba
Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. The eminent personalities were also present & the
following eminent personalities addressed the gathering; 1. Shri
Sita Ram Kashyap, MLA, Punjab Legislative Assembly representing Dinanagar
Constituency. 2. Shri D. D. Kashyap, Indian Police Service, former Inspector
General of Police, HaryanaState. 3. Shri Jai Singh, Editor, Dalit Dastaan,
Phillaur (Jalandhar) Punjab. He works on Dalit and Bonded Labour issues
in India. 4. Major Som Nath, Advocate and
Chairman, Ambedkar Mission, Gurdaspur. 5. Shri S. J. Pal, Deputy Chief
Engineer, PunjabState Electricity Board, Punjab. 6. Shri Rajesh Kumar, Lecturer, GovernmentCollege Tanda, District Hoshairpur.
Below some pictures from 116th birth anniversary celebration of
Bharat Ratna Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar at Aryanagar Dinanagar (Gurdaspur)
(1) Dignitaries at the Stage . (2) A brief view of gathering.Photos: ambedkartimes.com
(6) Shri Sita Ram Kashyap, MLA, Punjab Legislative Assembly.
(1) Shri Rajinder Kashyap, Director,
Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India, New
Delhi is addressing the gathering. (2) Group photo of Executive Committee office bearer
and Members of Dr. Ambedkar Chetna Manch.
(1) Dr. Rakesh Kumar, President Ambedkar Chetna Manch,
Aryanagar, Dinanagar, Gurdaspur,
Punjab presenting a picture of Baba Sahib B.R.
Ambedkar to the dignitaries after the function.
DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR'S 116TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PICTURES FROM JALANDHAR CITY (PUNJAB) INDIA
Mr. Harmesh Jassal is garlanding the statue of Bharat Rattna Baba
Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on his 1116th birth anniversary celebration at Dr. Ambedkar Chowk in
Jalandhar City (Punjab), India on April 14th, 2007. Photos: ambedkartimes.com
Above some more pictures from Jalandhar City (Punjab), Bharat Rattna Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's 116th birth anniversary celebration prade. Photos: ambedkartimes.com
(Lecture delivered by Chanan Chahal, President
of Federation of
Ambedkarites a Buddhist Organisation U.K. on 14th.April 2007.)
The Speaker of Lok Sabha India, Honourable Mr.
Somnath Chatterji, Mrs. Chatterji, Minister for co-ordination Mr. Rajat Bagchi
and Ladies and Gentlemen.
We have gathered here to celebrate and analyse
the life long contributions of Dr.Ambedkar to Indian way of life. We Indians
are historically known for honouring our heroes, blindly following their
teachings without having tested their impact on society. However, it would not
measure up to the teachings of Babasahib, if we gather annually on his birth
anniversary and shower empty praises, which, lacks commitment. If we continue
to do so then it would fall in the category of ‘Hero Worship’. Dr.Ambedkar not
only apposed the ‘Hero Worship’, he holds it responsible for the decline of
Indian society in comparison to other progressive societies of the world.
Dr.Ambedkar’s teachings and mission is
transparent from his speeches, writings, and his way of life. While presenting
the constitution to the President of India he said “Social and economic
democracy is the tissue and fibre of the political democracy, tougher the
tissue and the fibre, greater the strength of the body. The democracy is just
another name for the Equality”.
“On 26th January 1950 we will inter
into a life of contradiction, we would have equality in politics and inequality
in social and economic fields, if we ‘the elected’ fail to remove this
contradiction then those who suffer will destroy the structure of political
India is in the 60th year of home rule but, the social and economic
inequalities are still with us. Due to, which, if we take the events of last
six months and we see that last December violence erupted in Maharashtra and
some other states of India. The reason was that a Caste prejudices atrocities
against Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes and gender discrimination is on
the rise. Another reason was decapitation of Dr.Ambedkar statue in Kanpur. It was deliberate
act to provoke the oppressed of the society. This was the first time the
oppressed reacted violently to public humiliation and desecration of Dr.Ambedkar’s
Statue. It seems that victims of Caste prejudices have had enough of empty
promises. If the authorities still do not take the hint and implement the
constitutional provisions being committed against Dalits, then it will pave the
way for the Caste Warfare, which will be in nobody’s interest.
We do not condone such violence because we
believe that Dr.Ambedkar was right when he said “We must hold fast to
constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It
means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must
abandon the methods of civil disobedience, non co-operation, and Satyagraha”.
If the rule of law fails to protect the weak from atrocities, than the people
would go for unconstitutional means. To avoid such eventuality in the future
the authorities must implement the constitutional safe guards and protect the
victims irrespective of their Caste, Faith, or gender.
Over half a century ago our first Prime
Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, referred to Dr.Ambedkar as “Symbol of social
revolt who justly revolted against the oppressive features of Hindu society”.
The protests against these ‘oppressive features’ which Nehru referred cease to
be limited to Indian boundaries, in fact because of them Indian society today
have become subject of international ridicule.
Thankfully, it seems our present Prime
Minister Dr.Monmohan Singh has rightly diagnosed the Indian disease when he
compared the Caste practices to Apartheid in South Africa and said “The
Untouchability is not just a, social discrimination, it is a blot on humanity”.
There never been, in the past, lack of acknowledgement of these oppressive
features what was lacking a willingness to do something about them, instead of
shedding some crocodile tears in sympathy. The only time will tell if our
political masters now have the political will to remove this blot from our
2007 is the 200th anniversary of
abolition of slave trade and slavery. It was celebrated worldwide. There seems
to be a new worldwide consciousness about the Human rights abuses. At one time
one country did not interfere into the internal affairs of the other, but now
due to multiculturalism the Human rights abuse is not tolerated irrespective of
in which country they occur. It seems that the world after having abolished
Apartheid in South
has turned their attentions to Indian Caste based discriminations.
·The discriminatory Caste practices in India
became under scrutiny and condemnations by the United Nation’s Human rights
·In February this year, The European Parliament has
passed a resolution condemning Caste based discrimination. They said “The
rights of dalits remains ‘grossly inadequate, and the atrocities, untouchability,
illiteracy, inequality of opportunity, continue to blight the lives of India’s
·The Houses of Lords of Britain had a debate on Caste
discrimination issues in India and
·BBC conducted a survey which concluded that 55% of
the Indians in India feel that only possible obstruction between India becoming
Superpower are the hierarchical Caste system ‘The Caste issues would become
barriers to Social harmony’.
We are very proud of the fact that India is
very successfully surging ahead in economic fields and there are all the signs
of India becoming an economic world power in very near future. So it stands to
reason that all possible hurdles should be removed from the path of India
achieving its goals.
The Indian government headed by Dr.Monmohan
Singh have undertaken to change the mindset of the Indian people about Caste
consciousness and its destructive features. He accepts that “It is necessary to
make a distinction between the problems faced by Dalits in India and
the problems faced by minorities in all other societies. Dalits have faced a
unique discrimination in our society that is fundamentally different from the
problems of minority groups in general”.
The Indian Government have launched a year
long celebrations of the 2550th year of Mahaparinirvana of Lord
Buddha. Mr. Singh said that during this year “We have to make the Government
more transparent and humane, more caring and honest. Our commitment to building
a more inclusive society must harmonise with Lord Buddha’s message of a just
“The intellectual, moral, and spiritual legacy
of Lord Buddha endures and inspires. It encourages us to follow the path of
righteousness, benevolence, and humanism”. The Indians should be vigilant and
monitor the policies and actions of the Government to see if they are sincere
about their proclamations.
The Indian parliament should take notice of
the violent responses against atrocities by the Indians and they also must not
ignore international criticism as they have done in the past, because, now
international investment is on stake. They must move towards fulfilling the
constitutional commitment to Equality, Liberty, Fraternity, and
justice and make it a reality.
The gathering here today and people in general
who have settled abroad should pay true homage to Dr.Ambedkar. The true homage
to Dr.Ambedkar is not only singing his praises at top of our voices from the
rostrum, but it is to get committed and involved in changing the Caste ridden
society into Casteless society by discarding Caste practices in our everyday
lives and become example for the rest of the world.
By doing so we would truly be deserving
respect in words of
“The glory to those who keep up their struggle
in spite of heavy adds, carping humiliations, storms and dangers till down
trodden secure their human rights”.
I wish all a
happy and prosperous life on the occasion of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar's 116th
commemoration day. We must pay our honest and sincere homage to our great
leader, emancipator and savior Babasaheb.
Bodhisattva Bharat Ratna Dr. Ambedkar’s 116th Commemoration day I
would like to pay my respectful homage to grate son of India
our Master, Savior and emancipator Babasahib Ambedkar.
He was a great scholar of India's
different languages, different philosophies, traditions, approaches and ways of
life. "His approach to the Constitution is one that brought together the
many streams of the traditions of India.
You can see the most glorious and wonderful images of India
in the Constitution of India
- and in the way in which he expounded it when he piloted The Constitution
through the Constituent Assembly.
It is a living legacy. Today we celebrate, not merely in
remembrance of a great man who lived long ago, or whose memory is far away in
the past, but we celebrate here to remember this living legacy which belongs
not only to India
but to all the different nations of the world
Dr Ambedkar is a man not for one season but a man for
all seasons: not for one era but for all eras. He is a man for many ages to
come, because the vision that we find unfolding itself in the Constitution
remains one which it is up to us to fulfill. Dr Ambedkar's work is not finished
and his legacy enforces upon us an obligation to fulfill this vision of a great
humanist. He was a great exponent of human rights when the whole theme and
philosophy of human rights was still unexpressed or merely half-expressed.
Dr. Ambedkar, The father of the Indian
Constitution, was deeply influenced by Lord Buddha’s precepts and teachings
which have eternal truth and universal significance.
On this occasion, I extend my greetings and
felicitation to all the participants and wish the Jayanti celebration all
Dr. Ambedkar was an iconoclastic social reformer who at
the very formative years of his career realized what it meant to be an
untouchable and how struggle against untouchability could be launched. The
social reform movement of the caste Hindus could not win him to its side
because of his existential understanding of the pangs of untouchability.The issue of untouchability, for social
reformers, was a mere problem. This problem was exterior to them in the sense
that it affects only the untouchables. They themselves had never experienced
the sinisterous blows of untouchability.Though they were sympathetic to the cause of Dalits, but they belonged
to the camp that imposed this inhuman system of social segregation on the
SPECIAL ARTICLE ON THE 116THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR
THE LIBERATOR OF UNTOUCHABLES
BHARAT RATTAN BABA SAHIB DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR
“The Hindus wanted the
Vedas and they sent for Vyasa who was not a caste Hindu.
The Hindus wanted an
Epic and they sent for Valmiki who was an untouchable.
The Hindu wanted a
Constitution, and they sent for me.
……………..Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
Rajinder Kashyap New Delhi. 0091-11-987-355-9415
Thecondition of untouchables prior to the birth of Babasahib was worse than the
animals. They were pushed in filthy and inhuman trades, made to settle on the
outer precincts of human habitations, survived on remnants foodstuffs, forced
to indulge in menial works, deprived and denied opportunities of education,
trade and commerce and government service. They were forced not to strive for
any social, political or religious rights, rather all their rights were
usurped. The Hindu society believed that to perpetuate atrocities on
untouchable is their pious and religious duty and such actions have authority
of their scriptures. Such gruesome and horrific was treatment of untouchables
in Hindu religious and social system that it even took away the spirit of
protest and they resigned to their fate and took this exploitation as result of
their past deeds or bad karmas.
SPECIAL ARTICLE ON THE 116THE BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar And Revolution
Dr.Santokh Lal Virdi
Mb. 98145 17499, Tel. 01824
Dr.Ambedkar was one of the
illustrious sons of the India who struggled throughout his life to restructure
the Indian Society. He not only led various social movements for the upliftment
of the depressed sections of the Indian Society but also contributed to the
understanding of the Socio-Economic and Political problems of India through his
scholarly works on caste, religion, culture, constitutional law and economic
Returning from London Dr.
Ambedkar was given a high post in Baroda. When he reached Baroda no one came to
welcome him. Worse still, even the servants in the office would not hand over
the files to him. No one in the office would give him water to drink. He could
not get a house to live in. On account of his low caste, he was refused a place
on rent.He tried his best to get a room, but could find no shelter. He had to
resign the post and returned to Bombay.