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“Life Time Achievement Award in Technical Education”
To Ramgarhia Education Council, Chairman, S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal

Phagwara (News Bureau):- A sincere and sustaining efforts in the field of Technical education of S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal, a dynamic & able, young, farsighted & energetic Personality, has many bornefruits, putting some light on the previous laurels bagged by him  such as“Indira  Gandhi  SadhBhavna  Award,Interstate  Gold  star  Millennium  Award”,“International  Kohinoor  Award”,“Best Citizen of India Award 2009”, “Excellence in  Education  Award, “Punjab Gaurav Award”

 On the same line, now, S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal, Chairman, Ramgarhia Educational Council, Phagwara  has recently been awarded 'Life Time Achievement Award in Technical Education” instituted byAll India Technical & Management Council, New Delhi,   by Sh. Digvijaya Singh , General Secretary All India Congress Committee (AICC ), Sh. ShashiTharoor Minister of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) , Sh. Anurag Thakur , Member Parliament  and  President BharatyaJanta Party Youth President (BJYM).The award was given to S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal, in recognition of his outstandingcontribution and excellence to the field of Technical Education, and for providing quality education to students.
After receiving this prestigious award,S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal said: "This award is, indeed, motivating me to continue making more and more such strives and has also put more responsibility on my shoulders to keep on proving myself up to the expectations of the makers of such coveted conferrals." .He further said: "I work under the mission to provide affordable quality higher Technical education to the youth from each and every nook and corner of this globe."

On receiving this Award, Dr. Vyoma Bhogal Dhatt, Director Ramgarhia Education Institutions said: said: “This award, is a beautiful token of  reorganization of  his ardent efforts in the field of technical education & his professional effortsis also standing as testimonial to the  extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity, and service he has given to this noble cause.
This award celebrates the remarkable pioneering life of S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal, whose distinguished career spanned many years and exemplified these characteristics.


Illustrative, S. Bharpur Singh Bhogal is one of the great & pioneer champions of Technical education.He embarked on the path of Technical Education in 1950, with the establishment of  Ramgarhia Polytechnic College, Phagwara, a small Institute of Technical Educationmarched ahead with a mission to serve the society with an affordable quality education in Technical fieldsto the youth from rural and semi urban areas of Punjab. With many illustrative successes and also REC’s passion for providing holistic education, the REC soon spread its tentacles and became a great center of academic activities under his stewardship. He& his entire  family devotedly their life in the service of education , Due to continuous shapes-reshapes through Bhogal’s hands, REC  presently has recognitions, affiliations, membership of many national as well as international bodies.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com , June 22, 2013

NAPA’S PRESS CONFERENCE

The North American Punjabi Association’s chairman
Mr. Dalwinder Singh Dhoot said in his press note that
Mrs. Gurpreet Deo (Police Chief) will address
Indian Community Conference
on December 13, 2011 which will be held 5 pm at
INDIAN COMMUNITY CENTER
525-Los Coaches ST Milpitas.
Mr. Dhoot said any one can put their
NRI problem on that day. It’s note able,
Mrs. Deo coming on NAPA’s request.
For more info, please contact at 209-275-2708
Posted on December 7, 2011


NAKED A MIDDLE-AGED DALIT WOMAN
A middle-aged Dalit woman was brazenly paraded naked in Chandwapur village of Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on Saturday. An affluent Dalit family put Ram Pyari, 45, through this public humiliation as they believed her husband, Darbari Lal, had helped their daughter Jayanti elope. Jayanti, a divorcee, had been living with her parents for the past two years. She had eloped with Mannu, a youth from the village.

SP Amit Chandra confirmed the incident and said five youth from the family have been arrested. “It was a well- planned crime. While Haridwari Lal, Jayanti’s father, was registering a complaint against Darbadi Lal at Isanagar police station, his family members were torturing Ram Pyari,” he said.

“They had kidnapped and locked her in their house on Friday night. However, they paraded her naked the next morning when she couldn’t give any clue about Jayanti’s whereabouts,” he further said. Ram Pyari later told the police that out of the 500 in the village no one had dared to intervene to save her.

“They abducted and locked me in a room. But they got furious when I told them that I had no idea about where Jayanti was and who she had eloped with. So they dragged me into the street and ripped off my clothes. They also groped and beat me with batons and belts,” she told the police.

The incident is gradually taking on political hues with Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Congress district president, saying his party will not sit by and allow such injustice to take place. “The victim is a poor Dalit woman while the accused are wealthy Dalits with political links... Recently, a girl was raped and killed in a police station in the same district. These incidents took place in a state where the CM herself is a Dalit woman. We will raise the issue of rising crimes against women,” Khan said.
Posted on October 11, 2011


Posted on August 15th, 2010

A HAPPY 63RD INDEPENDENCE DAY OF INDIA
TO ALL FROM :

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York, Begampura Cultural Society of New York, Trikaldarshi Bhagwan Valmik Sabha of New York, Ramesh Chander Ambassador Minsk (Belarus), Raj Kumar Oshoraj Vice President of Indian Budhist Society of Tornto, Tarsem Jalandhary, A. C. Lakha & R. M. Saroay, Satnam Singh Chumber, Dr. Harmesh Kumar, V K Chumber & D P Jhamat, Baldev Suman, S R Bharta, A S Jassal, Mrs & Mr Harjinder Mall fom Canada, Kashmir Singh Heera, Hans Raj Kajla, Jessi Banga, Baba Gade, Kalpana Gade, Mahanayak, Aurangabad, Lovely Heera from Maharashtra, Pinder Pal Ex President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York, Hardev Sahai General Secretary of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York, Master Kirpal Ji, Harnam Dass Rattu from New NJ, Rakesh Chander (Vice -President of Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento (California), Kewal Bolina & Paramji Bhutta (both former Presidents of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento, Tej Pal Gangar Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Vancouver (Canada) , Harjinder Karrah from Canada, Kamal Dev Paul General Secretar of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburg, Harbans Kalu, Ajay Kataria, Dahvinder Paul, Sukhvir Heer (IBO California), Karam Singh Bangar Chairman of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Fresno, Santokh Singh Narr President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Fresno, Rajinder Momi, Des Raj Bangar, Bansi lal Bangar Ex President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Fresno, Subedar Joginder Singh, Daulat Ram Badhan from Dalas, Raj Karra.

Caption of the photo: Ambassador Ramesh Chander addressing a Press Conference on the eve of the Independence Day of India at the National Press Centre at Minsk (Belarus)

Posted on
August 15, 2010


Ambassador Ramesh Chander speaking at the Independence Day Reception
on August 15th, 2010 at the Embassy of India in Minsk (Belarus) (Posted on August 19th, 2010)


THE IGNORED REVOLUTIONARIES:
HOW THEY CONTRIBUTED
TO INDIA’S FREEDOM
:
By Kuldip Nayar
http://www.tribuneindia.com/
2010/20100809/edit.htm#4
GREETINGS FROM THE AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO BELARUS
Dear Editor,
I am happy to note that the electronic version of the Ambedkar Times has come a long way and has completed 6 years. I congratulate you on this. Obviously, it is an effort which needs all support and much appreciation. The power of media is great. The community needs this power to join the main stream of the society.
I take this opportunity to wish you and the Ambedkar Times all success in the years to come.
(Ramesh Chander)
Ambassador of India to Belarus

Posted on August 12, 2010

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CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING GANDHI’S STATUE IN CALIFORNIA

Sacramento: A meeting by a small group of Indian expatriate in hotel of west Sacramento under the chairmanship of Professor Sham Goyal, agronomist at UC Davis. Dr Goyal proudly informed the meeting that his idea to install Gandhi’s statue in a state capital outside India is the first one and it would require approval by the state assembly. He suggested few sites including the Northern Lawns in the city where the statue would be installed on 2nd October, the birthday of Gandhi. One Pal Singh of Stockton raised an objection by saying that internationally famous Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati has held Gandhi responsible for perpetuation of caste problem in India. But the discussion took an ugly turn when Dr Goyal said that if the ‘Harijan’ Mayawati is not grateful to Gandhi, India would be safe only with her death. Pal Singh even alternately suggested the installation of statue of either Dr B R Ambedkar or Bhagat Singh. Professor make a mockery of Ambedkar that no one knows him as he also dismissed Bhagat Singh’s name. The meeting became chaotic as people heard Pal Singh saying that Gandhi had taken a racist stand in South Africa when he got a third door for Indians in the Durban Post Office where earlier existed only two doors one for the Blacks and Indians and the other for Whites. While Goyal continued persisting for Gandhi statue as saying Gandhi is considered ‘apostle of peace’ few others wondered if it would be right to have it for the one who is not free from black spots.

Posted on May 01, 2010

INTERNATIONAL DAY
OF NON-VIOLENCE

Photo caption:

International Day of Non-violence
was observed in Minsk ( Belarus ).
Ambassador of India to Belarus
Mr. Ramesh Chander and Mrs. Vidya Chander
with Belarusian students who rendered devotional music
at the function a Friendship House in Minsk

Posted on December 6, 2009

Caption of the photo:
His Excellency Mr. Ramesh Chander, Ambassador of
India to Belarus speaking at the Independence Day Reception in Minsk on August 15, 2009

Posted on October 17, 2009

BAHUJAN JAN JAGRAN RALLY BY LAKSHAY ON 11 OCT. 2009

Dear Brothers/Sisters Jai Bhim!
We wish to inform you that Lakshay is going to organise a "Bahujan Jan Jagran Rally" from Kanpur to Lucknow on 11 Oct. 2009 . Rally will start at 9.30 AM . A Moral Support will be given to Iron Lady Behan Maya Wati Chief Minister of UP.
A pamphlet in this regards is attached. We look forward to all support from you. Regards
R.B. Gautam : National Dy. Commander, Bhartiya Samanvaya Sangthan (Lakshay)
Posted on October 04, 2009


Behan Maya Wati
Chief Minister (UP)

        

Ambassador of India to Belarus , Ramesh Chander signing Agreements between India and Belarus in Minsk on September 17 , 2009 in the presence of Minister of External Affairs of India , S.M. Krishna and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus , Sergie Martynov.

Posted on October 04, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

ICSSR
NORTH-WESTERN
REGIONAL CENTRE
P.U. CHANDIGARH 

A Special Lecture on “US Foreign Policy in a Changing World Focus on South Asia ”
by Dr. Clifford Kiracofe Jr., was organized by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University , Chandigarh .

Dr. Ronki Ram, Chairman, Department of Political Science, P.U. welcomed
the guest speaker and audience and highlighted the achievements of Dr. Clifford A. Kiracofe Jr.

Dr. Clifford A Kiracofe Jr. Professor of Political Science and History, Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, in his lecture, said that historically one finds a tension between two elitist factions in US foreign policy, namely those who want to see a strong Republic and those inclined towards the imperial model. After the collapse of the Soviet Union , the imperial faction is celebrating the unilateral moment and demanding a hegemonic foreign policy. The other perspective argues that the US foreign policy should follow the balance of power approach and be prepared to face the eventual emergence of a multipolar world. Today in the United States one finds a strong influence of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Neo-Mackinder geopolitical outlook. Under President Clinton oil geopolitics became dominant in US foreign policy and a new great game started in Central Asia . The new great game is essentially about hydrocarbon geopolitics and oil pipelines. The George W. Bush administration was marked more with continuity than change with Clinton administration. American foreign policy elite are still in anti-Russia mode and neo-Mackinder concepts still dominate. 9/11 tragedy was manipulated to justify invasion of Iraq , the key objective of which was to gain control of the resource geography of the region. Dr. Kiracofe further said that it was the greatest strategic mistake made in American history and marked a failure of checks and balances principle at the institutional level. He also made a reference to the Princeton Project for National Security, a bipartisan imperial project that places the UN in a secondary position and argues that USA should lead the ‘coalition of the willing’ on different issue areas. He concluded by saying that Obama administration is only about six months old and multi-polarity issue has not been adequately addressed so far along with the role of China in contemporary international system by USA. USA ’s increasing engagement with Pakistan , according to him, will be a complicating factor in USA-India relations.

Professor Bhupinder Brar, Honorary Director, ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre in his presidential remarks emphasized that many of the key assumptions and concepts of International Relations such as ‘Nation-State’, ‘National Interest’and ‘National Security’ are increasingly making less sense in today’s world. They need to be problematized from a critical social science perspective. Whose interests are best served when USA speaks in an imperial language or for that matter in a democratic-liberal language? Against the backdrop of American society getting increasingly depoliticized he wondered how long can America go on with its imperial project without getting overstretched in the process.

The lecture was followed by a lively discussion. Shri P.K. Saini, Deputy Director, ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre proposed a vote of thanks.

Posted on August 22, 2009

Ambassador of India to Belarus Ramesh Chander
speaking at the Independence Day Reception he hosted
in Minisk (Belarus) on August 15, 2009

Posted on August 22, 2009

Surrey - Press conference for Missing Person

File # 2009-86044 2009-07-21 14:02 PDT On Wednesday, July 22nd @ 10:00am there will be a press conference at the famiily home of Missing Person Yashpal Mehay. Interested media are asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Media Relations prior to 9:30am.
 
Representatives from the family will be available to speak with the media along with the Surrey RCMP. A reward is being offered by the family for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mr. Mehay.
 
RCMP in Surrey have yet to locate Mr. Mehay after conducting extensive aerial and ground searches and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this person. Financial, travel, and medical records have all been looked into and notifications have been sent out to all detachments between Surrey and Clinton, BC who are also assisting with the investigation. The family has also commissioned a small airplane to aid in their search.
 
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Mehay is asked to call Cpl. Allison Douglas of the Surrey RCMP Missing Persons Unit at (604) 599-5990 or the Surrey Detachment at 604.599.0502.
 
Sgt Roger Morrow
Media Relations

Forwarded by Jai Birdi

PROTEST
MARCH
IN
LONDON

Report by Manohar Birdi

To condemn the inhumane and brutal attack on the lives of 108 Sant Niranjan Dass Ji head of Sachkhand Dera Ballan and Sant Rama Nand Ji in which he lost his life in Guru Ravi Dass Temple , Vienna , Austria on 24 th May 2009 , a protest march was held in London . This was organised by the followers of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Ji in England . On 14 th June 09, thousands and thousands of young children from the age of 10 to old men and women up to the age of 75 gathered in Hide Park London. Members of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temples , Dr. Ambedkar and Buddhist Organisations, Bhagwan Balmik Sabhas from all over England , Wales and Scotland and Bahujan Samaj Party UK supporters participated in this march. The prominent among them were Sant Sarwan Dass charitable Trust, Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha UK , Dr. Ambedkar Mission Society, Bedford, Punjab Buddhist Society UK , Dr. Ambedkar International Mission London, Dr. Ambedkar Buddhist Organisation Birmingham and many more.

All the people gathered in Hide Park at 12pm . After short speeches by the community leaders the march started at 1pm to reach the office of India High Commission. It took about one and half hour time to reach there. It was about three miles long. The marcher shouted their anger against terrorism and victimisation of dalits in India . The representatives of Indian High Commission were presented the memorandum by the organisers. After this the march was closed.

Posted on July 03, 2009 (3:30 am)

MICHAEL JACKSON KING OF POP IS NO MORE
(August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009).
If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with. - Michael Jackson

We pay homage to this legendary personality
who entertained trillions and trillions people for four decades.

Editor, www.ambedkartimes.com

King of Pop Jackson dies at 50
Ashish Kumar Sen writes from Washington
COURTESY :
courtesy:
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090627/main8.htm


Ambassador of India to Belarus His Excellency Ramesh
Chander being greeted by the Governor of Minsk ( Belarus )

Posted on June 21, 2009

Ambassador of India to Belarus Ramesh Chander in a meeting with H.E. Colonel-General Leonid Maltsev, Defence Minister of Belarus in Minsk on April 30, 2009

Posted on May 11, 2009

The First Indian
Trucking Association
in Canada

In the above picture
Mr. Piara Singh Kudowal
and others. The Truck
show is coming up
in August 2009.

This association is

working for the
betterment of

truck drivers
in Canada .

For more
information please

contact
Piara Singh Kudowal
on (510) 296- 4477
or
psingh.insurance@gmail.com, pskudowal@yahoo.com   

LAST GADHRITE BABA BHAGAT SINGH BILGA (102) PASSED AWAY AT 3.15 PM ISTON 22ND MAY AT BIRMINGHAM ( U.K. ) WHERE HIS SONS LIVE. HIS DEAD BODY IS BEING BROUGHT TO INDIA FOR CREAMATION .HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCEPTING MY SUGGESTION TO CELEBRATE THE 'ANNUAL MELA GADHRI BABIAN DA 2005' AT JALANDHAR CITY ( PUNJAB ) IN MEMORY OF GADHRITE BABA MANGU RAM MUGGOWALIA JI   LET US FOLLOW THE PATH OF OUR SAVIOURS TO SAVE THE HUMANITY. - C.L.CHUMBER


Ambassador of India to Belarus
Ramesh Chander being received by
H.E. Prime Minister
of Belarus
Sergie Sidrosky at the Government House
in Minsk on May 10, 2009

Posted on May 11, 2009

GSVS's ACTIVITIES IN DIFFERENT STATES OF INDIA by Vishwanath Meshram

GSVS activities are picking up and organization is taking shape in Maharashtra , Punjab , Karnataka and Tamilnadu. GSVS teams at state, district and Taluka level are formed to take responsibilities and move around to motivate, teachers, students and parents. Guidance centers-cum-GSVS offices are being opened. The Punjab state office/guidance centre is going to be inaugurated at the end of this month.

Posted on May 10, 2009

SINGLE EQUALITY BILL WOULD BE PRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT, UK ON MAY 11, 2009

CASTE WATCH UK DISCUSSION ON CASTE ON SUNRISE TV, UK

Davinder Prasad
General Secretary, CasteWatchUK

There is still hope for an amendment to this bill at this stage before it goes through other stages and become a law. It is important that all the individuals and community groups that support our campaign to root out caste discrimination from the British Society, put pressure on the Government for amendment of this bill.


As a part of our ongoing campaign for inclusion of “Caste” in the forthcoming Single Equality Bill, CasteWatchUK would be in a discussion on caste in UK on Sunrise TV - a debate on caste discrimination at 16.30 to 17.30 hrs on Tuesday 12th May, 2009.  This SKY TV channel is very popular with Asian community groups and has a very large audience not only in the UK but also in Europe and other parts of the world.

It would be great if those who believe in the cause could take part in e-mail exchange expressing your views. Please join us and take part in making history for community groups that are victims of caste discrimination in the UK.

Posted on May 10, 2009

GADDARIS REMEMBEREDBY THOUSANDS IN FRESNO
Indo American Heritage Forum holds its 9 th Annual Mela

Fresno (Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau:): The valiant contributions of Gaddar party members to India ’s freedom movement about a century ago are remembered and celebrated every year by Indo American Heritage Forum of Fresno. Fresno , the crown city of Central Valley of California , was once the center of activities of Gaddar Party in the valley. The Indians who came to foreign countries to make a living organized themselves in America , Panama , Canada , Argentina , Singapore , Malaysia , Hong Kong , and Shanghai ( China ) during the first decade of the twentieth century. Their pious objective was to free India from centuries of British rule. They were known as Gaddaris, after their organization’s name, the Gaddar Party. This year’s Mela Gaddari Babean Da was unique in a way because it was dedicated to the 90 th anniversary of the Jalianwala Bagh ( Amritsar ) Massacre of peaceful Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Dalits by British police, who had gathered to protest the ill-famed Roulette Act which was being forced on India by the British. The Roulette Act was highly opposed because it allowed the government to detain any individual indefinitely without reason and without the right to challenge the detention in court. This year’s mela was also in commemoration of Shahid Udham Singh Sunam, Baba Bachan Singh Gholian, Baba Ram Singh ‘Kuka’ and Shahid Madan Lal Dhingra.

The mela, 9 th in the annual series, began at noon on March 29 in Regency Palace with poems and songs by Raj Brar and Gurdip Singh Gagra, followed by a moment of silence as a token of respect to the great martyrs of India ’s freedom struggle. The famous British parliamentarian of Indian origin, Mr. Varinder Sharma, was the chief guest and the key note speaker. Upon his arrival the hall became full of audience. The president of Forum, Mr. Charan Guram, thanked Mr. Sharma and the audience for their participation in the event. He praised the Indian government for the recognition of the Jalianwala Bagh Massacre and the great contribution of Kuka Movement and Gaddar Party to the Indian freedom struggle, adding that this was a proper but unnecessarily delayed act. Mr. Gurdip Singh Ankhi, Colonel (retired) Hardev Singh Gill (son of Baba Bachan Singh Gholian), and Jaswant Singh Mann praised the sacrifices of freedom fighters. Surinder Singh Mandhali, secretary of the forum, mentioned the tradition set by Forum to commemorate the sacrifices made by Gaddaris and all other freedom fighters, saying those great men and women did not let their religion or cultural differences meddle with their selfless spirit of fighting against the unjust and tyrant foreign rule. Mohinder Singh Grewal welcomed the chief guest and recited a brief poem. The representatives of Namdhari Sikh Society and Namdhari Sikh Sangat, S. Gurdev Singh, S. Devinder Singh, S. Pritam Singh, S. Joginder Singh praised Forum for organizing such events every year. Mr. Virender Sharma, who himself belongs to a freedom fighter family in India, thanked Forum and the audience for letting him be part of such an event. He challenged the NRIs to participate in development of India ’s rural education programs. He asked the community, in general, to stay above castes and communalism. He termed those evils as huge hindrance in the progress of India . He condemned some political parties in India using society’s communal differences to promote their own selfish interests. He, along with Forum’s office holders, honored S. Kapoor Singh, a senior freedom fighter who served as a soldier in Indian National Army of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose.

Dr. Gurumel Singh Sidhu, a renowned scientist and professor at California State University , Fresno , and S. Karam Singh Mann offered to help Indian students to get into great educational programs offered by the university. They, along with Paramjit Singh Bassi, Kulvir and Dev Sekhon, Kuldip Singh Atwal and Surjit Singh Atwal honored students from the Indian community with 4.0 GPA with mementoes and cash prizes. The Punjabi radio host, Asha Sharma, shared hosting the mela with Surinder Mandhali. Singer Sukhdev Sahil entertained the audience with a hilarious song. Harinder Kaur Mandhali, Sharnjit Kaur Dhaliwal and Amandeep Kaur captured the audience with intriguing patriotic poems. Kool Virsa Punjabi Academy of Stockton played a very emotional drama, ‘Gaddari Gulab Kaur,’ the story of a house wife living in a foreign country who broke away from routine life to join the Gaddar party and fight for freedom in India , was applauded by the packed hall. Young girls engrossed the audience with giddha dance. Parmajit Singh and Micky Saran’s bhangra team, as well as the Kerman Bhangra Team amused everyone at the hall. Joga Singh Kafar and Jiti, from Kerman , beautifully sang one song each. The last thrill of the event were exhilarating patriotic songs by famous Harvinder Tharike of England . The whole mela was filmed by Moga Video of Fresno . The pictures of the event can be seen online at mogavideo.com. The family of Baba Bachan Singh Gholian proudly served free meals throughout the mela. Thanks to their spirits nobody left the mela hungry!

Posted on May 06, 2009

Caption & Photographs by R.VimalaVidya

To day
(May 02, 2009 ) from morning the AIDMK is vociferously canvassing for the AIDMK candidate VAIRAM TAMILARASI door to door. The AIDMK Rajya Sabha M.P. Shri S. Anbalagan ,V, M, Shanmugam, Ramu, Ramesh and many women assembled at Ganesapuram and doing door to door canvassing for th AIDMK candidate Vairam Tamilarasi.


Posted on
May 03, 2009

MAY DAY CELEBRATED IN INDIA
  "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

R.VimalaVidya,
Report & Photograph
s

MAY 1st a huge procession was arranged by the coordination committee of all trade Unions including >CITU>KALASI WORKERS>POSTAL>INSURANCE> BSNL >BANK EMPLOYEES.

The procession was presided by R. Subramanian district secretary of CITU.  The procession with band wagons started from the pattanam road and goes around all main streets and reached the New Bus Stand. The May Day meeting was held at bus stand. The state CITU LEADER AND FORMER   M.L.A   K. C. Karunakaran spoken in the meeting .In his speech he elaborately spoken the dangerous attacks on   working class.

Posted on May 02, 2009

VAISAKHI CELEBRATED AT
SHRI GURU RAVIDASS TEMPLE PITTSBURG (CALIFORNIA)

Report by
Dashvinder Paul

The 310 th Anniversary of Khalsa Panth, festival of harvest and happiness was celebrated with great religious fervor at Sri Guru Ravidass temple Pittsburg, Ca on Sunday, April 26 th, 2009.  Sangat in hundreds had gathered to seek Guru's blessings. The program began with the Bhog ceremony of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, followed by “Ardass”. Well-acclaimed Ragi Jathas of Bhai Harblas Singh, Bibi Surjit Kaur, Bibi Kamaljit Kaur, Bibi Satnam Kaur and Dhaddi Jatha of Gurnam Singh Bhandal adornd the Kirtan Darbar and mesmerized the sangat with their great kirtan, dhadi-wars, knowledge of Sikh history and importance of vaisakhi day - all pointing to the great courage of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. " Waho Waho Gobing Singh Ji....Aape Guru Chela

General Secretary Kamal Dev Pall and Dr. Harmesh Kumar made a reflection at the history when apart from fighting the political tyranny, Guru Gobind Singh also sought to eliminate social discriminations in the name of caste with the establishment of Khalsa Panth and gave all Sikhs an opportunity to live lives of courage, sacrifice, and equality and said

Valiant is acclaimed, he who champions the cause of the downtrodden.

President Som Bhatia and Chairman Satpaul Surila thanked the entire Sangat for their participation in this program and also to the dedicated sewadar family of Bhai Kashmiri Bhatia and Bibi Kamaljit Kaur Bhatia for providing Akhand Path and Langer Sewa and installing the new ceiling fans and lights in side the praying hall. This family was honored with a Siropa by the managing committee. The " Ardaas" marked the end of the program Guru Ka Parshad was distributed followed by the " Guru ka Langar"

Posted on April 28, 2009

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Vancouver ( Canada ) will celebrate Bharat Rattan Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s 118th Birth Anniversary on April 26th, 2009 and will pay tribute to Babu Mangu Ram Muggowalia on his 29 th death anniversary at Shri Guru Ravidass Temple, 7271 Gilley Avenue , Burnaby BC Canada V5J 4W9 For more information please contact: Tel: 604-435-9997

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DR. AMBEDKAR JAYANTI CELEBRATION

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York will celebrate Bharat Rattan Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 118 th Birth Anniversary on April 19 th, 2009 at Shri Guru Ravidass Temple, 61-01 Broadway Woodside NY 11377.
For more information please contact: Shri Guru Ravidass Temple, Phone number is (718) 898-8150.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT
SHRI GURU RAVIDASS TEMPLE

PITTSBURG (CALIFORNIA)

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR
ON APRIL 18 (SATURDAY)

The 118 th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Rattna, Architect of Indian Constitution and Champion of Human Rights Baba Sahib Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar will be commemorating at Shri Guru Ravidass Temple Pittsburg ( California ) on Saturday, April 18 th, 2009. On this special occasion there will be Mr. M S Bahal (UK) and Mrs. Kamlesh Ahir (Canada) as a Guest Speakers.

Sangat is humbly requested to participate in this great function and pay their respect to this prominent leader.  Langer Sewa for this celebration will be provided by dedicated workers of BAMCEF.

WEEKLY KIRTAN APRIL 19, 2009 (SUNDAY)

Waheguru blessed family of Bhai Ranjit Singh Gogi will perform  Langer and Parshad Sewa at Guru Ghar on Sunday, April 19 th 2009.  This devoted family dedicates this Sewa to seek Satguru’s kind blessings for the birthday of their son Manvir Singh and humbly request the entire sangat to join them in this celebration.  May Satguru fulfill the cherished desires of this family

VAISAKHI CELEBRATION

THE CREATION OF KHALSA, FESTIVAL OF HARVEST AND HAPPINESS 

Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha will celebrate the 310 th Anniversary of Khalsa Panth at Guru Ghar with recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib beginning on Friday, April 24 th and concluding with Bhog ceremony on Sunday, April 26 th, 2009.  On this auspicious occasion, Waheguru blessed family of Bhai Kashmiri Bhatia and Bibi Kamaljit Kaur Bhatia will perform Akhand Path and Langer Sewa to express their humble thanks to Waheguru for good health, happiness and prosperity of their family.  May Akal Purkh keep this devoted parivar in chardi kala and sanctify them with continue success in their business. The entire sangat is humbly requested to join in the celebration of this holy festival with family, friends and relatives.  Well-acclaimed Ragi Jathas will adorn this Kirtan Darbar.   

Posted on April 14, 2009

 

SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH,
RAJGURU, AND SUKHDEV REMEMBERED

By Chetna Association of Canada

 

A discussion group was hosted by Chetna Association of Canada to pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on March 23, the day of their martyrdom. 

The general secretary of the association, Gurmit Singh Sathi, said much more needs to be learned about the Shaheed-e-azam- who gave his life not only so his countrymen could have economic liberation, but could also live as equal citizens.  Singh also made a reference to increased interests in the younger generation to study writings of Bhagat Singh who see Bhagat Singh as a genuine humanist.  

Representing Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Vancouver ( Canada ), Bill Basra (president) also echoed similar sentiments and praised Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru and said they played a very important role in the Indian freedom movement.

The president of Chetna Association, Surinder Ranga, said more needs to done to better understand Shaheed Bhagat Singh, and not just on March 23, and thanked all members and guests for joining the discussion group.

Posted on March 24, 2009

MR. NASRULLAH GHILZAI, DIRECTOR SGRHF PASSED AWAY
Ambedkartimes pays floral tributes to beloved Mr. Nasrullah Ghilzai and sends condolences to his family and fellow missionaries.

Mr. Nasrullah Ghilzai, Director SGRHF died on Saturday night on 15. 03.2009. It is no doubt a great loss for the whole team of SGRHF. He was a well-known, widely traveled journalist and scholar, committed to social uplift of the downtrodden and deprived people of not only Pakistan but of the whole South Asian region. Mr. Nasrullah Ghilzai, following the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar has been striving for social equality, liberty and fraternity to all people of the region irrespective of caste, creed and color. He devoted his whole life to this noble cause.

Ambedkartimes.com pays tribute to Mr. Nasrullah Ghilzai who was a well known journalist, scholar and committed to the uplift of the downtrodden people. Professor Yousaf Irfan is now the acting director of SGRHF, Lahore ( Pakistan).

Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor)
(www.ambedkartimes.com
)
Posted on March 20, 2009

Condolence from Panjab University Chandigarh


It is really sad to know that a great friend and well wisher of the downtrodden had left for his heavenly abode. I have the honour to interact with Nasrullah Sahib very recently on e-mail and been moved by his deep concern to know more and more about Dalit writings in India . I sent him a few. He was in the process of organizing an international seminar on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in Lahore . I am confident that SGRHF will fulfill the task successfully. My condolences to SGRHF and the bereaved family

Ronki Ram (Dr.)
Chair, Department of Political Science
Panjab University, Chandigarh ( India ).
Posted on March 20, 2009

HONORABLE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA
MR. K.G. BALAKRISHNAN IN BELARUS

Honorable Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan  visited Belarus on an official visit from March 11-14, 2009 . In the photo, Chief Justice Balakrishnan and Mrs. Balakrishnan are standing with Ambassador of India to Belarus Mr. Ramesh Chander and Mrs. Chander at India House in Minsk on March 13, 2009

Posted on March 18, 2009

SHRI GURU RAVIDASS’S 632ND BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The members of  Shri Guru Ravidass International Organisation Human Rights , from the left Harvinder Singh, Jaswinder Jassal, Manjit Singh, Nirmal Sallan Jiwan Singh, Kewal Kailey, Kulwinder S Nigah

Shri Guru Ravidass International Organisation Human Rights kindly invite you all to celebrate 632 nd birth anniversary of Sahib Shri Guru Ravidass Ji Maharaj on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm) in the House of Common Parliament Hill at 200 West Block Ottawa, Canada.

Posted on March 16, 2009


Late Banti Ralh

MRS. BANTI RALH PASSED AWAY

Ambedkartimes.com is shocked to hear about the death of Mrs. Banti Ralh who was the mother of Sewak Dass and Bhai Harblas Singh, Granthi of Shri Guru Ravidass Temple Pittsburgh (California). She was over hundred years old. The Bhog ceremony will be on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 at Shri Guru Ravidass Temple Pittsburgh (California). Once again Ambedkartimes and Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburgh pay tribute to Late Mata Banti Ralh. We also send our condolence to Ralh family, relatives, and friends on their biggest loss.

Ambedkartimes and Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburgh, California
Posted on March 07, 2009

CONFERENCE: CASTE AND INDIAN CHRISTIAN DIASPORA

Saturday, 21st March, 2009 (10:00 to 16:30 hrs)
Conference Theatre, Saturn Facilities, 101 Lockhurst Lane , Coventry , CV6 5SF

Programme

10:00-10:30 : Conference Registration, Tea and Coffee
10:30-10:35: Welcome by Davinder Prasad, General Secretary, CasteWatch UK
10:35-10:40: Conference Introduction by Conference Chairman Mr. Ramesh Alexander
10:40-10:50 : Councillor Ram Lakha (Labour) - Ex Lord Mayor of Coventry
10:50-11:00 : Mr Samuel Masih , General Secretary, Indian Christian Concern ( UK )
11:00 -11.10: Mr Rob Marris MP , Wolverhampton South West
11:10-11:20: Mr David Webb, Ex Chairman, Community Relations Council, Birmingham
11:20-11:30 : Dr Charan Bunger , Founder Trustee, GREAT (Guru Ravidass Educational Assistance Trust)
11:30-11:40Councillor Elias Mattu, Labour, Wolverhampton City Council
11:40-11:50: Mr Virender Sharma MP , Member of Joint Committee on Human Rights, UK Parliament
11:50-12:00 : Mr Michael Poselay, Barrister and Prison Governor
12.00-12.20: Mr Moses Parmar , All India Christian Council (India)
12.20-13.00: Lunch Break, Pandora Suite
13:00-13:10 : Dr William Sidhu , Chairman, Asian Christian Fellowship, Coventry
13:10-13:30 : Professor Bipin Kumar Jojo , Centre for Social Justice and Governance Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai , India
13.30-13.40: Mr Eric Masih, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bedford
13:40-13:50: Councillor Jas Parmar, Conservative, Kempston South, Bedford
13:50-14:00: Mr Gian Chand Ghaiwal, Central Valmik Sabha (UK-International)
14:00-14:10: Mr Joel Masih, Evangelist, Global Ministry of Christian Faith, Bradford
14:10-14:20: Mr M J Alam Shah, President, Coventry Asian Christian Association and Vice President, Federation of Pakistani Christians (UK)
14:20-15:00 : Tea Break
15:00-15:50: Question and Answer Session. Panel discussion
15:50-16:00 : Vote of Thanks byMr Davinder Prasad, General Secretary, CasteWatchUK
16.00-16.30: Networking

Posted on March 04, 2009

DALIT HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS CONFERENCE ON FEBRUARY 25, 2009 IN NEW DELHI

Press Conference on 25 th February 2009 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at Press Club of India, Raisena Road, Opposite Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi.

Special Component Plan (SCP), which was introduced in 1979 to enable Dalits get the fruits of development of India . But, various regimes during the last 27 years willfully neglected to adhere to the guidelines of SCP and around Rs. 4,05,000 crores were denied to Dalits during the last 27 years. In this context, National Dalit Forum (NDF) which is working for the Dalit human rights across 15 states of India organized a Round Table of Members of Parliament on 24 th February 2009 .

Irrespective of political party affiliations, the Round Table of MPs expressed concern over the blatant negligence of the governments to adhere the guidelines for the effective implementation of SCP and came up with charter of demands.

In this context NDF is organizing a Press Conference on 25 th February 2009 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at Press Club of India , Raisena Road , Opposite Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi to share the highlights of the Round Table. You are invited to attend the Press Conference and provide extensive coverage to the concerns of the Dalit communities expressed in the Round Table.

Posted on February 25, 2009 (Time 1:29am)

 
A FAREWELL FUNCTION WAS HELD IN EDINBURGH FOR MR. RAMESH CHANDER, AS AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO BELARUS
 

Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau: On transfer of Mr. Ramesh Chander, Consul General of India in Edinburgh ( Scotland) to Minsk as Ambassador of India to Belarus, a Farewell function was held in Edinburgh on February 2, 2009. Lord Provost of Edinburgh Rt. Hon'ble George Grubb graced the occasion. In the photograph (Left) the Dean of the Edinburgh Consular Corps and Consul General of the Czech Republic Dr. Paul Miller is presenting a Memento to Mr. Ramesh Chander (Right) Consul General Ramesh Chander thanking the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and Lady Grubb and (Bottom) On transfer as Ambassador of India to Belarus , Consul General Ramesh Chander is being felicitated at farewell function by the Guru Ravidass Community in Glasgow on February 8, 2009 .

Posted on February 10, 2009

 

KI KHATIA KI KAMAYA PARDESI HOKE

The Consul General of India in Edinburgh Ramesh Chander released the Book "Ki Khatia Ki Kamaya Pardesi hoke" compiled by Mr. Gurdeep Singh Puri of the Scottish Asian Punjabi News Agency, Glasgow on January 16, 2009. He was also presented with a copy of the special number of the Punjabi magazine “The Sahib" issued to celebrate the "Guruta Gadi Anniversary". Consul General is flaked by (left to right) Shri Gurdeep Puri, Shri Tara Singh Alam, Editor of the Sahib, Shri Gurmail Singh Dhillon, President of Association of Indian Organisations in Glasgow and Shri Ranjit Singh Rana.

Posted on February 7, 2009

REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA CELEBRATED
IN EDINBURGH ( SCOTLAND )

Republic Day of India was celebrated in Edinburgh ( Scotland ) with Flag Hoisting ceremony at the residence of Mr. Ramesh Chander, Consul General of India in the morning of January 26, 2009 . Consul General read the Message of the President of India on the occasion to a good gathering of members of the Indian community and friends of India . The congregation came alive with the touch of patriotic and devotional music rendered by the local Indian talent lead by Panchali Bari, Firdausi Reza, Mulakh Raj and also with the poetry recital by Dr. Noor Bharti of Glasgow .

Consul General Mr. Ramesh Chander greeted and congratulated the Indian community on the solemn and happy occasion of India ’s Republic Day. He said that it was a matter of satisfaction that India was on rails in its developmental efforts. He added that we need to guard ourselves against the fissiparous tendencies and communal divide. Only then India would be able to withstand and face the future challenges. Consul General, referring to the recently held Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi , gave an overview of the decisions and initiatives of the Government of India to engage the diaspora in shaping the future of our country.

The Association of Indian Organizations and the Scottish Indian Cultural & Festival Committee, Glasgow had together collected an amount of £1000 for being donated to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The cheque was handed over by Mr. Amrit Pal Kaushal, General Secretary (AIO) along with Mr. Raj Nayyer, Treasurer (AIO) to the Consul General for onward transmission to India .

Posted on 26 January 2009


Consul General Mr. Ramesh Chander
reading out the message of the President of India
at the Flag Hoisting ceremony in Edinburgh

RAMESH CHANDER,
CONSUL GENERAL OF INDIA IN EDINBURGH
APPOINTED AMBASSADOR TO BELARUS


C. L. Chumber

Mr. Ramesh Chander, Consul General of India in Edinburgh ( Scotland) will move to Minsk as Ambassador of India to Belarus to succeed Mr. Rajendra Kumar Tyagi as per the Press Release issued on 9th instant by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.  He is likely to take up his new assignment shortly. Mr. Chander is an officer of 1984 batch of the Indian Foreign Service.

Mr. Ramesh Chander (Mahey) was born in 1950 AD at Bootan Mandi, Jalandhar City ( Punjab) in an Adi-Dharami family and graduated from the DAV College, Jalandhar City, Punjab University Chandigarh in 1970 AD.  He is a career diplomat (1984 batch of IFS).   

      Mr. Ramesh Chander has been appointed the Ambassador of India to Belarus.  He is likely to take up his assignment at Minsk ( Belarus) shortly.  Currently he is the Consul General of India in Edinburgh , Scotland, since April 2007.  Prior to Edinburgh, Mr. Chander has served in various diplomatic positions: Minister in the Embassy of India, Prague (Czech Republic); Counselor in the Embassy of India, Tokyo (Japan); Director Central Asia Division in the Minister of External Affairs, New Delhi; First Secretary/Charge d’Affaires in Embassy of India, Kampala (Uganda); First Secretary/ Charge d’Affaires in the Embassy of India, Stockholm (Sweden); Under Secretary East Europe Division in Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, Second Secretary/Acting Assistant High Commissioner in Kandy, Sri Lanka; Commercial Attaché in the Embassy of India, Sanaa (Yemen); Protocol Officer in the PM’s Office/MEA and Administrative Attaché in the Embassy of India, Beijing (China).

      Mr. Ramesh Chander is married with Vidya Chander and they have three children (2 sons and a daughter). We congratulate Mr. Ramesh Chander for this rare promotion.

Posted on January 13, 2009

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BABU MANGU RAM MUGOWALIA’S
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY WILL CELEBRATE AS
SELF – INSPIRATION DAY
BY UNITED DALIT STUDENT’S FORUM

"Those people are GREAT, who are awakened towards the duties in which they are born."...... Babasaheb Ambedkar the Great!

Dear Friends,
Jai Bhim

The United Dalit Students' Forum UDSF is glad to inform that on the occassion of Babu Mangu Ram's Birth Anniversary, (14 Jan.), which  is celebrated  as  Self-Inspiration Day, a well known personality, Gail Omvedt,  will be there among us for a post-dinner talk at Chandrabhaga Hostel Mess by 9.00 pm on  January 14 , 2009. All are requested to be present on time for the programme.
Thanks

In Mission
United Dalit Students' Forum (UDSF)
Jawaharlal Nehru University , New Delhi .


This picture was taken when Lahori Ram was awarded with the International Dalit Rattna Award

LAHORI RAM (COMMISSIONER)
PASSED AWAY

Ambedkartimes Group is shocked to hear about the death of Lahori Ram who was recently presented with the International Dalit Rattna Award at the conference in New York . He was one of the first Indo-Americans to be appointed to the high level commissions in California like California Transportation Commission, California Trade, Technology, Commerce Commission and the Economic Development Commission for the state of California . He was also one of the founder members of Shri Guru Ravidass Temple (Shri Guru Ravidass First Temple in North America ), California . Ambedkartimes group sends its condolence to Lahori Ram’s family, relatives and friends on their biggest loss.

Prem Kumar Chumber
Editor: www.ambedkartimes.com and www.ambedkartimes.org
Posted on January 11, 2009

A Tribute to dear Lahori Ram

Dr Ronki Ram
Chairman Department of Political Science, Panjab University Chandigarh India.
(Cell): 09872861290 E-mail: <ronkiram@yahoo.co.in>

My sincere sympathies with the family and the entire dear and near of Mr. Lahori Ram whose parting away from us is certainly an irreparable loss to the community and the mission. I got the opportunity to interact with him during the International Dalit Conference in Vancouver, Canada, May 16-18, 2003 and also in June 2008 during my visit to California at the residence of CPA Shri Amrik Chand Lakha along with the Editor-in-Chief of <ambedkartimes.com> Mr. Prem Chumber. He was a great man of compassion, conviction and courage. I found in him a dedicated missionary who was always ready to do something for the community. He had also roped in the mission his entire family. His advocate sons are thoroughly ingrained in the culture to carry on his mission and legacy. Mr. Lahori Ram was an engaged conversationist. He had the rare quality to enthuse the group for positive thinking. He was also a great philanthropist. He will always be remembered fondly for his dedication and contributions to various community projects in North America. He had a dream to see his people forming their own government in the state of Punjab and to provide an efficient system of good governance. Let the dream come true one day!

Posted on January 13, 2009

 

AWAKE, ARISE, EDUCATE & SMASH TRADITIONS – LIBERATE!

UNITED STUDENT’S FORUM
CELEBRATES WOMEN’S LIBERATION DAY

UDSF celebrates 179 th Birth Anniversary of Kranti jyoti Savitribai Phule on 03 rd January 2009 as Women’s Liberation Day and acknowledges her contribution to shatter the brahminical traditions and patriarchal system.

PROGRAMME

An Open Discussion on Indian Feminism, Date: 3 rd January 2009 Venue and Time, GODAVARI HOSTEL MESS (9.00 PM sharp). All are Cordially Invited

Central Committee (UDSF)

Posted on January 02, 2008

MAYAWATI’S REGIME
IS A RAJ OF JUSTICE, NOT GOONDA RAJ:

Vancouver:- Arrest of BSP MLA Tewari for his involvement of Killing an engineer proves that UP Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati is a person of integrity and we commend her for taking not only the appropriate action, but doing so in a timely manner, said Bill Basra, president of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Vancouver).  
 
Was it fallout of dispute between fellow engineers, or the engineer was killed for not giving funds for Ms. Mayawati's birthday bash, will remail unknown- at least for now or until it comes out during the trial. 
 
What is important is that as soon as Ms. Mayawati learned of Tewari's involvement in the killing of a civil servant, she took the appropriate actions and suspended MLA Tewari from her party and handed him over to the authorities.   This is one of the rare incidents when the head of the state took immediate action against one her MLA’s, perhaps unlike what has been seen in other parts of India.
 
Mayawati has reaffirmed that her regime is a Raj of Justice, not Goonda Raj as has been the case under other regimes. 
 
 
All the best to Ms. Mayawati for restoring confidence in democracy and that too, in face of all odds.

Posted on December 26, 2008

Ambedkartimes.com wishes all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

NO NEED FOR CBI PROBE: UTTAR PRADESH CHIEF MINISTER MAYAWATI
Former Governor of Punjab Lt. Col. BKN Chhiber joins BSP
Posted on December 26, 2008
UP BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari in 14 day Judicial Custody.
Posted on December 26, 2008
Samajvaadi Janta Party workers indulge in stone throwing and violent protest against death of Engineer Manoj K. Gupta.
Posted on December 26, 2008

BSP'S GROWTH IS BAD NEWS FOR CONGRESS, BJP
http://in.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/15column-bsps-growth-is-bad-news-for-congress-bjp.htm

ANTULAY TWISTS HIS REMARKS OVER KARKARE
http://in.news.yahoo.com/241/20081218/1258/tnl-antulay-twists-his-remarks-over-kark_1.html

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE GREAT EMANCIPATORS MAHATMA PHULE - DR. AMBEDKAR

OMNI DEVELOPMENT RELIEF FUND , USA invites you for a talk on
“The liberation of Movement of Phule Ambedkar and its future vision”

Guest of Honor: Dr. Gail Omvedt ( Fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced )
She is an American born Indian scholar, sociologist and human rights activist. Omvedt has been involved in Dalit and anti farmers' and women's movements.
Venue: 126, New Port lane, North Wales PA 19454 on December 6th 2008, 10.30 a.m.

Satyajit Somvanshi 267-303-4743, Pravin Lawande 267-663-9390

DR. AMBEDKAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE OF GREAT BRITAIN
INVITES ALL MEMBERS, SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS

My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can loose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality.

On Bodhisattva Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar’s Death Anniversary 52nd commemoration Day Sunday December 7 th, 2008, Time: 2:00pm- 5:00p,At Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Community Center upper Zoar Street Pennfields, Wolverhampton

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jai Bheem,

Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain will be commemorating Death Anniversary of Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who passed away on the December 6 th, 1956. Dr. Ambedkar dedicated his whole life for the uplift of the Dalits and the down trodden depressed classes of India. Let us join together and pay homage to this Great Leader. You are therefore cordially invited to attend this commemoration along with your families and friends and pay tribute to one of India’s greatest peaceful revolutionary of modern times. Food will be offered at the Buddha Vihara from noon onwards

For further information:
please contactPublicity Secretary
Mr. Khusvinder Kumar on 07886780331
Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain
Upper Zoar Street, Pennfields, Wolverhampton WV3OJH Tel: 01902715094

Posted on December 04, 2008

New Zealand Prime Minister Launched GOPIO Chapters on Oct. 4th

Davinder Rahal

A gala dinner banquet at 5-star Stamford Plaza Hotel in Auckland on October 4, 2008 was a historic occasion for GOPIO International when Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, officially launched GOPIO New Zealand.

Besides the Chief Guest Helen Clark, her two cabinet colleagues, Education Minister Chris Carter and Trade Minister Phil Goff were the guests of honor. Other dignitaries attending the function included Parliament Member Lockwood Smith, India Trade Group Chairperson Dr. Richard Worth, Human Resource Commissioner Joris de Bres, Deputy Chief of Mission Kunal Roy of Indian Embassy, Judge Ajit Singh and former chief commissioner of the Families Commission Dr. Rajen Prasad.

GOPIO Auckland South under the leadership of President Davinder Singh Rahal (Justice of the Peace) community leader in Auckland and has been able to convince people to become executive members and members. The honorable Prime Minister Helen Clark presented a certificate to President Davinder Singh Rahal ( Justice of the Peace) for his leadership of GOPIO.

Posted on November 08, 2008

November 01, 2008 (Saturday)
AIOBC, KUDUMBA VIZHA (FAMILY GET-TOGETHER)
PERIYAR 130 - ANNA 100 BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

AIOBC FEDERATION FAMILY GET-TOGETHER

1 st November, 2008 Saturday 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Russian Cultural Centre, (Near Hotel Chola),
Cathedral Road , Chennai

5.30 P.M. : MAGIC SHOW by M.A. Giridharan,
6.30 P.M. : Programme by Ina Nalam Troupe
“Rumour Palam (Bridge)”,

7.30 P.M. : Quiz Programme to OBC Students on

Subjects related to Social Justice.

7.45 P.M. Special Address by:

Prof. Supa. Veerapandian, A. Vandiyadhevan
8.30 P.M. : Dinner

All are invited
&

Organised by:

ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES,
EMPLOYEES WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS
139 BROADWAY, CHENNAI-600 108

PH: 044-23460725 / 938 100 7998


Posted on October 26, 2008

MR. AND MRS. C. L. CHUMBER THE BEST SEWADARS
AWARDEES OF THE ADI DHARAM COMMUNITY!



Mr. Harbans Singh Heera, the president of the Adi Dharam Brotherhood UK and his wife visited Mr. C. L. Chumber’s residence on Adi-Maha Bhagwan Valmiki `s Gurpurb on 14th October, 2008. He appreciated the contributions of Mr. C. L. Chumber for the last 35 years in the development of the Adi Dharam community. He also commended Mrs. Santosh Kumari Chumber’s contribution in education of the Adi Dharam community. Mr. and Mrs. Heera said that Mr. and Mrs. Chumber set an example of educating their own family by pledging their home with the bank and produced one daughter securing MBA of Wales University, (UK) and other daughter securing B.Sc. (Hons) software engineering from the Westminster University, London (UK) and a son securing 4 years bachelor in multimedia (Electronic Media, Print Media and Animation) with 83% marks over all and 98% marks in 8th semester. They are now managers in MNCS.


Mr. and Mrs. Harbans Singh Heera awarded Mr. C.L. Chumber and Mrs. S. K. Chumber as “the best Sewadar of the Adi Dharam community “with memento and photograph of Adi Mahaguru Ravidass Ji. Mrs. and Mr. C. L. Chumber also applauded the contribution of Mrs. and Mr. Harbans Singh Heera and the Adi Dharam Brotherhood UK. Mr. Heera and his Adi Dharam Brotherhood UK invited Baba Mangu Ram Muggowalia to U.K. in 1976 AD to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Adi Dharam Mandal. Mrs. and Mr. C. L. Chumber honoured Mrs. and Mr. H. S. Heera with Siropas.

Posted on October 23, 2008

AJIT CHAND 'NIMTA' PASSED AWAY

Ambedkartimes pays floral tributes to beloved Ajit Chand Nimta Ji
and sends condolences to his family and fellow missionaries.

Ambedkartimes.com shares its deep grief over the untimely passing away of Ajit Chand 'Nimta', our beloved Ambedkarite and a true follower of Guru Ravidass Ji Maharaj, on 13th October 2008. I have the honour of close association with Nimita ji. We worked together during the preparing of Ambedkar Chitrawali I&II. We also used to go to Sanghol during excavations on the famous Buddhists site in 1980s. He pinned down many books of poetry especially on the contributions of Guru Ravidass and Dr. Ambedkar towards the uplift of the Dalits. One can easily count his following famous literally works: Ambedkar Kavitawali,Ambedkar Darpan, Sri Guru Ravidass Chamatkar, Amarbani Sri Guru Ravidass, Sat Bhakhe Ravidass, Kamn Dian Gallan,Kar Diya Kamaal, Azhe Vi Saddhe Naal, Razatan to Rajan, Asi Kaun de Kaun, and Hashe Khushian Kheran. His book on Ambedkar Kavitawali is recommended for the Colleges, Higher Secondary, High Schools and Social Studies Centres of Punjab wide
letter no. 3/62-72, dated 18-11-1976 isuued by Books Director Education Department of Punjab State. Nimita ji was an active member of Ambedkar Mission Parchar Sabha (Jalandhar).

Ambedkartimes pays floral tributes to beloved Ajit Chand Nimta Ji and sends condolences to his family and fellow missionaries.

Prem Kumar Chumber
(Editor: www.ambedkartimes.com)

Posted on October 23, 2008

Dr. Ambedkar's Conversion to Buddhism
a milestone In the history of India

Jai Birdi



Chetna Association of Canada in collaboration with the Langara college (Vancouver) has scheduled a session to reflect on one of the most prominent milestones in the history of India: Dr. Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism.
 
Who was Dr. Ambedkar, why was conversion essential, and why the conversions to other religions in India, evn though allowed legally, are restricted and discouraged will be raised through video presentation and discussions. 
 
The session will be on October 14 from 10:30 am to 11:25 am in building A, room A338 of Langara College, 49 Avenue in Vancouver.  
 
The 'A' building is the original classroom building facing 49th Ave. After parking, enter from 49th, or just make your way to the main lobby on the ground floor of the 'A' building and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. Room 338 is on the north side of the building.

Posted on October 13, 2008

 

MELA GHADRI BABE

(Top Left) Chandan, well known punjabi folk singer and more  

The Mela in the memory of Ghaddar Party was held on September 28, 2008 at Regency Palace , Clovis (Fresno, California). About 800 people participated from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM . The whole function was to pay tribute to the revolutionary groups ( Gadar party, Kuka lehar, Babbar Akali Lehar, S Bhagat Singh, S. Udham Singh, I.N.A., and 1857 revolution). More information coming soon...
For news in Punjabi, please click here: www.ambedkartimes.org

Here are the pictures from Indo-US Gadri Mela Fresno 2008. Photos: Omni Video of Bakersfield Shiara Singh Dhindsa
Posted on October 01, 2008

 

BANGLA DALIT SAHITYA SANSTHA's
ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Manohar Mouli Biswas
General Secretary, Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha, Kolkata
Contact :+919433390044


Kolkata: Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha is an organization dedicatedly working amongst the Dalit communities of West Bengal for last one and half-a-decade for the promotion of the literary and cultural activities. Some people are engaged in the creative writing about the socio-economic and religious-cultural affairs of their own. They write short stories, poetries and novels on different items associated with their life. A few are also there who write dramas on the current issues in respect of their deprivation and tortures upon them. They take part in the cultural programs through staging of their dramas. There are also some singers who compose the songs in their own fashion in the Ambedkarian philosophy and political ethics. The writers associated with this organization have their own window of publishing books in the Calcutta book market itself. There is no financer to support but what they generally do they publish books from the expense of his or her own pocket. These are done not with any profiting outlook. They publish one quarterly literally little magazine ‘CHATURTHA DUNIA’ by name. The name of the shop where from this magazine is published is Chaturtha Dunia; stall no 22, Bhabani Dutta Lane, Kolkata-700 073.


The annual conference of BDSS had held in the afternoon of 28.09.2008 at BK-3, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 091. Dr. Gunadhar Barman, President of BDSS presided over the meeting. Mr. Manohar Mouli Biswas, General Secretary of BDSS placed an elaborate account of activities throughout the year2007-08 in writing before the house. The house got it accepted after slight addition and alteration. Then Ms Kalyani Thakur, Cashier/ Kosadhaksha of the Sanstha submitted the account of expenditure of this financial year and the same was also accepted by the house. As per the program made long earlier, a special issue (Volume 29) of the Chaturtha Dunia was released in the function on Dr. Anil Ranjan Biswas, a versatile scholar in the field of Arts, Cultures, Laws, Philosophy and different thoughtful writings. This commemorative job has been done by the Sahitya Sanstha after the demise of Dr. Biswas 3 years back at the age of his ninety. DALIT MIRROR, a bi-monthly literary magazine in English Language is also edited by Mr. Manohar Mouli Biswas from 651, V.I.P. Nagar, Kolkata-700100 (website : dalitmirror.com ). A recent copy of the same has come out. The meeting was ended after forming the new executive committee for functioning in the coming single couple of years.

Posted on September 30, 2008

Punjabi Literature Publication Trust
held its third annual meeting


Pictures: Gaganjot Singh & report by Kuljit S Rai

The Punjabi Literature Publication Trust (PLPT) America (Regd.) held its third annual meeting at Raja Sweets in Union City of California (USA). The trust was founded in 2005 by late Jung Sigh Ji Giani and Azad Jalandhary. The mission of PLPT is to select quality literature by writers worldwide who may not be able to publish their works due to lack of finances. Trust selects the literature, raises the funds, publishes the book (s) and distributes to literature lovers across the world, free of charge.

This meeting held on Sept. 21 2008 was attended by devoted literaries from all over the  United States, and Canada. In this meeting two books recently published by the trust were released. "Aina" by Dr. D.R. Dhawan was released by S Harbhajan S. Bains and "Mehak Jahi Muskan" by S HS Bains was released by Dr. Hardev S. Managat. Book release ceremonies were followed by a well attended and well enjoyed Kavi Darvar. About two Dozen Poets recited poems, Gazals and sang songs.

Attendees vocally appreciated the good work by the trust and encouraged the Trust Mgt team and the members to continue fulfilling it's mission. It was said that Punjabi associations have been in place for quite a long time to promote and celebrate Punjabi Culture and Literature BUT this is the first of its' kind organization that is devoted to publishing and distributing quality literature.

Trust Mgt Team, members and trustees wish to THANK scores of people who attended this event and made it a great success. We promise to bring you all more quality publications in the future. Also in the near future PLPT will be introducing a very unique and quality Web Site to bring  good literature to literaires across the world via the inter-net
 

Posted on September 28, 2008

Khairlanji Massacre:
Charter of Demands from the Citizens 

The Khairlanji Massacre of 2006 brought out ugly facts of the caste based discrimination and violence. During the trial the caste angle was brought into the notice of the Honourable Judge. The Khairlanji massacre is the straightforward and clear case of caste atrocity. There are special provisions under the Prevention of Atrocities Act. This act is not supposed to act as a safeguard but enforces the constitutional mandate abolition of untouchability. Four members of the Bhotmange Family were brutally killed, but what happened before the killings will even put the barbarians in shame. It was the maniac mob that stripped the women naked and paraded them. Though the honourable court has ruled out the molestation of women, the simple fact that the bodies were found naked should be enough to attract the provisions of outraging the modesty of mother and her only daughter.

Priyanka, the brightest child, had a dream to live a better world and her dream was shattered by the caste minded people. The murder of the family by the mob is not just a murder, but it is plot masterminded and preplanned. The fact that the murders did not take place due to forced circumstances, but by the preplanning should be suffice enough to show that there was some underlying intention. The underlying intention became obvious when the perpetrators heaped caste abuse when the most horrific incidence that sent shock waves throughout India and the world.
 
What followed after the incidence is a classic case of defunct Police administration, corrupt politicians & government officials colluding together and utter silence of the media in the beginning. The justice machine moved only when the activists and civil society responded. The media not only intervened positively afterwards, but the debates and discussion on the atrocities and caste discrimination began on the national level. This is a very positive development and the highest official, the Prime Minister, acknowledged the fact of the hidden apartheid in India.  

And what was done by the civil right activists, media and conscious citizens of India was undone by the Judicial inactivism. The Khairlanji Massacre case should not only have made Judiciary more active, but also proactive role in safegurading the rights of the discriminated communities in India. The Parliament have made laws to protect the discriminated communities and the Judiciary is unmaking those laws.
The common citizens of India have right not only to condemn the laws which takes away their human rights, which are the foundation of our country, but they have also right to defend the rights that are flowing from the Constitution of India. In India, the constitution is supreme and the Judiciary must act in accordance with the law of the land.  


We, the undersigned members of Indian Republic, are outraged to learn that caste Hindus, through their predecessors in interest in power, played a role in perpetuating enslavement and untouchability of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes for 3000 years.  
 
According to various reports of government of India and other research many Caste Hindus are accused of benefiting from: propagating untouchability, torturing Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe to keep them enslaved, stealing their labor, raping their women, and treating them like inhuman. All of this was done for social-economic and political gain of caste Hindus.  
 
The protective actions on part of government are insufficient to ensure justice and human treatment of SC/ST community in free India. We expect strong and sincere efforts by the government in power for establishing justice, liberty, equality, and freedom to all its citizen.  We believe that all citizen of Indian Nation are equal before law and before government. India is boasting high about its economic boom and also periodically we stand as a nation for the rights of humanity and peace. Eg. Recent protest against China saying they are violating the rights of Tibetans, but what about our own people who are treated less than animal in the free country.

 
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe population is still struggling to overcome the vestiges of caste — discrimination in housing, employment, education, economic development opportunities, and healthcare opportunities, to name a few.  


The caste pride, social-economic status of few people is valued at the cost of killing, raping, and trafficking Scheduled Caste/Tribes women, men and children. We demand that India as nation and Maharashtra State has to take up responsibility for historical crimes against humanity.  
 
We urge that strong and immediate action must be taken with public apology for crime of caste and untouchability. In addition we as a citizen of this country demand reparation for this age old slavery and untouchability.  
Demands:

  • Police:
    • Representation of SC/ST officer- preferably women SC/ST officer with good record must be placed at each police station that is empowered to register the case under SC/ST POA Act 1989.
    • Equal representation of SC/ST on each Police officers rank.
    • 1/3 of the police higher administration must represent SC/ST officers and they must not be transferred on random basis.
    • Every forth subsequent state DGP must be from SC/ST community
    • According to Supreme Court apex directive on police reform, each state must set up State Security Commission. The State Security Commission will be chaired by the state Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister with a Director General of Police as its secretary. A leader of Opposition as well as a woman and another non- government member will also serve on the panel. Two third of the member of the commission must be from SC/ST communities.
Judiciary
  • Representation of SC/ST  judges and lawyers in public prosecution
  • The cases where Caste based violence and or violence/crime against SC/ST  occurs must be tabled before judges  bench with adequate representation of SC/ST.
Doctors
  • Qualified and independent doctors preferably women from SC/ST community
  • Regular training
As form of reparation and restitution of 3000 years old untouchability against SC population, Government of Maharashtra/Government of India must apologize and a Comprehensive decent Urban resettlement must be planned of the rural SC population who are under threat or vulnerable to the attacks from caste Hindus. SC ST POA ACT- must be strengthened with comprehensive amendments to include all above points Responsible Media Establishment of Caste Monitoring Commission (unlike SC ST commission) with substantial powers to initiate, monitor, research, and coordinate welfare projects, violent/non violent atrocity cases, anti-discrimination policies in rural/urban labor & employment issues, and other issues related to violation of human rights of SC/ST. District level participatory committee of government and dedicated NGOs lead by SC/ST  communities
  • These NGOs must be engaged at city-village level  administrative and municipal activities/projects
Establishment of 24 hours toll free help line for antidiscrimination acts with strong linkages to the caste monitoring commission. Periodic Comprehensive Need based Training program in coordination with dedicated SC/ST lead NGOs for doctors, police, judicial officers, media personnel, government executives , and for all other concerned machineries. Special budget allocation for all above activities along with transparency with NGOs/peoples representatives
  • We also demand that the following Recommendations from Government of Maharashtra Report after the Khairlanji Massacre should be complied with:

i)  Adequate police protection should be immediately provided to Shri Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, Shri Siddharth Gajbhiye, Shri Rajan Gajbhiye, their relatives and the other Scheduled Caste families of Khairlanji and Dusala villages. 

ii)  Similar police protection be provided to all the witnesses of the incident. 
iii)  In view of a serious neglect of duty by the district administration and police in handling the  Khairlanji incidence, and consequent loss of people's trust in the State machinery, the CBI investigation should be started immediately, and a charge sheet be filled within stipulated time period. 
iv)  A charge-sheet be filed within the stipulated time pried. The aspect of deliberated destruction/omission of  evidence should  be specifically looked into by the investigating agency, and accordingly investigation should be carried out and charges should be fixed on the concerned. 
v)  It is not enough to merely transfer / suspend the officers guilty of neglect of duty in handling the incident.  Such officers should be made co- accused in the criminal proceedings, and an enquiry should also be initiated against them under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. The officers found guilty should be denied all service benefits including pension, gratuity, etc. 
vi)  The medical registration and qualifications of the medical officers including Civil Surgeon who have  committed serious neglect in the post-mortem of Khairlanji victims should be immediately cancelled, and Bhotmange Waiting for Justice they should be subjected to similar penal procedure as the other officers guilty of neglect of duty. 
vii)  Shri Pankaj Gupta, Special Inspector General of Police, Nagpur has made a premature and irresponsible public statement that the Khairlanji incident did not involve  rape on female victims.  It is learnt from the public that Shri Pankaj Gupta accepted a bribe from the interested elements to make such a statement. Similarly, it took 14 days for Shri Gupta to visit Khairlanji, which takes just about an hour's journey to reach from Nagpur. All these matters are extremely serious and hence a discrete confidential enquiry should be initiated against Shri Pankaj Gupta in order to investigate the above matters. 
viii)  A special investigation into the sequence of events including landline and mobile phone calls made, secrete meetings held in and out of the village prior to the incident especially between September, 3 and September, 29 should be conducted with a view to uncover the roots of an organized conspiracy to allow the Khairlanji massacre. 
ix)  The Government should make  it mandatory for the concerned Superintendent of Police and Special Inspector General of Police (Range) as well as Inspector General of Police (PCR) to visit every location of atrocities within 24 hours of incident, and report directly to the Home Department on the visit. The Director General of Police should also visit the location depending on the gravity of the incident. 
x)  Even after handing over of investigation to CBI nothing prevents the Director General of Police from visiting Khairlanji. This will send the right signal to the police machinery  across the State at all levels, and will ensure proper assistance of Police Department to CBI in further investigation. xi)  The decision of handing over the Khairlanji investigation to CID and subsequently to CBI was taken at the highest levels of State Government only in the wake of pressing demands and violent demonstrations by Buddhists and Dalits to this effect. Ideally, the State Government should have proactively established a dialogue with all the important stakeholders in this matter, and initiated the necessary response  suo moto. Such proactive measures need to be taken at the Government level even now. 
xii)  The Vigilance Committee at the State level must meet once in a quarter to constantly review the status of atrocities and should regularly take the appropriate corrective measures. Similarly, the district level Vigilance Committee must meet every month. 
xiii)  Khairlanji incident triggered a lot  of social commotion and protests. Many a protestors have been taken into custody and are subjected to further proceedings. The provisions under which they have been booked should be examined by an independent authority, and fast track courts be established for deciding these cases. 
xiv)  Henceforth, if atrocities indicate the possibility of sexual assault and rape then the following care should  be taken while conducting post- mortem :
a.  The post-mortem must be done by a sufficiently senior, qualified and experienced doctor along with a lady doctor;
b.  Careful examination of genitals of victim along with proper samples of Vaginal Swab, Rectal Swab, Pubic Hair, Nail Clippings of both hands, Blood, etc., be carried out in presence of a qualified lady witness. The samples should be sealed in presence of the lady witness. c.  Photographs of the naked bodies  of victims should be taken for further reference during investigations as the bodies decompose and perish rapidly. 
v)  A Mobile Investigation Van fully equipped with life-saving devices, medicines, and trained doctors and nurses along with senior police personnel should be dispatched to  the concerned location within two hours of reporting of an atrocity. 
vi)  A Standing Committee at the Divisional Level consisting of medico- legal experts, retired judges, retired police officers with proven integrity and character, NGOs, etc., should be constituted to oversee all the aspects of investigation including collection of evidences and witnesses, preparation of charge-sheets, presentation of the case by public prosecutor, etc. 
vii)  The Government should immediately cause to undertake through a neutral agency a survey of all the villages in the State to identify / detect villages  observing untouchability in any form. In order to ensure that no village henceforth indulges in discrimination against Dalits  in any form, a policy decision
needs to be taken at the Government level that any village observing untouchability in any  form shoud not be given any grant by the Government. The Village Panchayat body should be immediately superceded after the incident. The Member of Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti from the concerned area will be suspended immediately after the preliminary investigation establishes commission of offence. 
viii)  In case of reporting of discrimination or atrocities in a village, the village level / local level administrative functionaries such as Talathi, Health Worker, Anganwadi Worker, Gramsevak, Police Sub Inspector, Police Patil, Beat Constable, etc., should also be suspended immediately.
The action taken on the elected representatives and officials should be widely announced and publicized to  send the right signal to the State machinery. The survey should also identify villages with a very small number of Dalit households (within five) and a history of atrocities / communal tensions. The Dalit families from all such village should be rehabilitated along urban fringes with proper provision of schools, water supply, playgrounds and such other amenities as per the State Rehabilitation Law and Policy. Bhandara district can be the starting point for this exercise to be carried out under the Special Component Plan. All disputes around Dalit lands, properties, wages, jobs, loans, etc.,should be proactively tracked and monitored personally by Tehsildar /Sub-divisional Officer under supervision of Collector, and necessarypreventive measures should be taken to prevent the culmination of such disputes into atrocities.   Special Dalit-Vasti-Registers should be maintained for all Dalit settlements across the State, and a system of GIS-based monitoring of such settlements should be evolved  and made available at all the Deserted Hut Collectorates. The Registers should  be regularly updated every six months. 
iii)  Dalit-Vasti-Registers should also include data on a set of objective indicators reflecting latent conditions for atrocities in a village, thus serving as an 'Early Warning System' for taking preventive / preemptive action against a possible outbreak of atrocities. The data should be collected by NGOs or such  other stakeholders not part of the formal administration  system. However, once the data is in place the administration should be held responsible  for the necessary vigilance and preventive steps. 
iv)  Relevant sections of CRPC should be invoked and amended suitably if required, to fix the responsibility of reporting of atrocities / indications of possible atrocities in concerned jurisdictions on the elected representatives such as Sarpanch / Panchayat members, Municipal Councilors, etc. In case the atrocities break out  then these non-officials should be held responsible for their failure in early reporting. 
v)  A 24-hour help-line should be started with the help of NGOs in each district to facilitate emergency response to the incidents of atrocities so as to prevent and minimize the loss of life, property and dignity of the vulnerable section of the society. A special scheme in this regard should be designed and implemented though the Social Welfare Department and Human Rights Commission with  the participation of suitable agencies. Bhotmange's Hut Surrounding xxvi)  A Handbook on Atrocities containing detailed guidelines on the corrective and preventive actions  to be taken by the concerned authorities under the PoA, Act, 1989  be prepared and issued by the Government for ready reference of the administration machinery. 
xxvii) A special Committee should be constituted to evaluate the status of implementation of PoA Act, 1989 in the State of Maharashtra, and possible areas of amendment of the Act (if any) be identified and acted upon by the Government. 
xxviii)  The Committee should also focus on the long-standing issue of 'Low Rate of Conviction' in the cases of atrocities. The necessary action to set up Special Courts as provided in the PoA Act should be taken immediately. 
xxix) Atrocities against SC / ST are often more heinous than terrorist acts. Further, atrocities are often a deliberate and planned way of terrorizing the SC / ST populations, which constitute about 22% of the total national population, i.e., about 250 million persons. Hence  atrocities should be viewed and dealt with on par with terrorism. Provisions of stringent Acts to control organized crime such as POTA, etc., may be extended to such atrocities. 
xxx)  The Section 4 of PoA Act, 1989 should be made cognizable. 
xxxi)  As per Section13 (2) of PoA Act, 1989 adequate representation of SC /ST should be ensured in the police force. 
xxxii) The Nodal Officer under PoA Act, 1989 should be further empowered, and should be provided with definite execution machinery for effectively delivering his responsibilities. The Nodal Officer should also be authorized to write on a plane sheet of paper the confidential reports of the Collector, Superintendent of Police, Special Inspector General of Police (Range) and Inspector General of Police (PCR), which would ultimately be a part of their Annual Confidential Report.   

xxxiii)  A State-wide campaign of training should be initiated for all concerned authorities, functionaries and other stakeholders on the issue of atrocities, and the corrective-preventive measures to be taken in
coordination by all of them. This exercise should be taken up by the Social Welfare Department immediately. 
xxxiv) Similarly, a State-wide awareness campaign should be initiated to sensitize the public at large about the issue of atrocities. An effective use of television, radio, print media, cable networks, e-mail / internet, etc., be made to disseminate the public messages on this issue. A clear message should be sent through media that the villages / groups / persons committing atrocities on SC  / ST will be dealt with very severely. 
xxxv) A special section on atrocities should be included in the school curriculum and text-books under history / civics / social service, etc, and accordingly the teachers also should be given a special training on Equity and Social Justice issues. 

xxxvi) A State Action Plan for eradication of atrocities should be prepared and announced by the State Government through participation of NGOs, activists, social workers, legal-constitutional experts, government and private agencies, etc. A social movement towards achieving social justice and solidarity should be initiated through participation of NGOs and civil society organizations. Through such a movement cutting across all sections of society a common forum such as 'Samajik Samata Sangh' could be created for addressing the  social evils such as untouchability, discrimination and atrocities.

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Posted on September 27, 2008

  Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Bay Area) California's
monthly program by Shri Amrik Chand Lakha Family
 

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Bay Area) California humbly requests the presence of entire sangat at the program for the month of September to be held on Sunday September 21 st, 2008 at Golden Peacock Banquet Hall 3681 Peralta Blvd. Fremont California. The Parshad & Langer Sewa of this program will be performed by the devotee of Guru Ghar SHRI AMRIK CHAND LAKHA & BIBI RESHAM KAUR & their beloved parents Shri Piara Ram & Bibi Kartar Kaur resident of Newark ( California) for prosperity, health and wealth of their family.

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Bay Area) California prays for the “Chardi Kala” of this family. Kirtankar Bhai Manjit Singh will grace this occasion with preaching of our Gurus. May God bless the entire sangat with UNITY, INTEGRITY & PROSPERITY.

For further information, please contact:
 Ram Murti Saroay, Chairman (510)742-8120 Randhir Suman, General Secretary (510)299-7879

(Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com September 20, 2008 )

Punjabi Sahit Publication Trust , America
(An Organization Committed to Publishing Genuine Literature)

Invitation

The 3rd annual meeting of the Punjabi Literature PublicationTrust, America, is being held to release books of eminent writers. The Trust was founded in 2005 by late Jang Singh Giani and Azad Jalandhary to publish good Punjabi books of deserving writers. Every one is invited to participate in this important event.

Venue/Location :
Raja Sweets, 31853 Alvarado Blvd. , Union City , California .

Day: (Sunday) & Date : 21 September, 2008

Time : from 1.00 PM--- 6.00 PM .  

Contact: 510-489-9100 or 510-792-0335

Founders: late Jang Singh Giani and Azad Jalandhary, Members of Board: Dr. Rajinder, S. Sidhu, Dr. Ajitpal S. Sandhu & Dr. Hardev S. Mangat,
Trusties:
Dr. Gurmail S. Sidhu, S. Harbhajan S. Bains & Dr. Atamjit Singh,
Managing Committee:
Kuljit Rai (President), Gurcharan Mann (Secretary) & Baldev Madarh (Treasure),
Editor:
Dr. Gurmail Sidhu

Posted on September 07, 2008

A DINNER IN THE HONOR OF MR. JERRY BANCE

A dinner is being held on September 20, 2008 by the community from Vancouver in the honor of Mr. Jerry Bance who is running for a Member of Parliament position for the Scarborough-Rouge River Riding . Everyone is invited and for more information please call:
Mr. Bill Basra at (604) 725-4048 or Param Kainth at 778 241 5786
(Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com September 20, 2008 )

SPIRTUAL SATSANG

PARAM SANT RASILA RAM JI MAHARAJ
DERA BABA TEJA SINGH, SAIDPUR (AMRITSAR) PUNJAB

Visiting Sacramento on Sunday of September 14, 2008

Satsang Venue:
Laguna Town Hall 3020 Renwick Avenue, Elk Grove (California) 95758
Time: 4:00 pm, Contact: 916-684-7550

For more information contact please:

Paramjit Bhutta 916-798-9144,
Kewal Bolina 916-548-8902 or Mike 916-868-4037

SHRI GURU RAVIDASS SABHA (BAY AREA, CA) CELEBRATED MONTHLY PROGRAM

 

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Bay Area) California (USA) celebrated monthly program in last month in Newark , California . Parshad and Langar Sewa of this program were by Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha and its members. One of the Shri Guru Ravidass Maharaj Ji’s followers Mr. Dharam Pal Jhamat also celebrated his son’s (Lovedeep) birthday by doing the Langar Sewa.
By V.K. Chumber
Posted on September 13, 2008

 
The Bahujan Students' Front congratulates and thanks
 

Dear Friends,
Jai Bheem! Jai Bharat!!

We take this opportunity to bring this good news to you that the Bahujan Students' Front has succeeded in attaining 3rd position behind ABVP (BJP backed) and NSUI (Congress backed) for the post of President in the just concluded Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) Elections 2008. This is to be born in mind that the BSF had contested this election for the first time. NSUI, ABVP, FSI, AISA and many other smaller parties had contested this election. Both NSUI and ABVP spent crores and crores (....YES, THIS IS TRUE!) of Rupees in this elections where as Bahujan Students' front (BSF) had spent only few thousand rupees (Less than even the stipulated limit of Rs 5000/- per candidate). Even then, the BSF candidate got 1757 votes for the post of election whereas the winning candidate of ABVP got around 10,200 votes whereas the NSUI candidate lost the election with around 800-900 votes. The BSF had contested for the post of President only and it succeeded in ensuring the defeat of Congress party backed NSUI. 

It may be known that during the election campaign time, the Congress chief minister of Delhi had called for a meeting of all her ministers, MLAs, MPs to discuss the DUSU Election scenario. She instructed all of them to work in their respective areas to ensure the victory of NSUI candidates. One can imagine as to how much money must have been spent by the Congress party machinery, openly flouting the recommendations of the Lyngdoh committee, which had fixed a limit of Rs 10 thousands to be spent by each candidate for his/her campaigning work. The MONEY, MUSCLE and MEDIA power of manuvadis, especially Congress party was in full display in these elections, yet no action was taken against NSUI or ABVP candidates for flouting the rules. Not to say that al this Lyngdoh drama is nothing but a design to stop the 'inconvenient' organizations like Bahujan Students' Front from contesting the election. Yet, the BSF has been able to teach Congress party a lesson it can't forget so easily. The most important post of DUSU- The President's post is now been snatched from the hands of Congress Party which had, not just the outgoing President of DUSU in its hand, but also is ruling in Delhi state as well as the Centre. The communist backed SFI and AISA managed to get some 500 votes only and were far behind BSF candidates, though they also spent lakhs of rupees and had the full backing of manuvadi media. The Bahujan Students' Front congratulates and thanks the activists, supporters and well wishers of BSF who have contributed to this remarkable performance by the BSF candidate Abhishek Kumar ( First year student of Law faculty). We assure all that the work that the BSF has initiated in many universities all across the country shall continue with more and more enthusiasm. We look forward to your sustained support and cooperation in our activities in future also.

Thank You,
Bahujan Students' Front 

Posted on September 07, 2008

A RALLY OF 84 VILLAGES IN HARIANA

“A Rally of 84 villages" on September 7th, 2008 (Sunday) at Hathin in Mewat District will be organised by Lakshay against the atrocities by so called the upper castes people in Haryana. We request you all to join us to show our consolidation.

With best regards
Khajan Singh
Posted on September 05,, 2008

 Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada honors Mr. V. T. Rajshekar

               
Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada recognized Mr. V.T. Rajshekar for his distinct services to spread Lord Buddha's Dhamma in India and abroad with his regular contribution by publishing Dalit Voice magazine. 

Mr. Rajshekar is the first and only English journalist / reporter who is untiredly writing about Dalit human rights and continuing his laborious efforts for the past 25 years to publish his fortnightly magazine: Dalit Voice. Recently he was in London to release his new book 'Know the Hindu Mind' and this book can be bought through his website:  www.dalitvoice.org


Raj Kumar Oshoraj (Vice President: Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada) presented the award to Mr. V.T. Rajshekar in London, England on behalf of the management committee of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada.

Posted on August 26, 2008

INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
CELEBRATED BY SHRI GURU RAVIDASS SABHA NEW YORK
AND BHAGWAN VALMIK SABHA NEW YORK ON AUGUST 17 TH

Pictures during India's Independence Parade in New York on Aug 17th, 2008

Posted on August 20, 2008

DR. RONKI RAM ELECTED THE PRESIDENT
OF PUTA (CHANDIGARH)

Mohan Lal Phillauria from Chandigarh

Chandigarh:- Dr. Ronki Ram Chairman and Head of the Political Science Department Punjab University Chandigarh was elected president of the Teachers association [PUTA] of the Punjab university Chandigarh on 20.08.2008. Dr. Ronki Ram has defeated Dr. Manjit Singh the sitting President. Dr. Manjit Singh is the head of the Sociology Department of the Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Dr. Ronki Ram is an eminent scholar dedicated to the Ambedkar Philosophy. He has always struggled for the upliftment of the Dalit society in  India. Dr. Ronki Ram is widely traveled. Earlier also he remained President of the Punjab University Teachers Association [PUTA] for two terms. He is very popular among the teachers fraternity in the Punjab University Campus. His priority always is Education for masses and poors.

Posted on August 21, 2008

India's Independece Day celebrated in Edinburgh

Dear editor,

The Independence Day of India was celebrated in Edinburgh on August 15. Consul General of India Ramesh Chander unfurled the tricolour at the flag hoisting ceremony at his residence. Attached are the two photos of the celebrations.

(Ramesh Chander)
Consul General of India, Edinburgh


Posted on August 18, 2008

India's Independece Day celebrated in Sacramento

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento celebrated Independence Day at Shri Guru Ravidass Temple , Rio Linda ( Sacramento ). National Anthem was sung by the all Indian Community. National Flag of India and USA were flown by the chairman Tavinder Kazla, Ajit Ram Bangar, Harbans Ralh and other committee members at the building of the temple.
Dogar Singh, Satish Ralh, Kewal Bolina, Reena Virk and all present members of Indian community at the temple performed chanting ceremony Bharat Mata Ki jai.

All Sewa of this program was performed by Santokh Dass Kainth and Bahadar Singh Kainth & family.

Tavinder Kazla

Posted on August 18, 2008

Asia 's First Hindi Satellite TV Channel For Buddhism

Respected Sir,

Our group from Nagpur Maharashtra India , We have Fourth coming launched Asia 's First Hindi Satellite TV Channel For Buddhism. Please visit my website www.nagarjunatv.com

Thanks

Sachin Moon

Olympic Beijing Games

Egyptian leads Group B weightlifting at 62kg

Canada’s Jasvir Singh finished in fifth place

Last Updated: Monday, August 11, 2008 | 3:02 AM ET CBC Sports

Canada 's Jasvir Singh competes in the men's 62 kg group B weightlifting event during the Beijing Games.
(Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images)

In an exciting finish of the men’s group B 62kg weightlifting competition, only 1kg separated the winner and runner-up on Day 3 of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Performing in front of a cheering home crowd was Chinese Taipei’s Yang Sheng-Hsiung, who came a close second by lifting a total of 287kg (130kg in the snatch and 157kg in the clean and jerk).

Taking first place was Egypt’s Mohamed Abd Elbaki, who lifted 288kg in total (129kg in the snatch and 159kg in the clean and jerk).

Canada’s Jasvir Singh finished in fifth place out of six competitors, lifting 115kg in the snatch and 151kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 266kg.

Group A of the men’s 62kg class will compete at 7 p.m. Beijing time on Monday.

http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/weightlifting/story/2008/08/11/olympics-weightlifting-62kg.html

Posted on August 11, 2008 (5:00 AM)

CONGRATULATIONS TO JASVIR SINGH
Canadian Olympic Team Member Weightlifting
Please click here: CONGRATULATIONS

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Bay Area) California (USA)'s monthly program on Sunday of August 10, 2008

Newark:- Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Bay Area) California (USA) humbly request to the entire sangat on Sunday 10 th August 2008 at Newark Pavillion Newark California from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Prashad and langersewa of this program will be performed by Subedar Sarwan Singh and Bibi Charan Kaur grand parents and Sharam Paul Jhamat and Buibi Gurbakh Kaur pare of Lovedeep Jhamat on his birthday, for great blesses of god. God give long life, high education and good health to Lovedeep and provide wealth and prosperty to this dedicated family. Waheguru Bless them.

Community Communication: On this program Prominent kirtankars Shri Roop Lal Dhir, Shri Gurnam Singh Bhandal and Jatha, Rai Singh Ji and captain Swarn Singh Ji will shed the light on our Guru Ji teaching and Dr. Ambedkar mission. All of us should learn some from this so we can move to our goal and mission. May Waheguru bless the entire sangat with Chardi Kala.

We hope every body will cooperate us to unite the community and everybody will come at same plateform. We are trying our best to keep the community unite.

Upcoming Monthly Programs: September 28 th, 2008-----Open, October 26 th, 2008---------Open, November 30 th, 2008-------Open and December 28 th, 2008-------Open

Hall Lovation: Newark Pavillio 6430 Thomton Ave Newark. For more info call: Dharam P Jahamt (510) 386-5730, Gurnam Rattu (510) 796-3029, and Kewal Singh (510) 299-6418

Sangat De Sewadar: Sucha Ram Bharta (Chairman), Vinod K Chumber, President , Surinder K Sahota, General Secretaory , Roop Lal Chauhan, Treasure.

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AMBEDKRTIMES CONGRATULATES
MR. DAVINDER SINGH RAHAL

It is the matter of pride for Ad-Dharmi Community that Mr. Davinder Singh Rahal, the first Ad-Dharmi appointed Justice of the peace even though the community has been here for the past 100 years. We congratulate Mr. Davinder Singh Rahal for becoming the Justice of the Peace for New Zealand. After years and years of his education and struggle, judge has achieved a high profile title “Justice of Peace.” We congratulate him once again and his family and wish him all the best in the future as a Justice of peace.

Prem Kumar Chumber
Editor: www.ambedkartimes.com
Posted on August 03, 2008

THE FIRST AD-DHARMI,
MR. RAHAL APPOINTED JUSTICE OF PEACE IN NEW ZEALAND

From left to right:  Davinder Singh Rahal JP with Honorable John Key MP, opposition leader of New Zealand National Party.  New Zealand 's forthcoming Prime Minster. Second photo: Moheet Rahal, Jyoti Rahal Director, Davinder Singh Rahal JP, Honorable Roy Wade Judge of District Court, Pansy Wong Member of Parliament and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi candidate Member of Parliament.

More about Mr. Davinder Singh Rahal

The Governor General of New Zealand has recently confirmed the appointment of Mr. Davinder Singh Rahal as a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand.

Mr. Rahal is an upstanding and highly respected citizen of New Zealand. He migrated in 1988 and commenced business shortly thereafter. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Rahal has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic, striving hard not only in his personal & business matters, but also for the Indian Community.

Politicians and community leaders have appreciated the community services provided by Mr. Rahal, and his recent appointment as a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand is testimony to the faith that New Zealand leaders have that Mr. Rahal will continue to act as a role model and mentor in the community.

Mr. Rahal has a proven track record of providing paramount services to the community and without his contribution and successful effort during his term of Presidency; the new Gurudwara ( Temple) at 1998 Great South Road, Bombay, Auckland would have difficulty to become a reality.

Mr. Rahal is a successful businessman. His vast experience in serving the public is also demonstrated through his involvement with the following organizations: ex-president for the New Zealand Guru Ravidas Sabha Incorporated from years 2002 to 2004, the founder member of the Auckland Sikh Society, the President of Auckland South of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin International, member of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association Incorporated, life member of the Ambedkar Sports & Cultural Club Incorporated, member of Auckland Chamber of Commerce New Zealand, founder member and elected Chairman of the New Zealand Guru Ravidas Sabha Incorporated. ,member of India Trade Group of Auckland, New Zealand and founder member of Supreme Sikh Council NZ Incorporated.

On Mr. Rahal’s appointment as a Justice of the Peace was congratulated by close friends, families and particularly these people: Honorable John Key MP, opposition leader of New Zealand National Party, New Zealand’s forthcoming Prime Minster Tim Groser MP, spokesman for Trade and Associate Spokesman for Finance, Dr Richard Worth M P, spokesman for Economic Development and Associate Spokesman for Justice

Judge Dr. Ajit Swaran Singh – NZ District Court Judge, Mark Ball Mayor, Franklin District Council, Pukekohe, Auckland, Pansy Wong MP / National Party Ethnic Affairs Spokeswoman, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, candidate Member of Parliament, Dr. Ashraf Choudhary, MP, Panth Lal Daroch, President NZ Guru Ravidas Sabha Inc., Ajay Kumar Director Global Financial Services Ltd, Kudos Business Center, 19/203 Kirkbride Rd, Airport Oaks, Auckland, Daljit Singh Spokesman Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib, 70 Takanini School Rd, Karnail Badhan Ambedkar Sports and Cultural Club Incorporated, Raj Kumar Dr. Ambedkar mission society, Auckland, Manjit Singh President

Auckland Sikh Society , 158 Kolmar Road Papatoetoe

Posted on August 02, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. DAVINDER SINGH RAHAL

C. L. CHUMBER
c.l.chumber@gmail.com , cl_chumber@yahoo.com

I used to visit late Baba Ram Chand Khera, editor of the Adi-Danka Weekly of the Adi-Dharam Mandal (Resident of Village Khera near Mahilpur, District Hoshiarpur of Punjab) and late Baba Sangu Ram Sund (Permanent resident village Rai Pur Dabba near Banga, District Nawan Shahar of Punjab) resident of New Zealand. Baba Khera Ji said in the interview (Kaumi Udarian in Jan 1986 and Bahujan Samaj Bulletin on Jan 12 th, 1997 both were special issues on Baba Mangu Ram Mugowalia) that his father Thekedar Inder Ram and uncle Mr. Nikka Ram migrated to New Zealand in 1914 A.D. Baba Mangu Ram Mugowalia the founder of Adi-Dharam wrote in his book “The Adi-Dharam Mandal report 1931 A.D.” that the Adi-Dharamis of New Zealand played a vital role in the movement

Last year, my elder daughter, Ravjot Chumber (M.B.A. UK), manager in a MNC in Maharashtra won a complimentary tour to New Zealand. I told her that our forefathers of New Zealand bestowed this honour to you whose names had been inscribed in the golden history of Socio-Economic Revolutions of the world published by the Ado-Dharam Mandal report in Hindi and Punjabi by our Family! Now I came to know from the Ambedkartimes.com that our Adi-Dharam brother Mr. Davinder Singh Rahal has been appointed as Justice of Peace in New Zealand. He is the first ever Adi-Dharam in last hundred years. I am confident that this rare achievement of Mr. Rahal will encourage the youths of our Adi-Dharmi Nation present in the whole world. I hope that he will perform his duty with honesty so that he may justify his ability. I congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Rahal who really played a passing game to achieve this goal. I also on behalf of the whole Adi-Dharmis send congratulations to their family members, relatives, friends and residents of their ancestral in India. We will celebrate this achievement whenever Mr. and Mrs. Rahal will visit to India. We pray for more and more achievements in your family.

Posted on August 03, 2008

WONDERFUL EFFORTS

Dear Prem Kumar Chumber Ji,

I am glad and delighted to see your wonderful efforts at www.ambedkartimes.org and www.ambedkartimes.com. I whole heartedly appreciate and congratulate you for this excellent service to our community through the website. I trust this is a good source to keep our community together worldwide.

The purpose of this note is to express my full gratitude for the article you placed on the website.

Davinder Singh Rahal (Justice of The Peace) rahalmail@gmail.com
Posted on August 06, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS

Dear Jasvir Singh

There is no doubt that your achievements of Canadian Olympic Team Member Weightlifting will be spoken forever and that the admiration for your accomplishments is felt by all of us. I have pleasure informing you that our community is delighted and proud of you. 

Accept my heartiest congratulations for your success.

Davinder Singh Rahal (Justice of The Peace) rahalmail@gmail.com

Posted on August 06, 2008

Condolence to Sohan Singh Dhola’s family  

www.ambedkartimws.com is shocked to hear about the death of Sohan Singh Dhola, who was a Chairman of IBO Ca. , a great comedian, singer, anchor, and producer. Last time when I met him, he was very pleased to meet me and gifted a record “Guru Ravidass Agman” to Ambedkartimes.com. This will be remembered forever and below the scanned copy of the record. www.ambedkartimws.com sends its condolence to Sohan Singh Dhola’s family on their biggest loss.

Prem Kumar Chumber
Editor: www.ambedkartimes.com
Posted on August 03, 2008

CONDOLENCE ON DEMISE OF SOHAN SINGH DHOLA

Mr. Sohan Singh Dhola, a great comedian, singer and producer passed away. I used to write a stanza of unknown writer of a poem and quotation in school and college classes in “My favorite leader” essay to get more and more marks which I commemorate to revered Late Sohan Singh Dhola, “There are men and men, but every stone is not a gem.” Singers are every where but Dhola is very rare. People come and go but they leave their hearts with us.

This will be a true condolence to Mr. Sohan Singh Dhola who was a staunch follower of our Gurus!! Our nation should present his records on CDs and VCDs and souvenirs to commemorate him. I give full sympathy to his family and relatives/friends. We will not let him die in our memories.

CLCHUMBER@GMAIL.COM, CL_CHUMBER@YAHOO.COM

Posted on August 06, 2008

COMMUNITY
ACTIVITY

Mr. Ramesh Chander, Consul General of India in Edinburgh met the representatives of the Glasgow Chapter of the Ambedkar Mission Society on July 27 th, 2008 at Glasgow during Indian Community Activities.

 

 

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August 02, 2008

JAI BHEEM BAHUJAN STUDENTS' FRONT JAI BHARAT

ANTI-MANUVADI TERRORISM
AND PRO-RESERVATION RALLY

(MANUVADI AATANKVAD VIRODHI AUR ARAKSHAN SAMARTHAN RALLY)

(21 st July 2008—Monday -Time: 10:00 AM onwards - AMBEDKAR STADIUM TO PARLIAMENT)

Dear Friends,

As you are aware that the history if the past 2000 years in India, under the manuvadi social system, the SC / ST / OBC / Religious Minorities were denied the right to Education, Employment, Property etc. More than anything else, it was the right to education that was denied to these majority Mulnivasis (original inhabitants of India) by the manuvadi foreigners (Aryans) who had attacked & plundered this country and enslaved its peace loving, industrious and innocent people. Upon doing that, they devised a social system that stratified the Indian society by dividing it into thousands of castes where few castes (Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya were given monopolistic rights over education, political power & land, and trade & commerce respectively. The remaining 85% of Mulnivasi Bahujans (SC/ST/OBC and ancestors of converted Religious Minorities) were forced into slavery these manuvadis who continued to suppress, and exploit them for hundreds of years.

However, starting mid-19th century, there were many socio-political struggles launched by many great Men born in the Bahujan Samaj (especially Mahatma Phule, Shahuji Maharaj, Dr Ambedkar etc) who waged a relentless battle against this inhuman and obnoxious caste system. As a result, many rights were won by them for their upliftment, especially in the spheres of education and employment. Because of their untiring efforts, the educational, economic and social condition of these majority segments improved to some extent. This caused a lot of heartburn amongst the manuvadis who consider it their “religious duty” (dharma) to maintain & sustain this caste system. As a result, after the departure of the Britishers from India in 1947, the political power fell into the hands of the manuvadis who again started implementing their anti-Bahujan agenda. Despite provisions made for these sections for their upliftment in the Constitution written by Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar, these provisions were never implemented; rather manuvadi rulers made every effort in their power to dilute, scuttle or bye pass these constitutional provisions. As a result, in the past 60 years, the sufferings of the Bahujans continued unabated.

The manuvadi oppression has been most virulent in the field of education, especially higher education. The manuvadis know that if the SC/ST/OBCs/RM students get education, more so, higher education like engineering, medicine, social sciences, management studies etc. The Bahujans will progress at great speed and the manuvadis won’t be able to maintain and sustain their crooked social order i.e. the manuvadi caste system. The manuvadis know that the primary factor in the upliftment of a human being is “Education”. It’s the Education that makes a human mind start thinking logically & rationally and raises their aspirations. Especially, one’s acquiring higher educations opens many more avenues for one’s economic and social progress. Not just that, any SC/ST/OBC/RM student acquiring engineering degree, Ph. Ds, becoming Doctors or high ranking civil servants inspires many others in their communities to achieve similar feats, thus starting a “Social Chain Reaction”. Any one achieving that becomes a role model for his community members for them to emulate. The manuvadis very well understand this and are conscious of this danger to manuvadi social system and their age-old hegemony. Hence in the past 60 years, they have made every effort, owing to their total control over political power, to spoil the academic aspirations of SC/ST/OBC/RM students. This phenomenon is quite conspicuous in the Institutions of higher learning like IITs, AIIMS, JNU, IIMs, IIS, Delhi University and other Institutions imparting education in the fields of Engineering, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, Management studies etc.

Recently, the manuvadi brigade of IIT-Delhi has expelled 20 students belonging to SC/ST/OBC & Religious Minorities. These students came from lower middle class or even very poor economic background. Despite their poverty, these students had a bright educational record in their schools and they got admission in IIT-Delhi through their hard work and a burning desire to excel in life. Yet, they were deliberately failed in exams in a systematic manner by their manuvadi teachers. Other students are also subjected to this kind of “Psychological Terrorism” by these manuvadis. They have developed a ‘habit’ to deliberately fail or “under mark” the SC/ST/OBC/RM students in their exams with an aim to (1) spoil their academic careers and to (2) break their morale, sense of self-respect and their image in the society. In JNU too, as many as 40-50 Bahujan students are deliberately failed every year, in other Institutions also, this is a regular manuvadi “ritual” to deliberately fail a large number of students belonging to these sections.

That’s the reason that manuvadis are opposing the implementation of Reservation quota (for SC/ST/OBCs) in faculty positions in these institutions. This “manuvadi terrorism” will continue till they have monopoly in the faculty positions in the IITs and other such Institutions. They very well know that once the people belonging to these communities start joining these institutions as faculty members, the manuvadi’s crooked hold over the system will collapse within no time.

The Bahujan Students’ Front(BSF) has decided to confront and challenge this manuvadi menace. The BSF is organizing a huge Rally from Ambedkar Stadium to Parliament to highlight this issue at national level. In this Rally, students from all parts of the country will participate, which will expose the conspiracies of the manuvadi teacher community implementing the larger manuvadi agenda in these Institutions. It is appealed to all the Bahujan Students from all over the country to participate in this Rally and make it a huge success.

PS: The rally will start from Ambedkar Stadium (Delhi Gate) and move towards Parliament passing through LNJPHospital, Ranjit Singh Flyover, Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar and culminate at Parliament)

Posted on July 14, 2008

Tribunal dismisses
caste-system discrimination complaint

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=862ce31b-7e5b-430c-964d-db227ee7a14a
© The Vancouver Sun 2008

Posted link on www.ambedkartimes.com (July 16, 2008)

Reverse caste bias alleged in Canada

HindustanTimes ePaper, and 'Reverse caste bias alleged in Canada'

HindustanTimes ePaper - Digital replica of Print Edition.

Posted link on www.ambedkartimes.com (July 16, 2008)

Rights complaint dismissed


By Jennifer McFee - New Westminster News Leader
Published: July 11, 2008 7:00 PM

http://www.bclocalnews.com/greater_vancouver/newwestminsternewsleader/news/24536689.html
Posted link on www.ambedkartimes.com (July 17, 2008)

Dr. Ambedkar Natak
Utsav celebrated in Chandigarh

Report & photos by: Mohan Lal Phillauria

Chandigarh:- First Dr. Ambedkar Natak Utsav celebrated in Chandigarh on 5th July 2008. Mr. Fateh Jung Singh & Mr. Mohan Lal Phillauria has established "Dalit Vichaar Manch" in Chandigarh, a forum of Dalit intellectuals in Chandigarh to think about the problems of the dalits from all the corners such as political, socio-economic, religious and cultural. On 5th July 2008 the first ever Dr. Ambedkar Natak Utsav was organised at Ambedkar Bhawan sector-37 Chandigarh.

On this occasion the second issue of the quarterly magazine namely HASHIA edited by Dr. Gurmeet Kallarmazri was released by Shri Onkar Nath, Accountant General Punjab Chandigarh. Shri K.C. Sulekh an eminent Ambedkarite was honoured on this occasion with a Siropa for his dedicated services to the society. Pragti Kala Kendar Landhra (Phillaur) has staged two plays "Mochi Da Putt” and "Mitti Da Boajh". Both these plays are based on the short stories of Mr. Mohan Lal Phillauria. The play" Mochi Da Putt" has been written by an eminent natak-kaar Shri Gursharan Singh (Bhaji), where as the play Mitti Da Boajh" is written and directed by Shri Sodhi Rana and Makhan Kranti of the Pragti Kala Kendar Landhra. Both are very touchy plays .There was a pin drop silence in the hall and more than 350 audiences witnessed the stage. The Pragti Kala Kendar Landhra has already produced a film under the same name but the play "Mochi Da Putt" is short in duration matching to the stage. The Audience has applauded the artists who have participated in the play. The tragedy of the story is that once a cobbler's son gets the job in Chandigarh, he has to conceal his caste to get a house. when has father came to know this he fired the people living in Chandigarh by concealing their caste (Scheduled Caste).The father cursed his son and his equally other people by saying that " main anpadh ho ke nahi darda tusi padh likh ke darr rahe ho”. The role of the old mochi (Sodhi Rana) was very much appreciated. Similarly the role of Ms. Amrita Rani is very much appreciable being wife of the Mochi when she uttered that "Lambardaar ikalla hi 50 khetan da malik hai te assi do time saver sham ramba lai ke uhna de khetan wich jana hunda hai". The real story of the poor dalits of the Punjab was depicted before the audience.

Similarly is the play “Mitti Da Boajh” again very good presentation based on the story of Mr. Mohan Lal Phillauria .This is the story of a poor Dalit girl whose mother is a widow and the only brother is a useless and a drunkard fellow and no source of income. In the story, there is a  stir on the shagun scheme of the Punjab Government for obtaining Rs.5100 in the play the three ladies representing Akali Dal, Congress and B.S.P are shown who are doing politics over the Dalit votes the poor mother of the girl visiting the houses of the land lords (Jatts) for begging dowry items. Of course by extending mercy they have donated maximum. The unfortunate girl is uncomfortable in her In-Laws house after seeing the culture and the atmosphere. She feels that she has entered the second HELL from the first one and fell down. A " Tantrik" is called for the treatment of the girl. He plays unwanted Tricks. But all use less. Subsequently the girl puts the question to the tantrik " main ik narak to duje narak wich aa gayi haan tere paas is bimari da koi ilaaz hai". She further put the question " sade dalit kudiyan de wiyah kadon tak mangwe daaj te hunde rehnge? Ate sade maa-baap kadon tak sarkaari daftaran wich paise khatir hath failaunde rehnge?” The tantrik was helpless to give the reply of the questions of the girl. There was complete silence among the audience. The girl repeated all these questions to the audience .Again, the audiences were silent and then they responded with clapping and the role of Amrita Rani was appreciated as newly married girl. The role of Vandana Kumari was also a very much appreciated as a mother-in-law. Sodhi Rana producer director acted as a Tantrik and Makhan Kranti acted as a father in law.

This was the beginning of the Ambedkar Nat Utsav and the main purpose was to educate the dalits living in Chandigarh in the shade of inferiority complex which is the main reason of backwardness of the dalits, S.C. /S.T. and O.B.C. The Dalit Vichar Manch has decided to organise such other Natak Utsavs in other towns like Panchkula Mohali Patiala Bathinda, Jalandhar and Amritsar in the near future. Cooperation, suggestions are welcomed interested parties can contact at Sh. Mohan Lal Phillauria, mohanlalphillauria@yahoo.com  Phone numbers: 91-988-840-5888 and S. Fateh Jang Singh, Phone number 987-267-0278.

Posted on July 13, 2008 & revised news with photos posted on July 14, 2008

Dr. Sawraj Singh's book released in USA

(1) Book Release: Dr. Sohinderbir Singh of Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar releasing Dr. Sawraj Singh's book "Sikh Inqalaab, Communist Inqalaab, te Inqalaabi Manukh di Sirjana" first time in USA. L-R  Kamal Banga, Harbans S Jagyasu, Surinder Sunnar, Er. Karmjit Singh, Dr. Sohinderbeer Singh, Dr Sawraj Singh, Tara Singh Sagar, Rabinder Singh Atwal and Jyoti Singh (2) Kavi Darbar: Members of Punjabi Sahit Sabha posing with  Dr. Sawraj Singh after Kavi Darbar in Yuba City California on July 6, 2008
For news in Panjabi, please click here: www.ambedkartimes.org Posted on July 09, 2008

Dr. Sawraj Singh's special visit to Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temple, Rio Linda (California) For news in Panjabi, please click here: www.ambedkartimes.org

NEW YORK DECLARATION

The 5th International Convention of Dalits & Minorities
Forum held in New York on 4-6 July 2008.

1. Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister 2. Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha 3. Prof. B. L. Mungrekar, Member Planning Commission 4 . Mr. Ram Chander Paswan MP 5. Mr. Ram Dass Athawle MP 6. Mr. Pritam Kumar Shegaonkar Minister, Government of Maharashtra 7. Syed Shahabuddhin 8 . Sabir Ali MP 9. Mr. Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal Ex. MLA Punjab 10. Dr. A. Raheman S. Nakodar – Trustee AFMI 11. Dr. Shakir  Mukhi  -Immediate Past President 12. Mr. S. M. Ali Quraishi - AFMI Presidemt 13. Mr. Pashapati Kumar "Paras" – MLA 14.  Mrs. Reena Paswan (15) Mr. Lahori Ram Commissioner

New York:- Considering the current depressed, even pathetic status of the Dalits & Minorities of India, nearly sixty years after achievement of independence in 1947 and promulgation of the Constitution in 1950, which derogates from its social and economic mandate and violates human rights and constitutes a blot in its face and the most serious obstacle in the path of its march towards its manifest destiny. Taking into consideration and reiterating the Resolution's adopted at the 4th International Convention of the Forum in New Delhi 2006 and the Theme papers and Background Papers presented in that conference at this convention as well as the views expressed by the delegates.

Adopt the following Declaration: We the participants in this convention reiterate our faith in the principals of freedom, secularism, equality, justice and fraternity enunciated in the preamble of the Constitution and the fundamental rights and directive principal of state policies which form its core.

Nevertheless we express our deep disappointment that the Socio-Economic status in general and the Dalits, Minorities and other weaker sections in particular who live today on the daily per capita income of Rs. 20/ has not improved and though the disparities has widen.

The Forum sees a serious threat to Democracy in the persistent denial of human dignity and the rule of law, particularly when inter group violence shows its ugly face, incited  planned and organised by the emergent forces of fascism and regards communalism and casteism as the enemy of the society and contradicting all the great values of the freedom movement, which must be combated unitedly by all citizens of goodwill committed to democracy, secularism and social justice which form the foundations of New India we dream of and are working for.  

Pledge: To fulfill the objective of above declaration, the participants in the convention pledge themselves and solemnly vow to wage unwavering struggle, through all possible constitutional and democratic means, to achieve the following urgent social objectives in a time bound manner and not to rest till they are achieved.

(1) Final elimination of the Social Vice of untouchability by imposing deterrent punishment. (2). Provision of free compulsory and equal quality education  for all and systematic admission of disadvantaged poor children in all private school (3). Full realization of the fundamental rights to the livelihood & shelter for the masses to guarantee them a life of dignity for all. (4). Restoration of the Human Rights of the Dalits and the Minorities in full measures, whenever and wherever they are violated.  Urgent investigation of all cases of involuntary disappearances and custodial killings in Jammu & Kashmir and arbitrary detention through out the country on unverified accusation of terrorism and investigation of mass crimes and communal riots by SITs and independent prosecution by special courts that does not spare the mighty and powerful.(5) .United and effective response to atrocities and violence against the SC and Minority.  Full implementation of the Central Formula for the compensation and the rehabilitation of the victims of 1984 anti Sikhs disturbances and its application to those of all subsequent pogroms like Gujarat.(6). Creation of the All India Judicial Services on the model of IAS and IPS and phased recruitment to fill the cadre shortfall in all Central Services and State services.(7) . Reservation in the Private Sector, the judiciary and armed forces and in all others services where it is not applicable. (8). Abolition of the 50% limit imposed on total Reservation and its substitution by flexible pattern according to social demography of various states.  Reservation act must be enacted embodying punitive clause and adjudication authority.  (9). 15% reservation for the minorities and inclusion of Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians in the SC list with equal rights and appropriate raise in the representation of the SC/ST in the legislature and in benefits of reservation for them speedy implementation of Sachar Committee Report and Mishra Commission Report.(10) . Unconditional transfer of the management of the Mahabodhi Gaya temple to the Buddhist Community urgently in Bihar.(11). To establish a National Dalit University in the Capital Region of India and the creation of India International Dalit Centre in New Delhi for the cultural and educational advancement of Dalits.  (12) . To provide minimum 2 acres of land to each and every Dalit, minority and a landless family. To achieve the above goal the Convention once again calls for sustained unity and vigorous action, at all levels through the mobilisation of all progressive social forces which are today facing blatant hostilities not only to their survival and entity but to the Constitution and their progress of India. The convention places on record its deep gratitude to the Chairman of the Dalit & Minorities International Forum Shri Ram Vilas Paswan for his constant guidance and to the Co-Chairman of this Convention Dr. A.S. Nakadar for the successful organization of this Convention in New York.

POWER TO THE POWERLESS


The International Convention of Dalit and Minorities Forum was held at the Marriott Hotel in New York, USA on July 4th thru July 6 th, 2008.  People attended the conference from all over the world.  The theme of the Conference was "Power to the Powerless."  The Conference Chair was Honorable Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Indian Minister for Steel, Chemicals, and Fertilizers.  Many dignitaries took part in the Conference.  

Representatives from all major Indian religions were in attendance.  Indian elected officials from various political parties took part in this historical convention.  The local Temples, Mosques, Gurdwaras and Churches played a major role in organizing the conference.  The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) played an integral role in the organization of the convention.

Mr. Lahori Ram, a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, was presented with the  International Dalit Rattna Award at the conference. He is one of the first Indo-Americans to be appointed to high level commissions in California like California Transportation Commission, California Trade, Technology and Commerce Commission, and the Economic Development Commission for the State of California .   

Honorable Charanjit Singh Atwal, Member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha was a keynote speaker at the conference.  Professor Bhalchandra Mungekar, Member of the Planning Commission of India, spoke about the importance of education in the upliftment of Dalits and Minorities.  Bishop Ezra Sargunam represented the Christian religion and former MP Ven. Dhammavirioyo spoke about Buddhist issues in India.  MP Ram Das Athawale from Maharashtra, the only MP from the Republic Party of India, spoke about the positive future of Dalits and Minorities in Indian politics.  MP from Bihar Ram Chander Paswan, also chief of the Dalit Sena, spoke about dalits and minority activism at the grassroots level.

Padma Shree Mrs. Teesta Setalwad spoke about communal combat in the villages and human rights. Mr. Tarun Tejpal editor of Tahelka.com focused on the role the media can play to highlight the violence and injustice suffered by Dalits and Minorities.

The Conference concluded on July 6 with a resolution passed by all the attendants.  The resolution stressed the need for all Dalits and Minorities to work hard and become a major active part of Indian politics and society.  The resolution calls for the elimination of the social vices of untouchability and the restoration of the human rights of the Dalits and the Minorities.

Posted on July 08, 2008 & added news/ photos on July 14, 2008

SATGURU KABIR
UTSAV CELEBRATED IN JALANDHAR

Jalandhar:- Satguru Kabir Utsav celebrated at Basti Danishmanda in Jalandhar. Mr. Sarbjeet Singh Makkar (MLA) was the Chief Guest of Utsav celebration and Chief Editor of the Daily Punjab Aaj Tak (Evening Punjabi Daily) Mr. Subhash Goria, International Singer Ashok Gill, Komal Sharma (anchor) were present in the Utsav.

Mr. Subash Goria (Chief Editor of the Daily Punjab Aaj Tak) and Bhushan Shekhar honored Mr. Sodhi Ranipur (Journalist).

Posted on July 07, 2008

Krishna Chandra Thakur Memorial Lecture
Organized
By Krishna Chandra Thakur Smriti Raksha Committee and the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha

Report by: Manohar Biswas


Krishna Chandra Thakur Smriti Raksha Committee in collaboration with the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha organized the Krishna Chandra Thakur Memorial Lecture in a historical hall of central Calcutta (Tripura Hitsadhini Sava) in the afternoon of the 28th June, 2008. This memorial lecture was given by Dr. Pushpa Bairagya on the subject of ‘ The creators and their creation of the Matua Sangits’ which is nothing but an exclusive form of songs created by the dalits and are sung by the dalits also.

This stream of songs gives the expression of spiritual attainments and material achievements of the dalits of both east Bengal and west Bengal and particularly related to the Namashudra community people. It is a known fact that the Matura is a religious cult and the founder of this cult was Sri Sri Harichand Thakur. He was born in a remote village of east Bengal in the year 1812. He instructed his disciples to be anti-Vedic in religious performances and anti-casteist in social relations. The seminar hall was not a very big one; however, it was full to the brim . The person who was remembered in the meeting, Krishna Chandra Thakur throughout his life was very much meticulous to this cult. He was born in 1916 and died 10 years back. He had very little formal education but did lot for the spread of education amongst the downtrodden. He was a man of scientific thought and knowledge and a well believer in the rationalism. He joined B.S.P. as soon as this political party was formed by Sahib Kanshi Ram for making the society vertical to horizontal.


Manohar Mouli Biswas, the General Secretary of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha gave the welcome address to the audience explaining the reason why the topic of discussion should be widely propagated among the common people. The meeting was presided over by Prof. Naresh Das. Prof. Samar Roy and Sri M. N. Talukdar spoke about the life and activities of K.C. Thakur. A good number of Matua-singers glorified the function by their honest singings of Matua-songs. At the end Dr. Amit Biswas gave thanks to the audience. Mr. Dilip Mitra anchored the program very nicely.

Posted on July 02, 2008

Insan Achieved Second Position in Panjab University Chandigarh and 1st in Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana


Left: Insan and Right:
Dr. S. L. Virdi with his wife
Banso Devi Lecturer and both sons

Phagwara: Insan, student of Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, has bagged second position in Panjab University, Chandigarh in the B.A. LLB (Hons.) 1st Semester Examination, result declared on 27 March, 2008. He secured 373/500 (74.6%) marks. Insan also won the Diamond Jubilee Moot Court Competition organised by Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana during session 2007-2008 and was also elected as best mooted in the same. 18 years Insan believe that Man is grieved due to ignorance and ignorance can be ended only by gaining knowledge. Insan believe in gaining more and more knowledge to contribute for ending the sorrows of the sufferers in the interest of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity & Justice. It is pertinent to mention here that Insan is son of famous writer Dr. S. L. Virdi Advocate and Banso Devi Lecturer who have written various books for Social Justice and Human Rights including Dalit History of India and Dalit History of Punjab. It is pertinent to mention here that Insan is the younger brother of Mr. Manav, who is also the topper of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Ambedkartimes.com congratulates Insan and his parents.
Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor)
Posted on July 02, 2008

Dr. Sawraj Singh in California

Sacramento: Dr. Sawraj Singh during his two day California visit to Sacramento and Yuba City will address the congregation in Shri Guru Ravidass Gurdwara, 6221, 16th Street Rio Linda ( California ) on Saturday of 5th July, 2008 at 6:00 PM . And after that at 8:00 PM , he will deliver his talk on Shri Guru Granth Sahib’s rare contribution to the modern society in Gurdwara Sahib Bradshaw, Sacramento ( California ). On Sunday, 6 th July from 9:30 am - 5:00pm he will join in recognition ceremonies of Punjabi Sahit Sabha California.

For more information,  please contact:
Dr. Amrik Singh (916) 212-8550, Harbans Singh Dhillon (530) 933-2204

Posted on July 03, 2008

Press Note
International Convention of Dalits & Minorities
on July 4-6, 2008 in New York

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Welcomes all Delegates at the International Convention of Dalits & Minorities on July 4-6, 2008 in New York which will be held at Marriot Hotel & Convention center located at 101 James Doolittle Boulevard . Uniondale NY-11553. The special celebrations and commemorations at Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York 61-01 Broadway, NY at 10.30 a.m on July 6th 2008. All are welcome!

1. Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister 2. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy. Speaker Lok Sabha 3. Prof. B.L. Mungekar, Member Planning Commission 4. Ram Chander Paswan, MP 5. Prof. Narender Jadhav, Vice Chancellor of Pune University 6. Ramdass Athawle, MP 7. Pritam Singh Sagaokar, Minister, Government of Maharashtra 8. Syed Shahabuddhin 9. Sabir Ali, MP 10. Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, Ex. MLA Punjab For more information,  contact at 718-8989-8150, 718-898-7969


Posted on July 02, 2008

Krishna Chandra Thakur Memorial Lecture
Organized
By Krishna Chandra Thakur Smriti Raksha Committee and the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha

Report by: Manohar Biswas


Krishna Chandra Thakur Smriti Raksha Committee in collaboration with the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha organized the Krishna Chandra Thakur Memorial Lecture in a historical hall of central Calcutta (Tripura Hitsadhini Sava) in the afternoon of the 28th June, 2008. This memorial lecture was given by Dr. Pushpa Bairagya on the subject of ‘ The creators and their creation of the Matua Sangits’ which is nothing but an exclusive form of songs created by the dalits and are sung by the dalits also.

This stream of songs gives the expression of spiritual attainments and material achievements of the dalits of both east Bengal and west Bengal and particularly related to the Namashudra community people. It is a known fact that the Matura is a religious cult and the founder of this cult was Sri Sri Harichand Thakur. He was born in a remote village of east Bengal in the year 1812. He instructed his disciples to be anti-Vedic in religious performances and anti-casteist in social relations. The seminar hall was not a very big one; however, it was full to the brim . The person who was remembered in the meeting, Krishna Chandra Thakur throughout his life was very much meticulous to this cult. He was born in 1916 and died 10 years back. He had very little formal education but did lot for the spread of education amongst the downtrodden. He was a man of scientific thought and knowledge and a well believer in the rationalism. He joined B.S.P. as soon as this political party was formed by Sahib Kanshi Ram for making the society vertical to horizontal.


Manohar Mouli Biswas, the General Secretary of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha gave the welcome address to the audience explaining the reason why the topic of discussion should be widely propagated among the common people. The meeting was presided over by Prof. Naresh Das. Prof. Samar Roy and Sri M. N. Talukdar spoke about the life and activities of K.C. Thakur. A good number of Matua-singers glorified the function by their honest singings of Matua-songs. At the end Dr. Amit Biswas gave thanks to the audience. Mr. Dilip Mitra anchored the program very nicely.

Posted on July 02, 2008

DR. RONKI RAM IN TORONTO

Welcome Dr. Ronki Ram as being a chief guest for the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's 117th Birthday celebration in Toronto

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (May 15, 2008)

 

EYE CAMP ORGANIZED IN JALANDHAR

By Kamal Jassi

Eyes are one of such organs that play a very important role for the day to day functioning of the body. Even if one is healthy in every other aspect of their lives, without eyes one loses the ability to enjoy seeing the beauty the nature has to offer. However, loss of sight can be prevented in most cases with early detection and intervention. According to Dr. James Clarke, 80% of blindness is preventable. Sometimes what is needed is encouragement and motivation to have the eyes examination; at other times, a bit of financial help is needed. Whatever the case may be, it is important for all to not only have their own eyes examined, but also to encourage their families, friends, and people in their local community to do so.

Couple of years ago, when I returned to India for a visit with my family, I noticed there were several seniors in our neighborhood who were losing their eyes and when I asked them why have not have their eyes examined, they gave their different reasons. Whatever their reasons may be, I was quite touched and wanted to do something about it and I shared my sentiments with my brother, Chaman Jassi and he gave me information of eye camps that are organized through various organizations and community groups. When I retuned to Canada , I shared my thoughts with friends and made plans with the Rotary Club (Jalandhar) to organize an eye camp in my town Santokhpura in Jalandhar. I returned to India in November 2007 for a few weeks and worked with the local community to facilitate the camp and I was very much overwhelmed by the dedication, effort, and support everyone including doctors and nurses had put into this camp. As a result of this camp, a number of eye examinations were completed which led to over 139 surgeries so far.

For this endeavor, I am very grateful to everyone who came forward to encourage and help me with this camp.

Posted onwww.ambedkartimes.com ( February 24, 2008)  

 

SHRI GURU RAVI DASS GURPURB IN YUBA CITY

Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha congratulates to every one on the 631st Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Ji and it will be celebrated at Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temple, Yuba City (California) on SUNDAY of March 02, 2008 . All Sangat is cordially invited by the Sabha.

For more information in details please call to:

Shingara Ralh 530-713-1823 Parshotam Sood 530-923-0351

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 28, 2008

 

BUDDHA VIHARA'S FOUNDATION STONE CEREMONY

1. The foundation stone of the Buddha Vihara was laid by H’ble Mr. Rahul Kumar Sherwal from California (USA ) on 17th February, 2008 at Fatehpur (Chhutmalpur) Kalsia highway, Distt- Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.   2. A grand ceremony was organised at this occasion. The ceremony was started by the BUDDHA VANDANA led by three nos of Monks in a pleasant environment.   3. The message comprising- the need to build such Buddha Viharas as an organ to carry forward Baba Sahib’s mission- sent by H’ble RB Gautam from New Jersey, America was also read by the Chief Guest- H’ble Rahul Kumar Sherwal.   4. The poem- Prayer from Tathagat- written by H’ble RB Gautam was sung collectively by three nos of Buddhists ladies- Mrs. Sushila Bauddha, Mrs. Sheetal Gautam and Ms. Seema Gautam. The viewers were glued and cheered.   5. The prominent persons who present were - Mr. Hari Ram Gautam – State Minister, Uttar Pradesh Govt., Mr. Jai Singh -Film Maker, Mr. Chandra Singh-IAS (Retd), Mr. Gyan Chand- IRS. Etc.   6. A noticeable gathering took part in the ceremony. Food was also served to the public.   7. A Music Party led by Mr. Kitab Singh Bauddha, Firozabad , performed in such a melodious way that the people were stunned.   8. All the Shakti Sadhana Mission and Triple Gem Trust members were present at this holy occasion, namely- Mr. BS Bauddha, Mr. IS Bauddha, Mr. Sudhir Gautam and Mr. CP Bauddha.   9. Anchoring was performed by Mr. Bhupendra Gautam.   10. Vote of thanks was done by Mr. Narendra Gautam.   May Lord Buddha bless you all happiness!  

Bauddhacharya and Philosopher, Dhan Prakash Bauddha (President) SSM and Triple Gem Trust

Posted onwww.ambedkartimes.com ( February 29, 2008)

 

Tribal rallyFor the implementation of Forest Act, 2006  & opposing Vijaynagar police firing on Tribals, on 29 Feb. at Vyara, District Tapi ( Gujarat)

Followed by several other rallies in Gujarat & Maharashtra

As you are aware that the rules for the implementation of Scheduled tribes and traditional forest dwellers (recognition of forest land) Act, 2006 are declared by the central government with some flaws, after a long delay. In the mean time, massive attempts were made by forest officials for the harassment and eviction of forest dwellers from their occupied land, nationally, which is now needed to undo according to the objective of Act. But it is difficult task; the Government policies running under the neo-liberalism are already abdicating its pronounced commitment. It is acquiring the fertile agricultural land and forest land for MNCs and big corporate houses for the special economic zones (SEZ) & the mining purposes, at one hand and the other hand declaring the rules for the implementation of FRA providing legal rights to the tribal over the forest land. The whole exercise is looking ridiculous and contradicting to each other.

Friends, while the conservationists, a section of forest bureaucrats, paper & pulp companies and other wastage interests are campaigning for its non- implementation, only the people’s struggle with the powerful mobilization can employ it in the interest of Tribals. However, after the notification, the act required state governments to constitute committees at different level for the commencement of the Act.

At this juncture, Lok Sangharsh Morcha has decided to hold a series of tribal rallies in Gujarat and Maharashtra for the implementation of FRA. It is started from Vyara; district Tapi on 29 th February, 08 (rally ground is behind DNC market). Twenty thousand participants including the Tribal women are expected to come in this rally from different part of district.

Rally would be followed by other rallies to different districts of Gujarat and Maharashtra like 13 March at Sagbara ( Gujarat) Bhusawal on 28 Feb., Yaval on 3 March, Chopra, Dharangaon, Chalisgaon, Nandurbar, Shahda, Taloda and Shirpur (Maharastra). The condemnation of police firing on tribal held on 13 February at Vijaynagar Taluka ( Gujarat) demanding for expulsion of culprits would be the other major issue of the rally.

The implementation of Fifth schedule of constitution ensuring tribal self rule in Gujarat is also one of the prominent issues.

Please makes sure your participation in the struggle. With regards,

Ambarish Rai ( President), Pratibha Shinde (General Secretary ) LOK SANGHARSH MORCHA (LSM)

Posted onwww.ambedkartimes.com ( February 28, 2008)

 

   SITA RAM SHEEMAR PASSED AWAY

Late Sita Ram Sheemar
 

Anand Balley
It is very shocking news about Mr. Sita Ram Sheemar who passed away with attack of brain hemorrhage   on February 13, 2008 in Toronto . Mr. Sita Ram Sheemar was an elder brother of Mr. Resham Sheemar and Brother-in-law of Mr. Harmesh Sandhi (President Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Ontario ).He was very social active man in Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Ontario .He was only 52 Years old and father of two daughters and son. We all mourn the death of Mr. Sita Ram Sheemar we offer our condolences to the bereaved family.

For share your sympathies with the Sheemar family on this untimely demise of Mr.  Sita Ram Sheemar Contact: Mr. Resham Sheemar at 905-890-4517 or Mr. Harmesh Sandhi at 416-669-5334 

CONDLENCE  

We are so shocked to hear about the sad demise of Mr. Sita Ram Sheemar who passed away on February 13, 2008 . Mr. Sita Ram Sheemar was a very nice & full of sincere love for every body & also he was very active & dedicated to the Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Ontario .   Mr. Sita Ram Sheemar was Brother-in-law of Mr. Harmesh Sandhi (President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Ontario ) & Mr. Ram Sandhi (President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Toronto). Words can not express our shock at this great loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of Sheemar & Sandhi.  

Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor) www.ambedkartimes.com

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 22, 2008 )

 

DR. DAVID HOSLEY HONOREDBY THE SIKH TEMPLE SACRAMENTO

Dr. David Hosley at Sikh Temple Sacramento ( California ) & Group photo has Reverend Wadhawa Singh Gill, Dr. David Hosley, Onkar S. Bindra, Mrs. Hosley, Balbir S. Dhillon, Farjit Singh and Mohinder S. Sandhu (Photo by Ted Sibia). 

Onkar S. Bindra

Sacramento, CA.:- On Feb. 3, the Sikh Temple Sacramento honored Dr. David Hosley, emeritus President and General Manager of PBS/KVIE Sacramento TV Channel 6, for his services to the Sikh community. Darshan Singh Mundy, Vice President (P.R.) welcomed him. Reverend Wadhawa Singh Gill honored him with a Saropa. Chairman, Farjit Singh Nagra, and President, Balbir Singh Dhillon jointly presented a plaque on behalf of the Sikh Community of Greater Sacramento. Amrik Singh Dhugga, Vice President of the Punjabi American Heritage Society of Yuba City, presented a plaque on behalf of the PAHS.

Earlier, Prof. Onkar S. Bindra praised the outstanding, very concise, 3-minute video, MEET THE SIKHS, that Dr Hosley produced in 2005 and which can now be seen on the internet at www.YouTube.com or www.aol.com Dr. Hosley’s statement, “ Their (Sikh’s) story as American immigrants is left out of most textbooks”, proved very valuable in getting “MEET THE SIKHS” on the list of state-approved Supplemental Instructions Materials. Recently, Mr. Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instructions, wrote to County and District Superintendents, “I encourage you to make use of this video to inform students about the roles and contributions of Sikhs to the history of California .” Dr Jasbir Singh Kang thanked Dr. Hosley for producing the new 26-minute video, “SIKHS IN AMERICA”, and appreciated Mr. Ted Sibia, a patron, for his valuable web sites, www.sikhpioneers.org .

In his response, Dr Hosley thanked Prof. Bindra and Dr. Kang for encouragement, suggestions and assistance. He mentioned that KVIE has decided to put “Meet the Sikhs” and a bonus video, “Understanding Sikhism” on the DVD entitled “SIKHS IN AMERICA”, making it a 3-in-1. He added that KVIE will supply the DVD free to libraries, colleges, CSUS, UC Berkeley etc. He further added that PBS will telecast the videos throughout the country. Mr. Mohinder Singh Sandhu, Secretary, requested the congregation to buy multiple copies of the DVD and to loan these to their friends, their children’s friends, neighbors, and colleagues at work so they can all view the videos, and to finally gift the DVDs to school teachers.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 19, 2008 )

 

DR. AMBEDKAR BIRTH DAY CELEBRATION COMMITTEE ORGANIZED

TOP PICTURE: From front: Anand Balley, Raj Paul Bagha, Jit Singh Mattu, Mohinder Sallan, Ashok Sandhu, Sukhdev Thaper, Banta Ram, Maget Sahota, From back: Gain Kaura, Malkiet Heer, Ram Lobaya, Hermesh Sandhi, Ashwani Sandhu, Hans Raj, Ajit Lear, Jagdish Gil & Rakesh Sallan

The meeting took place in the Indian Buddhist Temple (Est. under Dr. Ambedkar Mission Toronto). The committee consists of Ambedkar Mission Toronto, Bhagwan Valmik Sabha Toronto and Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha Ontario . Dr. Ambedkar birth day celebration, chosen committee members: Gain Kaura, Mohinder Sallan, Hans Raj, Banta Ram, Rakesh Sallan, Malkiet Heer, Anand Balley, Ajit Lear, Ashok Sandhu and Sukhdev Thaper, Ashwani Sandhu, Maget Sahota, Jagdish Gill, Jit Sigh Mattu, Harmesh Sandhi, Raj Paul Bagha. The committee decided for Baba Shaib Birth Day celebration in the first week of May 2008. Date and Place will be announced shortly. Please keep visiting www.ambedkartimes.com for more info. This year’s celebration will be to a large extent than last year, probably more successful and better accomplish in our mission.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 10, 2008 )

 

SHRI GURU RAVI DASS SABHAS CELEBRATED BABU MANGOO RAM MUGOWALIA’S 123rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY IN NORTH AMERICA

(Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau)

Ambedkartimes.com congratulates all the Shri Guru Ravidass Sabhas in the entire North America for their great endeavor to celebrate 123 rd Birth anniversary of the founder of the glorious and the first Dalit Movement, popularly known as the Ad Dharm Movement, in Punjab and a renowned Ghadarite Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia who not only envisioned but actually worked for the total emancipation of the Dalits from the clutches of the most oppressive caste based hierarchical social order and their genuine empowerment through their cultural transformation and spiritual regeneration.

In fact, what is more exciting is that it is perhaps for the first time in the history of Dalit diasporas that the 123 rd birth anniversary of Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia, the founder of the Ad Dharm movement, is celebrated at such a grand scale in U.S.A. and Canada. This is a clear indication of the rising level of Dalit consciousness among the community members abroad; quite interestingly a large majority of them also come from the very region to which Babu Ji belonged. Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia’s birth anniversary is celebrated along with the independence celebrations & birth anniversary of Km. Mayawati Ji

Ambedkartimes.com pleads for (1) the declaration of official holiday in the name of Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia , (2 ) naming of I.T.I at Garhshankar after his name and (3) celebrating his birthday as an Ad Dharm day .

Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia was born on January 14, 1886 in a Chamar family in village Mugowal, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab . His father had a business of selling hides. In 1909, Mangoo Ram immigrated to America where he came in close contact with the Gadhar Party (a militant nationalist organisation). On his return home in 1925, he started organizing Scheduled Castes against the system of untouchability and founded the Ad Dharm movement. In January 1928, he led a deputation of 150 prominent Ad Dharmis to the Simon Commission and gave memorandum for equal rights for the Dalits. In 1932, he also met the Lothian Committee at Lahore asserting that Dalits were neither Sikhs, Hindus, Christians nor Muslims. He reiterated the fact that they were, in fact, the indigenous people of India whose religion was Ad Dharm. He also sent telegrams during the Roundtable Conferences in London (1930-32) pledging Ad Dharm support for Dr. B. R. Ambedkar as the leader of the untouchables in India instead of M. K. Gandhi. In 1946, he was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly and remained in legislature till 1952. On 25 July 1976 , he was invited as a Chief Guest by Ad Dharm Brotherhood, UK , at the Ad Dharm Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Ad Dharm Brotherhood, UK honored him with a pension of Rs.100 per month which he received till his death. On 15 August, 1972, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime minister of India, honored him with a Tamra Patra and a pension of Rs.200 per month for the services he rendered in the Gadhar Party during India's struggle for freedom. He died on April 22, 1980.

Among the societies who celebrated this special day: Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Vancouver (Canada), Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Calgary (Canada), Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Ontario ( Toronto, Canada), Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Toronto (Burlington, Toronto Canada), Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York (New York, USA), Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento (California, USA) Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburg (California, USA) , Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Bay Area (California, USA) Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Fresno (California, USA) , Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Selma (California, USA) , Shri Guru Ravidass Temple Yuba City (California, USA), Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Huston (Texas, USA) Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Seattle (Washington., USA) , Ambedkartimes.com (California, USA), Ambedkar Mission Toronto (Canada) & Indian Buddhist Society Toronto (Canada) etc.

Among the prominent personalities who paid tributes to Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia, Bharat Ratan Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Km. Mayawati included Mr. Kewal Bolina (President of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Sacramento), Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor of Ambedkar Times), Mr. Ajit Ram Bangar (Chairman of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Sacramento), Mr. Sonu Ambedkar (Vice President of IBO California), Mr. Mohan Gill (at Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temple Yuba City), Dr. Harmesh, Mr. Dashvinder Paul (Secretary of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Pittsburg), Mr. Ajay Kataria (President of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Pittsburg), Giani Bal Singh, Giani Harblas Singh, Mrs. Ginny Bhatia, Mr. Des Raj Bangar (Secretary of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Fresno), Mr. Bansi Lal Bangar (President of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Fresno), Giani Avtar Singh Maheru (Granthi of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Fresno), Mr. Harbans Singh Mahey, Mr. Mr. Lahori Ram Commissioner, Mr. Randhir Suman, Mr. Baldev Suman (Chairman of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Bay Area), Mr. Vinod Chumber (President of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Bay Area), Mr. Ram Murti Saroya, Mr. Balbir Thind, Mr. Sucha Ram Bharta, Mr. Balbir Singh Royal, Mr. Balbir Singh Sheemar, Mr. Pinder Paul ((President, Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha of New York), , Mr. Pirthi Paul Bangar, Mr. Sita Ram Ahir (New York), Mr. H. P. Karrah (Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Calgary), Mr. Kuldip Mehmi (Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Huston), Mr. Harmesh Sandhi (President of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Ontario), Mr. Anand Balley (General Secretary of Ambedkar Mission Toronto), Mr. Daulat Birdi, Mr. Hardev Bangar, Mr. Raj Kumar Oshoraj (Vice President of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto (Canada) at Shri Guru Ravidass Gurudwara Burlington (Toronto, Canada ), & Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber (www.ambedkartimes.com) etc.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 1st, 2008 )

 

Top picture: Left to Right Kewal Singh, Mulkh Raj Damria, Sucha Ram Bharta, Balbir Singh Sheenmar, Vinod Kumar Chumber (President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha bay area) Grand son of Shri Mangu Ram and Sant Ram .Bottom Picture Amar Chand Suman, Sant Ram, Suchram Bharta, Kewal Singh, Baldev Suman (Chairman of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha bay area) Dharam Paul Jhamat, Vinod Kumar Chumber.

 

SHRI GURU RAVI DASS SOCIETIES CELEBRATING
BABU MANGOO RAM MUGOWALIA’S
123 rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

(Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau)

Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Vancouver, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of New York, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Seattle, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburg, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Bay Area, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Fresno, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Selma, Shri Guru Ravidass Temple Yuba City & Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Burlington ( Toronto ) will celebrate the birth anniversary of Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia who was a great revolutionary, freedom fighter & founder of the Ad Dharm Movement in Punjab in the early 1920s. He was one of the very few Mulnivasi visionaries who correctly realized that the real salvation of the downtrodden lies in their total social and cultural transformation.

The birth anniversary celebration will be held on Sunday January 27 th 2008 at Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temples except Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Bay Area and this Sabha will celebrate at Newark Pavilion 6430, Thornton Avenue Newark ( California ). All sangat is requested by the Shri Guru Ravidass Societies to participate in this celebration with families.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 25, 2008 )

 

Seminar on Sources of Dalit Consciousness in Punjab Organised by Dalit Chetna Manch Punjab (Regd.) At Mohali

(Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau)    

The Ad Dharm movement gave a distinct social identity to the socially excluded people of the state who came to have their own religion (Ad Dharm), their own Gurus (Sat Gurus Ravidass, Kabir and Valmiki Ji) their own symbols (Sohangh and Har), their own way of address (Jai Guru Dev and Dhan Guru Dev) and their own ardas (Nam Tero Aarti and Jo Bole so Nirvaih, Sri Guru Ravidass Maharaj ki Jai). Dr. Ronki Ram      

Chandigarh : - Dalit Chetna Manch Punjab (Regd.) organised a seminar on "Sources of Dalit Consciousness in Punjab " at Mohali on January 20, 2008 . Speaking on the topic of the seminar Dr. Ronki Ram of the Department of Political Science, Panjab University emphasised on the role of the Ad Dharm movement of Punjab , founded by Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia, in the generation of Dalit consciousness in the state. He said this movement gave a distinct social identity to the socially excluded people of the state who came to have their own religion (Ad Dharm), their own Gurus (Sat Gurus Ravidass, Kabir and Valmiki Ji) their own symbols (Sohangh and Har), their own way of address (Jai Guru Dev and Dhan Guru Dev) and their own ardas (Nam Tero Aarti and Jo Bole so Nirvaih, Sri Guru Ravidass Maharaj ki Jai). In addition, he refered to the role played by various Ravidass Deras in the consolidation of the Ravidassi Samaj in Punjab , particularly Dera Sach Khand Ballan. He also highlighted the role played by the Dalit Diaspora in the creation of Dalit Consciousness in the state. Organisation of International Dalit conferences in Europe and North America, construction of Ravidass Temples in different cities abroad, launching of web sites, newspapers and magazines are some of the most prominent activities of the Dalit Diaspora.    

Mr. Sri Ram Arash, a noted poet of the region, deliberated in detail on the contribution of the Bhakti movement and the Gurus in the proliferation of Dalit consciousness in Punjab . He said though religion has been the prime cause of untouchability and casteism in our country, but it was also used to cut the roots of this very social evil. Mr. Shamsher Purkhalvi, President of the Dali Chetna Manch, said that lack of proper leadership and social consciousness could be held responsible for the sorry state of affairs of the Dalits and the only way out for its peaceful resolution is the articulation and proper dissemination of Dalit consciousness in the state and the entire country. He assured that his Manch would continue to struggle towards that end. Mr. Bhupinder Singh of the Manch read the annual report of the organisation and underlined the fact that by now the Manch has spent about 60 lacks rupees on the development of the Dalits.    

Mr. Jasjit Singh Banni, Chairman of Punjab State Co-operative Bank, was the chief guest on the occasion. In his concluding remarks he appreciated the efforts of the Manch and the leadership provided by Mr. Purkhalvi. He said that social service is the supreme and respectable service towards the mankind. If this service is done towards the downtrodden, its importance increases even further many folds. He also released the New Year Calendar of the Dalit Chetna Manch.

Other dignitaries who participated in seminar included Councilor Mrs. Baljit Kaur Purkhalvi , Vice president MC Harmanpreet Singh, Councilor Mohanbir Singh Shergill, District Public Relations Officer Ms. Uma Sharma, Madam Rajwant Kaur, Bhajan Singh Baghri, Inderjit Singh Chandigarh , Mr. Chaman Lal among others.  

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 21, 2008 )

 

Celebrations of India ’s Republic Day and Birthdays of Ghadri Baba Mangoo Ram Mugowalia and Kum. Mayawati 

By Jai Birdi

The past weekend turned out to be full of celebrations and events in the Vancouver area .

(Vancouver): Saturday, January 26, marked the 59 th Republic day of India and it was observed by flag-hoisting ceremony and reception hosted by the Consul General of India, Shri Ashok Kumar.  The ceremony included consul general reading President Pratibha Patil’s address to the nation that she made on the eve of the republic day.

While Indians and persons of Indian origin were cherishing Indian’s Republic Day Celebrations, a number of Christian missionaries were celebrating Mission Fest 2008 at the Vancouver Convention and Trade Centre, just a few meters away from the consulate general premises. The Mission Fest is based on the principle of local churches working together to reach out to the world.  To reach out to the world, the Surrey-based Dalit Freedom Network screened a film, “India’s Hidden Journey”- showing child labor, trafficking of young girls under the guise of temple prostitutes, and other forms of subjugation faced mostly by Dalits in India.  While the organizers acknowledged that India has made significant changes and continues to make progress in many fronts, mind sets of a lot of people still needs to be changed.

On the following day, members of Chetna Association of Canada and Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Vancouver observed India ’s Republic Day and birthdays of Chief Minister Mayawati and the late Ghadri Baba Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia.  A one-hour film on the achievements of CM Mayawati was screened and a message written by Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia was read at the Dr. Ambedkar Library in Burnaby , located in the premises of the Shri Guru Ravidass Community Centre at 7271 Gilley Avenue .

According to Prof. GS Ball, “Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia represents a rare example among the revolutionaries Ghadrites philosophy. In those dark days, it was rare for an untouchable to understand the essence of revolution against imperialism. But he rose to the occasion and proved his mettle. He joined the Ghaddar Party when he went to California (U.S.A.) in 1909 A.D. As its active member, Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia; it appears desired an establishment of society which must be based on Equality. And he saw one being fought for by the Ghadrites as they had abolished all social distinctions among themselves first-which, perhaps, is not the practice with the modern community or who profess change of the sort. As Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia spoke of the Ghaddar Party, "It was a new society; we were all treated as equals".

On Sunday January 27 in the evening, the Republic Day celebrations were hosted by All India Congress Association of Vancouver ( Canada ) at the Fraserview Banquet Hall.  The reception stated by recital of Indian and Canadian national Anthems, opening address by Gopal Lohia, and cultural performances.  The ceremony also included the Consul General of India, Shri Ashok Kumar, garlanding the portrait of Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar, Father of Indian constitution.  The consul general was joined by the office bearers of All India Congress Association, Chetna Association of Canada, and the Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Vancouver .  Number of key dignitaries who took part in these celebrations included MP Sukh Dhaliwal, MLA Harry Bains, MLA Dave Hayer, and Councilor Sav Dhaliwal.  Arun Suri, chairperson of this organization expressed his gratitude to all for joining in these celebrations.

Seeing the work and vision being acknowledged by the mainstream organization was a powerful experience for many.

“I think this is a remarkable gesture and step taken by the Indian National Congress of Vancouver to acknowledged and pay tributes to Dr. Ambedkar on the Republic Day.  I think this is the first time it has happened in Canada where a non-Dalit took this type of initiative”, said Bill Basra, president of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Vancouver .

Harbir Batra, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress (Vancouver) sees it as everyone’s responsibility to pay tributes to national Fathers such as Dr. Ambedkar.

“It was our moral duty to pay regards and tributes to our learned great leader with whose efforts and contributions to Indian polity we are getting purity in our society day by day. The name of Baba Sahib will always shine in the sky of India as father of the constitution which paved path for equality and eradication of social evils”, said Batra.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008 )

 

World Religion Day Celebration 2008

Dr. Ambedkar Mission ( Toronto ) takes part in the World Religion Day. Ven Gayanosiri Chief Abbot of Indian Buddhist Temple (Established under Ambedkar Mission Toronto ) did a Buddhist prayer, along with a speech on Buddhism. Anand, Punam , and Benjamin Balley and Jagiri and Shinder Bance attended this celebration. Along with the Mayor of Pickering , Shashi Bhatia, Toronto Police Chief and the Indian Consulate General. Including Joanie Gerter, Nick Preston, Donald Igbokwe and Perry Halls, who are member of the organizing committee.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008 )
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DR. SAWRAJ SINGH’S VISIT TO CALIFORNIA 

 

Picture (1): Dr. A J Sekhon presenting a plaque to Dr. Sawraj Singh Left to Right: Rabinder S. Atwal, Harbans Jagyasu, Mohinder S. Ghagg, Tara S. Sagar, Dr. Sawraj Singh, Dr. Arjinderpal S. Sekhon, and Attorney Jaspreet Singh Picture (2): Dr. Swaraj releasing Tejinder S. Thind's book on Punjabi 'Gazal' Left to Right: Harbans S. Jagyasu, President Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Dr. Swaraj Singh, Tejinder S. Thind, Manjit Kaur Sekhon, Nirmal S. Lalli. Picture (3): Participants in discussion on "Sikh Ideology and the Menace of Globalization' organized by Amritsar Times Newsgroup, San Jose . Left to Right: Jasjit Singh, Sarbjit K. Cheema, Prof. Pritam Singh Cheema, Jaswinder S. Jandy, Dr. Swaraj Singh, Ajmer Singh, Kamal Banga, Jaswant S. Hothi, Resham Singh, Harjot S. Khalsa and Jagjit Naushehrvi.  


Dr. Amrik Singh (Sacramento)  

Sacramento : - Dr. Sawraj Singh is a well know cardio-vascular surgeon and a prolific writer, columnist and social scientist. He is chairman, Washington State N etwork for Human Rights. He has authored more than nineteen books on South Asian politics and religions. He believes that South Asia has a lot to give to the world in restructuring international human relations.

During his three day tour in California , Dr. Sawraj Singh had a very hectic schedule. On Saturday, January 19, 2008 , he joined wedding ceremony of Sabrina K. Dhillon with Parmjit S. Bains in Sikh Temple El Sobrante ( California ) . Sabrina is the daughter of Harbhajan Singh Dhillon, one of the popular Punjabi poets of California . Addressing a distinguished gathering in El Sabrante Gurdwara, Dr. Swaraj Singh explained meanings of ‘Shabad’ recited on performing wedding ceremonies.

In the afternoon, he was invited by Amritsar Times Newsgroup in San Jose , California for joining the discussion on “Sikh Principles and the Menace of Globalization” Later; he paid a visit to the historical Sikh Gurudwara in Stockton . On Sunday, Dr. Sawraj Singh addressed the congregation in Gurudwara West Sacramento. Then, he proceeded to Yuba City to attend a meeting of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha California .

Posted on www.ambedlartimes.com ( January 25, 2008 )

 

FOUNDATION OF BUDDHA VIHARA WILL BE LAID BY SHERWAL  

Respected all Namo Buddhay! Jai Bheem!!      

1. The programme of the Foundation of Buddha Vihar has been fixed now. It is on Sunday, 17 Feb, 2008 . 2. It is to be made on Chhutmalpur (Fatehpur) – Kalsia Road , Distt- Saharanpur, (UP) 3. In addition, An English Medium Public School plus a Bauddhacharya School will be a part of this holy place. 4. THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THIS BUDDHA VIHAR WILL BE LAID BY OUR CHIEF GUEST, HONUORABLE RAHUL KUMAR SHERWAL FROM CALIFORNIA , ( USA ) . 5. A grand ceremony will be held on this auspicious occasion. So, all are cordially invited to attend the function. 6. I once again thank you all for your liberal generosity to this noble work. THIS IS OUR DONORS SUCCESS. BUDDHA VIHAR IS ESSENTIAL TO CARRY FORWARD BABA SAHEB’S MISSION . May Lord Buddha bless you all pleasures and happiness! With deep bow down,

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 25, 2008 )

 



S. PARKASH SINGH BADAL

PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER
S. PARKASH SINGH BADAL INAUGURATED

BABA SAHIB DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR BUS TERMINAL

Phagwara (16 January, Wednesday): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal Inaugurated Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Bus Terminal PRTC, newly built Ultra-Modern, at a cost of Rs. 3.22 crore on BOT basis in 25 Kanal of land at Phagwara. On that occasion addressing the large gathering M. Mohan Lal and Ch. Swarna Ram Cabinet Ministers appreciated the Founder of the Indian Constitution Dr. Baba Sahib Ambedkar and his contributions.

Dr. Ambedkar was one of the illustrious sons of the India who struggled throughout his life to restructure the Indian Society on humanitarian and egalitarian principles. He was not only a great national leader but also a distinguish scholar of international repute. 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.

It is pertinent to mention here that the question of naming the new Bus Terminal of Phagwara after the name of Dr. Ambedkar was raised by Advocate Virdi in the Panchayat Samiti Phagwara's meeting, held on 23rd November, 2007 under the chairperson Smt. Krishna Kainth, which was unanimously passed by the whole house and the same was supported by the three dozen leaders of social, religious bodies, members of the Phagwara MC Councilors, Village Panchs and Namberdars and Social Organisations.

Advocate Virdi thanks to Mr.Charanjit Hans district President, Bhagwan Valmik Dharam Yud Morcha Kapurthala, Gurmukh Singh President, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Society, Kapurthala, Harinder Seetal President, Bharitya Valmik Trekal Kapurthala, Surinder Singh Mattu President, Bhagwan Valmik Braham Gian Punjab, Ram Pal Bangar President, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Kapurthala, Puran Singh Zonal President, All India SC, ST Employes, Dharam Pal Panther Gen. Secy. Dr. B R Ambedkar Society, RCF Kapurthala, Mr. Kashmir Singh Mahi, Smt. Jasbir Kaur Khera members of Zila Parishad, Kapurthala, Smt. Surinder Kaur Councilor Phagwara, Darshan Lal, Sarpanch, Madhopur, Gian Chand Sarpanch, Ranipur Kamboan, Chaman Lal Sarpanch, Mauli, Mohinder Pal Sarpanch, Chaheru, Kashmiri Lal Sarpanch, Bhanoki, Jatinder Singh Sarpanch, Pipa Rangi, Mehanga Ram Sarpanch, Gobindpura, Tirath Ram Sarpanch, Bhula Rai, Gurparshad Bagga Sarpanch, Kot Rani, Chainchal Ram Sarpanch, Nangal, Surinder Kaur Sarpanch, Chachoki, Surjeet Kumar Sarpanch, Khera, Kulwinder Kaur Sarpanch, Birk, Jasbir Sarpanch, Khalwara, Kamla Devi Sarpanch, Amrik Nagri, Charanjit Singh Namberdar, Narur, Somnath Namberdar, Jagatpur Jattan, Raunki Ram Namberdar, Darvesh Pind, Bakshi Ram Namberdar, Abadi, Niranjan Dass and Mehanga Ram Namberdar, Phagwara, Hukam Singh, Smt. Kamaljit Kaur, Shangara Ram, Ram Saran, Vijay Laxmi, Rupinder Kaur etc. all Block Samiti members also supported and signed the memorandum. Dr. Ambedkar Welfare Society, Birk, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Urban Estate, Phagwara, Mohinder Singh, Gen. Sec. Pragtisheel Vichar Manch, Phagwara, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Welfare Committee, Phagwara for co-operation and support the same.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 18, 2008 )

 

THE WORKSHOP ON DALIT STUDENTS’ POLITICS & RELEASE OF INSIGHT ISSUE 

Anoop Kumar
Insight Editorial Collective  

Date: - 3rd February 2008 Time: - 2.30 pm  Venue: - Qaumi Ekta Trust (Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Bhawan) 31, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, Gole Market, New Delhi – 110001

I nsight Editorial Collective cordially invites you to the release of the next issue of 'Insight: Young Voices' on 3rd February (Sunday). The release will be followed by a workshop on 'Dalit Students' Politics: Challenges and Directions', where Dalit student activists from different universities/institutions will share their campus experiences as well as deliberate on the different issues concerning Dalit students.

The recent report of Prof. S.K. Thorat Committee exposing the caste discrimination faced by the Dalit students in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and complete inaction from the Indian Government has reinforced the need for a vibrant and autonomous Dalit students' activism. Dalit movement has a long history of youth participation. However, due to various reasons, a strong Dalit students' politics, that could have a major impact both inside as well as outside the campus, has not emerged. Though every educational campus of this country is simmering with Dalit Consciousness, yet it will take some time and huge efforts to channelise Dalit students' energies towards our common cause.

Being itself the product of Dalit students' activism, 'Insight: Young Voices' is committed towards a strong and autonomous Dalit student politics. Apart from regular articles and interviews on various issues, the cover story of our next issue of 'Insight: Young Voices' tries to map the emergence and role of Dalit students' politics in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hyderabad Central University and Meerut University (UP), as these have become one of the most important centers of Dalit students' mobilisation and articulation.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008 )

 

SCREENING OF FILM “KAMMO”
AND A DISCUSSION ON SOCIAL ISSUES


(1) Prabhjot Sandhu- reads a letter in which an "unborn girl" pleads her parents to not abort her just because she is a girl. Written to her parents (2) Prabhjot Sandhu, along with other members, displays poster with a letter from an "unborn girl" (3) Gurdeep Bhullar receives award of recognition from Chetna Association of Canada for his film "Kammo".

Photos: Paramjit Kainth & Report by Jai Birdi

Vancouver (Canada): C hetna Association of Canada hosted a function on January 12 at the Dr. Ambedkar Library (Guru Ravidass Community Centre) in Burnaby where Gurdeep Bhullar’s film Kammo on female infanticide was shown; Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s calendar produced by Gurpreet Singh and Radio India painted by Shital Anmol was distributed, and a fictional letter of unborn female child was read by a teenage girl, Prabhjot Sandhu.  The fictional letter was written by Dr. Baldev Singh, Sr. Medical Officer and Dr. Gurminder Sidhu of Mohali and was sent to Chetna Association of Canada by Dr. Brij Lal, also of Mohali. 

After the film, a discussion was held on the following issues:

  1. Female infanticide
  2. Role of Shaheed Mewa Singh and Komagatamaru
  3. Immigration and refugee policies and challenges faced by Lamber Singh, and
  4. Indian constitution and the upcoming republic day celebrations.

Gopal Lohia and Vinay Sharma, representing the Indian National Congress (I) also took part in the discussion and announced their plans to dedicate republic day to Dr. Ambedkar, father and brain behind making of the Indian constitution.  These celebrations are to be held at the Fraser view Banquet Hall in Vancouver . 

Surinder Ranga, president of Chetna Association of Canada and Bill Basra, president of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha ( Vancouver ) also announced their plans to celebrate the Indian Republic Day on January 27 at 1 pm at the Dr. Ambedkar Library in Burnaby .

Paramjit Kainth, community activist and a director of Chetna Association of Canada denounced the practice of female infanticide and sang a song dedicated to all women.

Gurdeep Bhullar, who was honored for making the film Kammo and educating communities on the issue of female infanticide in India and in Canada , was very humble with his comments and said he had only done what was his duty.  Bhullar also highlighted a need to produce more film on other social issues. 

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 18, 2008 )

 

Mr. Jai Birdi of Vancouver Honored by four organizations

Report by: Harry Kainth and Photos by Paramjit Kainth

Vancouver : On Sunday January 6, 2008 Mr. Jai Birdi of Vancouver , Canada , was honored by a number of organizations for his sincere services to the community.  Birdi was also honored on his advancement in his care and his recent appointment as a regional manager with crown agency, Community Living British Columbia.  Mr. Jai Birdi joined public service approximately twenty years ago. 

We had been thinking of honoring for long time, but this was a more appropriate “timing to celebrate Jai’s contributions”, said Bill Basra, president of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha ( Vancouver ).   Number of organizations and individuals joined Basra in showing their appreciation for the work Mr. Jai Birdi has been doing.  Among these organizations were: Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha ( Vancouver , BC ), Shri 108 Sant Sarwan Dass Charitable Trust ( Western Canada ), Indian Buddhist Society (Vancouver), and Chetna Association of Canada.  Jai was presented with a plaque of honor in the morning during the Sunday gathering at the Guru Ravidass Community Centre in Burnaby and a dinner was organized in the evening at the Royal Banquet Hall in Vancouver .

MLA Raj Chauhan, Burnaby City Councilor Sav Dhaliwal, Famous Radio host Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha committee members and more than 200 well known people from the Community were present to congratulate and show their appreciation to Jai Birdi.

“Jai Birdi is a very well known and a much respected person in the Community and we all feel very proud to be associated with him”, said Paramjit Kainth, a strong community activist and former general secretary of Chetna Association of Canada.

Some of the projects that Jai undertook and involved the community included in completing these projects included:

(1) Installing Dr. Ambedkar photos and his collected works at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and University of Victoria. (2) Coordinating International Dalit Conference in Vancouver (3) Installing Bust of Dr. Ambedkar at the Simon Fraser University  ( Vancouver ).  The Bust was donated by the Dr. Ambedkar group of UK and the base was donated by Bill Basra. (4) Presented Dr. Ambedkar Portrait to the City of Burnaby .  The painting, by Shital Anmol, is now installed in the deliberation room at the City Hall. (5) Facilitated presentation of Dr. Ambedkar portrait to the Consulate general of India .  The painting by Shital Anmol was donated by Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Vancouver .

On behalf of all organizations and his friends, we wish very best to Jai Birdi and congratulate him and his family on his promotion.

“We are very thankful to the people who helped us arrange this event for Mr. Jai Birdi: Bill Basra, Varinder Banger, Satish Aujla, Harjinder Mall (Golden) and Kamlesh Ahir”, said Paramjit Kainth, who was also the master of ceremony for the celebrations.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 16, 2008 )

 

Annual Conference of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha

Manohar Biswas ( General Secretary, Bangla Dali Sahitya Sanstha, Kolkata)


B
engal Dalit Cultural Identity is a separate and unique one because of the reason that the Buddhist kings of the Pala dynasty ruled Bengal successively for four hundred years at a stretch from 750AD to 1155AD. Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha is an organization which has been working for last sixteen years in the field of Dalit literary and cultural movement in the state of West Bengal . It has been working striving to the formation of their own cultural identity. It has its members all over the state. It has celebrated the SIXTEENTH SANGITI in a daylong program in the Bengal Traditional Sports Foundation, Salt Lake , Kolkata, on the 25th December through different activities. It needs be highlighted that there had been the celebrations of four SANGITIS in ancient India by the Buddhist rulers. The term SANGITI was adopted from the Buddhist literature. The sangiti means the conference. Why sangiti is on 25 th of December every year is because of the fact that on this particular date of 1927, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar burnt the Manusmriti along with his thousand and thousand followers. Dr. Bikram Sarkar and Dr. Debi Chatterjee were invited for opening and to be the guest-in-honor of the function. Both of them delivered most affluent and encouraging speech to the audience.

The function was opened by offering the garlands to the portrait of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar by different dignitaries present in the occasion. This year a special care was taken so that all the poets and poetesses present in the function took part in their self-expression and significantly the death of the Dalits in Singur and Nandigram of West Bengal came to the surface. Amongst all others Kalyani Thakur, Manju Bala, Sukanta Mandal, Samudra Biswas, Sunil Kumar Das, Bimalendu Halder, Amar Biswas, Shashi Bhushan Poddar, Ashutosh Biswas, Anilkrishna Mallick, Debdas Majumdar, Sujata Biswas, Raju Das, Jyoti Ghosh, Bimal Biswas, Sadhan Naskar, etc had elevated their own voice. Nakul Mallick had read out a number of selective Dalit poems published from time to time in his own edited little magazine ;Dalit Kantha’.

A number of Dalit issues including the Dalit messiah were put under the secret cards for the extempore speech of the participants and some of topics beautifully told by the speakers. In Bengal Guruchand Thakur, a Dalit messiah was born in 1846 who made a lot of things for the social, political, economic and educational upliftment of the downtrodden. In the year 1907, he put a representation to the then Governor of Bengal Assam Mr. David Hare for the employment of the educated Dalit pupils and in pursuance Kumud Ranjan Mallick, Shashi Bhushan Thakur, Tarini Charan Bala had been recruited in the Govt. jobs. This year the centenary of the Dalit participation in Govt. machinery is celebrated in the annual sangiti of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha. Another point of discussion in the open session was about Dalit Empowerment in India and the topic was advocated in an illusory manner by Shashi Bhushan Poddar. During the Pala dynasty of Bengal eighty four Buddhist Siddhas became famous in the field of literary activities. They had created the Charyas of Bengali literature which had been totally lost and nothing of it was available in Bengal . In the year 1907, Haraprasad Shastri a renowned scholar of Bengal discovered this lost literature of the downtrodden from national archive of Nepal . This year in the sixteenth sangiti the BDSS has celebrated the centenary year of the discovery of the Charyas. Manohar Mouli Biswas, the General Secretary of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha spoke on the centenary celebration of the discovery of the early Bengal literature.

‘Is There Dalit Writing in Bangla?’ is an article of Meenakshi Mukherjee published in a recent volume of the Economic and Political Weekly. The house extended their thanks to the writer. Manoranjan Byapari, a reputed Dalit story writer is also thank-worthy for his supplementations.

The opening session was presided over by Dr. Gunadhar Barman, the president of the sanstha and it was anchored by Samudra Biswas, asstt. secretary. The Kavi-sammelan was anchored by Sukanta Mandal and Kalyani Thakur. The closing session was presided over by Prof. Dr. Indra Mohan Mondal. The daylong program ended with a shuti-natak ( two character drama), ‘Anarjyabarata’. It was performed by Bhargonath Bhattacharjya and his wife. The Anarjyabarata is an elaboration of the poem ‘Hidimba- Ghatotkoch Sanglap’ of Manohar Mouli Biswas which was earlier published in a Bengali magazine from Canada .

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 14, 2008 )

 

JANAB AZAD JALANDHARY’S WIFE PASSED AWAY

We are much shocked to hear about the sad demise of the great Poet and Author, Janab Azad Jalandhary's wife (Gurmeeto Azad). She passed away on Sunday morning of February 10, 2008


We shall remember her as a kind and considerate woman. We know that words can’t console Janab Azad Jalandhary in his deep sorrow. Only time can heal the wound caused by the cruel hand of death. Our hearts are full of sympathy for the Janab Azad Jalandhary Sahib family at this sorrow.

Prem Kumar Chumber

www.ambedkartimes.com

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 11, 2008 )

 

MISS. AFFVAN BAGHA PASSED AWAY

It is a shock to hear about the sad demise of Miss. Affvan Bagha D/o Mr. Dhayan Singh Bagha. Miss Affvan was 21 years old and had a diploma in Laboratory. She died in an accident in Jalandhar ( Punjab) India on February 1st, 2008 when she was going home with her sister Miss Sujan Bagha on moped. Miss Sujan Bagha, who is law graduate, is admitted in the hospital. The parents Mrs. Nirmal Kaur Bagha (Mother) & Mr. Dhayan Singh Bagha (Father) are in Sacramento ( California).

Mr. Dhayan Singh Bagha can be reached at Cell. 916 806 6010 & Home 916 369 8140.
I on my own behalf and on the behalf of www.ambedkartimes.com share sympathies with the Bagha family on this untimely demise of Miss. Affvan Bagha and pray for Miss. Sujan Bagha. May she recover quickly.

Prem Kumar Chumber (Ediror: www.ambedkartimes.com)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 01, 2008)

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CONDOLENCES ON DEMISE OF AEEVAN BAGHA

On behalf of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada, we extend our deepest sympathy for Bagha family for the loss of their beloved daughter Miss Affvan Bagha. We also pray to Lord Buddha to bless Miss Sujan Bagha for her quick recovery from her injuries. The loss of Mr. Dhyan Bagha's daughter is not a loss for his family alone; it is a loss for the whole community. Miss Affvan Bagha was highly educated and we can imagine how much hard work it takes for parents to raise a child to this level.

We know Mr. Dhyan Bagha since he was living in Toronto , Canada . Also, on behalf of all those in Toronto who know Mr. Dhyan Bagha, we extend our condolences to Bagha family and well wishes for Miss Sujan Bagha's recovery.

Members of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto , Canada

Raj Kumar, Mohan Verdi, Hardev Bangar, Parkash Rahul, Gurbax Rai

The sad news of Miss. Affvan Bagha’s (D/o Dhayan Singh Bagha) death was a big shock to all of us. We know that Bagha family really have suffered a terrible and cruel blow. Our hearts are full of sympathy for them at this sorrow.
C. L. Chumber and family, Jalandhar ( Punjab ), Mrs. Kamlesh Ahir (Vencouver, Canada)

 

 

Late Narender Singh Hira

Narender Singh Hira
(Pappu Seth)

I on my own behalf and on the behalf of <ambedkartimes.com> share sympathies with the Chumber family on the untimely demise of Narender Singh Hira (Pappu Seth Punjabi), brother-in-law of Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor:ambedkartimes.com), on December 30, 2007. Mr. Hira was forty four years old. The Bhog ceremony will be held on Jan. 8th, 2008 in Maharashtra, India.

Ronki Ram (Dr.)
Panjab University Chandigarh (India)


Condolences on demise of Narender Singh Hira
(Pappu Seth)

My dear brother Prem Chumber and Family,

We are so shocked to hear about the sad demise of Narender Singh Hira who was well known name by Pappu Seth. Please convey our sincere condolences to your wife and Hira family members, for whom this loss must be quite unbearable. This is a very big unbearable tragedy for all of us and your in-laws because he was the only son and brother of two sisters in Hira family.

We shall always cherish sweet memories of your dear brother-in-law who was a very fine man and full of sincere love for everybody.

We know that words cannot console you, your wife, daughter, son and Hira family in deep sorrow. Only time can heal the wound caused by the cruel hand of death

Our hearts are full of sympathy for you, your wife, and children as well as for Hira family members.

My both daughters went to the funeral and we all will be there at final ceremony with Hira family. If there is anything we can do for your in-laws, please do not hesitate to write or call me. Your loss is indeed our loss.

C. L. Chumber and family, Jalandhar (Punjab)


Dear Mr. P. K. Chumber and Family,

I share sympathy with you and your family on the sad demise of Narender Singh Hira passed on December 30, 2007.

Dr. S. L. Virdi Advocate, Phagwara, Punjab. Mb. 98145 17499

We are all so deeply upset to read from Ambedkartimes untimely demise of Narender Singh Hira, Brother-in-law of Ambedkartimes Editor's Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber. On behalf of Ambedkar Mission Toronto (Canada) and Balley Family share sympathies with the Chumber Family.

Anand Balley, Ambedkar Mission Toronto (Canada)

On behalf of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada; we extend our condolences on the untimely loss of Narender Singh Hira. It is hard to believe that a professional sportsman like him has so short life. We feel sorry for Hira family and extend our condolences. While family is dealing with unexpected death of their love one; we pray to Lord Buddha to bless them with courage to deal with the tough time and shower peace on Narender Singh Hira's departed soul.

Raj Kumar Oshoraj, Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada

I am very sad to know the untimely demise of your brother-in-law (Narender Singh Hira) through ambedkartimes.com and I feel its unbearable loss to you and Hira’s family and our community also. On behalf of all the members of Dr Ambedkar Weaker Section Welfare Society, I express sympathy with you and Hira family and pay our tributes to demise Ambedkarite, social worker and duteous person.

Harmesh Jassal (President)
Dr. Ambedkar Weaker Section Welfare Society Punjab

I really feel very sad to know about the news of Sh. Narender Singh Hira Ji's sudden death. I went to the residence of your relative Sh. Surinder Mohan Bhatia at Jalandhar for condolences with the printouts of four news papers regarding demise of Sh. Narender Singh Hira. Our hearts are full of sympathy for you and your in-laws at this sorrow.

Virender Singh Gill
www.bhagwanvalmiki.com


More condolences on demise of Narender Singh Hira

There are no words to express grief at the sad demise of your brother-in-law. We just came to know about his death from your website/friends. Our hearts are full of sympathy for you, your wife, and your in-laws at this sorrow. Please let us know if we can be of any help.

From:

Khushi Ram (Vancouver, Canada), Kewal Bolina (President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Sacramento, California), Ajit Ram Bangar (Chairman of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Sacramento, California), Paramjit Bhutta (Chairman of Shri Gurudass Ram Bhutta Charitable Trust), Harbans Singh Ralh (Sacramento), Raj Kumar Oshoraj (Vice President of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada), Dr. Saint, Dhyan Singh Bagha (Cashier of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Sacramento, California), Dashvinder Paul (President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Pittsburgh, California), Sonu Ambedkar (Vice President of IBO, California), Dr. Amrik Singh (Former President of Punjabi Sahit Sabha, California), Kamal Banga (Vice President of Punjabi Sahit Sabha, California), Sumiter Singh Uppal (Indo American culture organization, California), Surjeet Singh Atwal, Vinod Kumar Chumber (President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Bay Area, California), Des Raj Bangar (Secretary of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Fresno, California), Rajinder Gangar (Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Selma, California), Sukhbir Heer (Assistant secretary of IBO, California), Hans Raj Kajla (Secretary of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Sacramento, California), Amolk Singh Jammu (Editor of Punjab Times ), Balbir Singh M A (Chief Editor of Pardes Times), Om Parkash Kamal (Assistant Editor of Pardes Times), Kamlesh Ahir (Indian Buddhist Society Vancouver), Prem Chand Kauldhar (Toronto), Tarsem Jalandhary Journalist, Jasbir Singh Gill (Jalandhar), Paramjit Singh Farma (Jalandhar), Mohinder Paul Randhawa (Jalandhar), Freddy Joseph (Editor of Masihi Sansar, Jalandhar) Prasad Shaesh (Sacramento), Satnam Singh Chumber, G. P. Singh (Jalandhar), Dev Raj Dhaap (Phagwara), Nirmal Singh Heer (Hoshiarpur), Mohinder Singh Bhatia (Hoshiarpur), Azad Jalandhary Poet (San Jose, California), Jaswant Singh Shad (Journalist) Stocton, California, And all other friends/relatives & company colleagues of Narender Kaur Chumber & Prem Kumar Chumber.



Thank you very much to all of you who expressed sympathies on the demise of Narender Singh Hira

Thank you very much to all for your expression of sincere sympathies in the great loss that Chumber family and Hira family have suffered in the death of Narender Singh Hira. I on my own behalf and on the behalf of Hira family really appreciate the sentiments expressed by you all. It’s a great consolation to know that we have many friends/organizations like you all who are with us at this moment when the cruel hand of death has snatched away the only son of Hira family.

Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor, www.ambedkartimes.com)

Posted on January 08, 2008

 
Mrs. Dhano Chand passed away

Fresno: - Mr. Bobby Prem Lal Birdi’s grand mother (Mrs. Dhano Chand) passed away on December 29, 2007 in Fresno (California). She was born on April 9 1922 in India. Mrs. Chand was a prominent member of the Shri Guru Ravidass Community. Her son Makhan Ram Birdi passed away just six months prior in June 2007.

www.ambedkartimes is very shocked to hear about the sad demise of Mrs. Dhano Chand. Our hearts are full of sympathy for Birdi family.

 
BABU MANGU RAM MUGOWALIA’S
SON BABU CHATTAR SAIN PASSED AWAY

Jalandhar (Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau):- It is very shocking news to the Ad Dharm World that Babu Chattar Sain S/O Baba Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Ex M.L.A, a great freedom fighter & founder of the Ad Dharm Movement Punjab, who passed away with attack of brain hemorrhage at 11:30 on November 22, 2007 in CMC Hospital, Ludhiana (Punjab) India. Babu Chattar Sain was retired Assistant Registrar from Co-operative Societies Punjab; Chairman of Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Memorial Trust, Trustee Shri Guru Ravi Dass I.T.I Phagwara (Kapurthala) Punjab & General Secretary of Punjab Pentioners Association Welfare Union. He was very active social man in Ad Dharm World & other social circles. He was 70 years old & father of three sons & one daughter. His all children are married & well known/well settled. We all mourn the death of Babu Chattar Sain and offer our condolences to the bereaved family.
The Antam Ardas/Bhog ceremony will be held on Sunday December 9, 2007 at Ward Number 12, Biram Pur Road, Garhshankar (Hoshiarpur) Punjab (India).

For more & in details, please contact: Mr. Manjit Harman Phone No. 987 658 4535 (India)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 1, 2007)

 
Condolences to Mr. Chattar Sain's family

We are all shocked to learn about the death of Mr. Chattar Sain son of our greatest revolutionary of his times and the founder member of Gadhar Party and Ad-Dharm Movement: Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia.

We send our condolences to Mr. Sain's family on their loss.

Raj Kumar Oshoraj
Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 09, 2007)

 

Condolences to Mr. Chattar Sain's family

Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburg, CA USA deeply mourns thesudden death of Babu Chattar Sain S/O Baba Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Ex M.L.A, a great freedom fighter & founder of the Ad Dharm Movement Punjab. This Sabha shares the fellings of the grief stricken family. May Waheguru grant peace and serenity to the departed soul and give solace and strength to the bereaved family.

Ajay kataria, President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburgh, CA
Dashwinder Pal,
General Secretary of shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Pittsburgh, CA

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 10, 2007)

 

SHANTI DEVI PASSED AWAY
CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY

Ambedkartimes.com is distressed to know the sad demise of Shanti Devi w/o Shri Ram Parkash Attar, Retd. District Kanugo and mother-in-law of Mr. C. L. Chumber Chief Editor of Kaumi Udarian (Jalandhar) resident of Jandiala Guru (Amritsar) who died on December 5, 2007

The Antam Ardas/Bhog will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at Jandiala Guru (Amritsar) Punjab. Shanti Devi was a social lady & she helped many community members in her social life time & her social contribution to the upliftment of the community would be remembered for ever.

We all mourn the death of this noble woman and offer our condolences to the bereaved family.

Mr. C. L. Chumber can be reached at Cell. 935 731 3320 OR 946 399 5087 (India)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 14, 2007)

 

Late Nooran Rani

Mrs. Nooran Rani Dharamsot (Mother of Mr. Om Parkash Kamal Banjara Times’s editor) passed away on January 24; 2008. www.ambedkartimes.com is very shocked to hear about the sad demise of Mrs. Nooran Rani Dharamsot. Our hearts are full of sympathy for Dharamsot family.

Prem Kumar Chumber
www.ambedkartimes.com

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008 )

 

Report on the Seminar
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Dalits and Globalization organised by GSVS and NCDHR

Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia, who was also an NRI at one point of time and was in the forefront of the Ghaddar movement and later on became the founder father of the famous Ad Dharm movement in Punjab, started his struggle for the emancipation of the Dalits by establishing his own school where Dalit children were provided free education in a
caste free environment at his own village itself. Dr. Ronki Ram

Chandigarh (Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau):- Gramin Shikshan Vikas Sanghathan (GSVS) and National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) organized seminar on Bharat Rattan Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Dalits and Globalization at Muktsar (Punjab), Sunday December 9, 2007. In the morning session of the seminar issues relating to the problems of rural education, especially among the Dalits, and how to solve them constructively were taken up seriously. Mr. Vishwanath Meshram of Calgary (Canada) initiated the discussion with his opening detailed inaugural note on the current state of affairs of Dalit/rural education in the state and in general. He also related his experiences of the rural education in Maharashtra and the present situation over there. He asked the participants, mostly from the school and college education field, to pinpoint the main causes of neglect and how they can be covered up. What has gone wrong with the rural education system and how that can be rectified? The inaugural address was followed by a long discussion. Mr. Basant Singh Raju, former teacher, touched upon various crucial aspects of the problem. He said that the govt. is often remains indifferent to the rural education. Students belonging to the upper castes complete their syllabus much in time, whereas Dalit students’ study starts two to four months after the actual session begins. It was so because that won’t get books (to be supplied by the govt welfare department) at the beginning of the academic session. He also underlined that most of the teachers in village schools belonged to the Dalit community. They were also an exploited lot. Vacant posts are not filled for years. It is suggested to fill these posts on ad hock basis. Mr. R. Bharti another schoolteacher also touched upon various similar issues. He said though books from the welfare dept. would be available in time, but it is the teachers who deliberately delayed in to bring them. Master Harbans Singh Dish held parents and teachers also responsible for the sorry state of affairs in rural education. He said 25% students dropped from first to fifth class. Those who reached up to 8th standard majority of them pass the examination by cheating because there is pressure to pass every one who sits for 5th class examination. Principal Jagroop Singh Roop told that is lack of assertion, which is the main reason behind the poor performance of the Dalit community students. Mr. Surinder Singh talked about the stereotyped teaching techniques. Mr. Sham Lal, Principal of a senior secondary school in the region, suggested to adopt poor students as a way to improve the lot of the students belonging to Dalit community. Principal Mool Chand discussed in detail many more aspects of the deteriorating rural education. He emphasised on the need of making Dalits self-sufficient in order to provide good education to the children. Mr. Sukhdev Ram exhorted the NRI Dalit brothers to come forward to help their community build their own education system independent of the prevailing one that would also facilitate in building the self-esteem of the community. He also talked about establishing village level Dalit committees to look after the education of the children of the community. Other prominent speakers were Mr. Mohan Lal Phillauria, Mr. Rajesh Kumar and Mr. Ram Prasad Bhoriwal.

The second session started after the community lunch. This session was devoted to summing up and formulating suggestions as what is to be done to improve the state-of-affair of the rural education. Mr. Roshan Chumber of Calgary, who was also one of the organisers of the seminar, laid stress on confining to the main focus of the meet and to be specific on what we want to do. He said NRI’s help would definitely be there, but more in terms of time and manpower we have to depend our community fellow back home in Punjab. Mr. Meshram, the main brain behind the seminar spoke at length summarising the discussion and elaborating on what to be done. At this level many other participants also gave the opinions: infrastructures need to be provided at the village schools, enough recruitments are to made, parents should spare more time, since majority of the Dalit students come from poor families they do not find right type of environment to study at home, so there should be some community centres in each locality in the villages to provide them conducive environment for the study etc. etc. Prof. Gurnam Singh Muktsar assured his full support and praised the efforts of the organisers.

Dr. Ronki Ram, the chief guest on the occasion, gave his concluding remarks. He congratulated the organisers for their efforts to highlight the problems of the rural education how it affects the Dalit students the most. He stressed upon the need of effective networking among the various Dalit organisations and activists to revive the already much deteriorated system by taking up the matter with the right authorities and also at the community level. He said that it is a very positive trend that Dalit NRI brothers have started showing concern towards education. No community can rise without receiving education. He also reiterated on the fact that we do not need education as such; we need right type of education to become conscious of our rights and to stand on our feet. He reminded how Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia, who was also an NRI at one point of time and was in the forefront of the Ghaddar movement and later on became the founder father of the famous Ad Dharm movement in Punjab, started his struggle for the emancipation of the Dalits by establishing his own school where Dalit children were provided free education in a caste free environment at his own village itself.

Mr. Sushil Bharti coordinator conducted the discussion and Mr. Raresh Kumar, Secretary NCDHR; Punjab gave the vote of thanks.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 20, 2007)

 

Two Christians have been shot and injured

Many Christian shops destroyed and Christmas Pandal razed in the area of
Bamunigham, District Kandhamal, Orissa on the eve of Christmas

From Dr. John Dayal
Member, national Integration Council, Government of India (24th December 2007)

To
The Prime Minister of India, New Delhi (India)

Copy to
Chief Minister of Orissa, Bhuwaneshwar
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil
Chairman National Minorities Commission
Chairman, National Human Rights Commission

Dear Prime Minister

This is a most urgent appeal for your intervention to prevent further bloodshed of Christians in Orissa on the eve of Christmas.

I have just got the following message from Church members in Orissa, specially from Father Rabby [Phone number 06849-249872]

Two Christians have been shot and injured, many Christian shops destroyed and Christmas Pandal razed in the area of Bamunigham, District Kandhamal, Orissa on the eve of Christmas.

I am told that one Lokhanand, a known fundamentalist political activist of the area, has been warning Christians not to celebrate Christmas in any way.

Today he led a mob of over 100 persons, many of whom were armed with guns and sharp weapons, to attack the Christmas celebrations and prayers taking place in a Pandal set up in the area.

The mob shot at the people, injuring two most critically. They destroyed shops and the Pandal.

The people fear the worst.

I implore you to urge the Chief Minister and the state authorities to act expeditiously to avert further tragedy.

Thank you and God bless
John Dayal

Posted on December 25, 2007

 

"The Fifth Cup"

Davinder Prasad


London: - It makes me feel extremely proud to inform you that the play "The Fifth Cup" was a grand success and a historic achievement for the organizations who are working in UK to root out caste discrimination from the British Society. Members of CasteWatchUK worked very hard for the last two years on this project and the power of Drama to convey our messages could be seen and felt in the "The Drum Theatre". The theatre - a 350 seated - was fully packed and there were people from all races, religions, communities and cities. I met a large number of people who had come all the way from London to see the play. Everyone was overwhelmed by the play and I could see people in tears at some of the scenes that were very disturbing. There were people from Sher-e-Punjab in the audience - Satpal Ji verified this fact - and to our surprise they turned out to be supportive. The standard of acting, sets and everything that goes with it was superb. Rena, Reena and Ravina did marvelous job in producing and directing this great piece of art work. I can go on and on and on but it is difficult to express my emotions about the greatness of the play. The success of the play can be estimated by the fact that the play finished at about 9 PM and about 80% of the audience was still in the hall till 11.00 PM - taking part in the Panel discussion. The management of the "The Drum Theatre" was so impressed by the popularity, the effect it had on the audience and the importance of the issues involved that they have asked caste away arts to stage this play next year - three days slot. Members of the CasteWatchUK team were asked to stand up and reveal our identities. It was a very proud moment for all of us. Satpal Ji and Jagdish Ji did a fantastic work in representing CasteWatchUK in the Panel Discussion time. People were coming to us with expression of support and many of them wanted to join CasteWatchUK and support our campaign. The play was the climax of the good work our group has done in this term which is coming to an end this month. I would like to thank Rena, Reena and Ravina for the hard work and this grand success. I would also like to thank the members of the cast who were so professional and supportive of our cause. This is first of the several shows that we'll see in the next year. I have been asked to take this educational play to all the cities of UK.

Posted on December 22, 2007

 

Mr. D. K. Khaparde
Phuley-Ambedkarite Movement

Mr.D. K. Khaparde had been the key personality in starting the BAMCEF organization. He was closely associated in various stages of Phuley-Ambedkarite movement. He use to believe in hard working and was not found of publicity. He played a major role in organizing the society in non-political field. There were many attempts to bring him in politics. But he refused the offer and continued to do what he can do the best to educate the Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. It is due to his great efforts that BAMCEF has reached in today’s stage, which is growing to every nook and corner of India.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 3, 2007)

 

Staging of “The Fifth Cup”
A drama highlighling caste-discrimination in UK

Davinder Prasad

London- CasteWatchUK is proud to announce that its cultural wing “Caste Away Arts”, is presenting their debut stage play, “The Fifth Cup” at 7.00 PM on 13th December at “The Drum” Theatre, 44 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU.

It’s the story of fifteen year old Amrit Singh who, along with the rest of his family, moves to a new city to make a fresh start. All is going well until Amrit makes a shocking discovery about his past when a religious education lesson at school changes his life.

Will Amrit be able to overcome the prejudice surrounding him? And will the Singh family need to run away from their secrets yet again? Come and see the show to find out.

The Fifth Cup is written by Rena Dipti Annobil and Reena Bhatoa and is directed in association with Harvinder Sohal (her previous stage plays include “Anum” and “Udham”). The cast include a range of talented local actors. The production is supported by the CasteWatchUK and sponsored by Arts Council and Awards For All Lottery Funding. More information can be found at www.casteawayarts.com

Tickets for the Fifth Cup are priced at £5 each with £3 concession tickets for children and OAPs. You can purchase tickets from The Drum box office, either in person, over the phone (0121 333 2444) or online (www.the-drum.org.uk).

We hope to see you for this exciting production at The Drum, Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham on Thursday 13th December. The play starts at 7.00 PM and it is important that you book your tickets in advance and arrive well in time. Please support our cause and our efforts to root out caste discrimination from UK by joining us in “The Drum Theatre” on 13th December.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (December 3, 2007)

 

Kean University sponsors a study program on the 1971 Bangladesh genocide

Kean University Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is privileged to sponsor "Bangladesh 1971: Intolerance, Violence and Genocide", A study of all but forgotten Massacre of Bengali People. The program will be held on December 9, 2007 at 4:00pm in University center little theatre in Kean University, Union, NJ.

The program will have distinguished scholars from various universities, eyewitness and survivors, and family member of the victims of the genocide. The program will also have books, articles and videos on display in the pre-function lobby during the happy hour from 3:30pm – 4:00pm.

For more information please Contact: Dr. Bernard Weinstein, Professor of English, Chair of Master of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, Kean University.

 


Fwd. by Sona Barua

Posted on November 15, 2007

 

Pardes Times a year completion celebration

Sunnyvale (California): (Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau):- November 17, 2007:  Pardes Times (Bi- Weekly News Paper) successfully celebrated its 1st year completion on November 16, 2007 which was held at Hindu Temple and Community Center, Sunnyvale (California).

California based well known Punjabi singers Sukhdev Sahil, Chandan, Rajesh Raju, Sukh, Babbu Gurpal, Ishmit Narula, Sultan Akhtar & other singers performed amazingly last Friday. Many people, who deserved to be honored, were honored at this event by the Pardes Times. Over four hundred people were present at this event to enjoy this Pardes Times’s special moment.

The TV YPD, Newspapers (Print Media) were also present that night. This event was hosted by a well known Journalist S. Ashok Bhaura and he did a really very good job at handling the stage and making sure everything went the way he wanted it to be.

Ambedkartimes.com congratulates the management (Pardes Times Bi- Weekly News Paper) for having such a really good and well organized event. This event went really well, the arrangements were awesome and everyone had a really good time.

Posted on November 18, 2007

 

DISCUSSION ON MOCHI DA PUTT

Now the dispute is not between empty and full stomachs.
It is between the dominant and the lower castes.

Chandigarh : ( Ambedkartimes.com News Bureau):- Shahit Chintan, Chandigarh (a critical literary and cultural forum) organized a discussion on the Mochi Da Putt, collection of stories authored by Mohan Lal Phillauria, on November 4, 2007 at Pracheen Kala Kender, Sector-35B, Chandigarh. The paper on book was read by Prof. Ronki Ram of Panjab University. Mr. Mohan Bhandari, a renowned story writer, presided over the discussion. Prof. Bhushan Dhyanpuri, Prof. H.S.Mehta, Prof. Swaranjit Mehta, Dr. Prem Singh, Dr. Pritam Singh, IAS (Retd.), Dr. Gurnam Ikkeda, Fatehjaung Singh, Mr. Purkhalvi of Dalit Chintan Manch (Punjab) and Sh. Chaman Lal were among the main participants who presented their views on the book and the theme paper.   Dr. Ronki Ram placed the central theme of the book in the emerging Dalit assertion in Punjab. He said that the author has been very successfully able to capture the pangs of Dalit atrocities, social exclusion and oppression widespread in almost all the villages of the state. He further said that Mohan Lal Phillauria has clearly warned in his collection of stories that now the Dalits are come of age where they can not be coerced more. They have become aware of their rights and tormentors. They want equal share in the local structures of power. They can no longer be denied participation in centers of power at the grassroots.   Now the dispute is not between empty and full stomachs. It is between the dominant and the lower castes. The lower castes have ceased to submit to the calls of the dominant castes. They have started questioned the false caste domination of the upper castes.    

Prof. Ronki Ram recommends this book of stories for social scientists as well who would also be benefited from the sharp observations of the story writer: Mr. Phillauria.

Posted on November 08, 2007

 

Shaheed Maharishi Shambook Memorial
Planned to coincide with the Remembrance Day

Jai Birdi

Shaheed Maharishi Shambook Memorial- planned to coincide with the Remembrance Day. While many are celebrating Diwali as a symbol of the end of Rama’s exile, his triumph over Ravana, and the beginning of Ram Raj, others are taking a moment to reflect and re-evaluate the history. As a part of this process of re-evaluation, Chetna Association of Canada has made plans to pay tributes to Shaheed Maharishi Shambook, a Tapasvi, who defied the Brahaminical code and as a result was mercilessly killed by Rama. The tributes will include screening of a Hindi film, Teesari Azadi, a film that provides a view that Ram Raja was a period where justice was a privilege only for certain castes.

The memorial will be observed on the Remembrance Day, November 11 at 1 PM at the Dr. Ambedkar Library in the Guru Ravidass Community Centre, 7271 Gilley Avenue in Burnaby. For information, please contact Kamlesh Ahir at 604-951-6345

Posted on November 07, 2007

 

MELA GADDARI BABEAN DA

Sacramento: - Gaddar Memorial Foundation of America (Sacramento) is celebrating seventh annual cultural Mela in the memory of Shaheed S. Kartar Singh Sarabha on Saturday November 10, 2007 at 3835 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento (California) 95822.

For more & in details, please contact:
Charan Judge (916 256 5367, Kuldip Dhaliwal (916 271 3003, Jagjit Kandola (916 271 2065, Gurdip Gill (916 869 4670, Balwinder Dulku (916 289 5956, Kuldip Atwal (209 769 4784, Awtar Dosanjh (916 216 2148, Narinderpal Hundal (916 416 1251)

Posted on November 10, 2007

 

Caste Watch UK Conference on 6th November
At House of Commons, Westminster, London

CasteWatchUK is holding a conference entitled ‘Caste and British Discrimination Law' in Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA from 14.00 to 16.00 on Tuesday, 6th November 2007.
Please visit www.castewatchuk.org to register your interest.

CasteWatchUK has been concerned about the rising Caste based discrimination establishing roots in Britain amongst the Asian Diaspora. This conference will raise the profile of this pernicious form of discrimination that is now affecting communities in Britain and the British Governments unacceptability of its practices.

So far, CasteWatchUK has worked since its formal launch in July 2004 to raise awareness of Caste discrimination in the UK. Amongst the many actions we have taken is our work with the Dept for Education and Skills; our input into the Home Office White Paper "Strength in Diversity Consultations" and our lobbying for legislation to make Caste Discrimination unlawful vis-à-vis Equality Legislation that is currently going through parliament.

Additionally, we have provided key input to conferences organized by DFID and lobbied for debates on Caste discrimination in the Houses of Parliament. We have also published a number of articles in national and local press. We have also actively participated in a number of radio discussions on Caste Discrimination. Recently, we have provided feedback to the Community and Faiths Unit as part of their remit to conduct exploratory investigation into Caste Discrimination.

The Westminster conference will discuss Caste and British Discrimination Law; Caste Identity as a social norm and hear testimonials from those who have experienced Caste Discrimination.

Please note that on the day of the conference there will be State opening of Parliament in the morning. You will not be admitted to the House of Commons until around 1.p.m.

Kindest Regards
Sat Pal Muman

Posted on November 02, 2007

 

Effigy of Ravana

"Jai Birdi"

 

Surrey ( Canada ): Dussehra was celebrated with fireworks in a temple in Surrey on October 21. Although the effigy of Ravana was not burnt at the Dussehra festival, it was pushed and left on the ground. After seeing the effigy lying on the ground in rain, one of the patrons rescued the head of Ravana *(effigy)* and placed it in a dignified place. The patron, Balbir Ghirra, said he was feeling very upset to see the great soul- a soul who had risked and lost his kingdom because of his belief in self respect and dignity- being undignified. The local Hindu temple in Surrey ( Canada ) had made plans to burn effigy of Ravana at the Dussehra festival. In the end, the temple decided to not burn the effigy of Ravana. Dalit community of the Vancouver area had suggested to the Dussehra planning committee that the burning of effigy is not appropriate, and that if Rama is a hero to some, Ravana is a Maha Soul to others.  

The festival of Dussehra has led many to raise the question and ask whether Rama was indeed a representative of "Good". One of the stories found in Maharishi Valmiki Ramayana states that Rama killed one of the saints. The saint's only crime was that he was doing meditation, a practice that was denied to the Shudras- members of the lower castes. People are asking how a killer of a saint can be a representative of "Good". They are also beginning to re-interpret and rewrite the history.

Posted on Nov. 1, 2007

 
 
JATINDER KUMAR BAGHA (JINDI) PASSED AWAY

JATINDER KUMAR BAGHA

It is very shocking news to the community that Jatinder Kumar Bagha (Jindi) passed away on October 29, 2007 in California. He was very active social man in his social circle as well as in the community. He was born on January 31, 1960. He migrated to England in 1965 at the age of 5 & to United States in 1968 at the age of 8.

The memorial services will be held at: Sacramento Memorial Lawn, 6100 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95824 on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

For more & in details, please contact: Phone Nos: 916 548 8902 (Kewal Bolina), 916 798 9144 (Paramjit Bhutta).

Posted on October 31, 2007

 
Gurnam Singh Mukatsar to pay tributes to Saheb Kanshi Ram and grace Maharishi Valmiki Day Celebrations

- By Jai Birdi

On Saturday, October 27, a visiting scholar from India Prof. Gurnam Singh Mukatsar will pay tributes to Saheb Kanshi Ram who died on October 9 last year. The event is organized to pay tributes to one of the foremost leaders after Dr. Ambedkar who mobilized Dalits, Minorities, and other oppressed groups to organize politically and make effective differences in their lives. Mukatsar had known and worked diligently under Sahib Kanshi Ram and has now written several books highlighting Dalit assertion in India.

The tributes will be organized at the Dr. Ambedkar Library, Shri Guru Ravidass Community Centre at 7271 Gilley Avenue in Burnaby. On Sunday Mukatsar will unveil painting of Saheb Kanshi Ram (Painted by Shital Anmol) at the Dr. Ambedkar library. The unveiling ceremony will be at 11 am followed by further presentations by Mukatsar, Sonu Ambedkar and other guests. Sonu Ambedkar is a reknowned activist and producer of telefilm, "Mochi Da Putt" (story by Mohan Philauria) from sacremanto, California will also oin Mukatsar to grace the occasion.

For more information, please contact
Bill Basra at 604-725-4048 , Virinder Bangar at 604-999-2300 or Kamlesh Ahir at 604-951-6345

Posted on October 26, 2007

 

Mr. Dev Hayer
honoured in California

On Saturday Oct.13, 2007 Mr. Dev Hayer M.L.A., Surrey Tynehead, Parliamentary secretary for Multiculturalism and Immigration (Province of British Columbia)was honoured at Shri Guru Ravidass Temple (C.V) Fresno (California) in the presence of lions club of Fresno and sangaat of Guru Ghar.

Photo & caption: Kulwant Ubhi & Des Raj Bangar.


Posted on Oct. 17, 2007

 

Babu Kanshi Ram’s First Death Anniversary and The 51st Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s Conversion to Buddhism

Jai Birdi

To mark the first death anniversary of BSP Supremo Babu Kanshi Ram and the 51st anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism, local groups have made plans to host special events on October 20 and 21 in the lower mainland. To grace these occasions, the groups have invited Buddhist Monk Chandra Bodhi and a writer and activist, Gurnam Singh Muktsar. Babu Kanshi Ram’s painting by local artist Shital Anmol will also be unveiled and installed at the Dr. Ambedkar Library, Guru Ravidass Community Centre in Burnaby.

For more information, please contact : Bill Basra at 604-725-4048 or Surinder Ranga (President, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Vancouver) at 604-657-1778 (president, Chetna Association of Canada).

Posted on October 09, 2007

 

Conversion Day

Jai Birdi

Bhante Chandra Bodhi, a visiting Budhist Monk, will lead a group of Dr.Ambedkar’s followers on Sunday, October 14 and garland Dr. Ambedkar statue at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. The garlanding ceremony is organized to pay tributes to Dr. Ambedkar on historical move of adopting Buddhism, a largest mass conversion in the history of India.

After the garlanding of the Bust, the group will go to the Guru Ravidass Community Centre and pay further tributes. For information, please contact: Satish Aujla at 604-375-2027 or Kamlesh Ahir at 604-339-2040

AHSAS - "Realizing the importance of good people in your life is just as effective as achieving the state of Nirvana"

Posted on October 14, 2007

 

Mr. Ramdas Athavale, Shegaonkar to attend Buddhist conference


Mumbai
: - Republican Party of India (RPI) President and Member of Parliament Mr. Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Minister of State for Housing Advocate Pritamkumar Shegaonkar attending World Fellowship of Buddhist International conference in Seoul, South Korea, from October 7-12, 2007, they are leading 20 member delegation of Buddhist from Maharashtra, Avinash kamble, Dinkar Sonkamble, Ven. Rahul Bodhi, Ms. Abhaya Sonawane, Pravin Bhaleshan, and Dr. Bhalerao. This Buddhist conference organised every two year by the World Fellowship Buddhist HQ in Bangkok, Thailand.

The conference will be held in Seoul, capital of South Korea, from October 8 - 12, 2007, this year there will an Annual Election for electing International General Body during this period and Mr. Athawale is contesting an election as one of the Vice-President of this august Body. . The conference will discuss ''Buddhism in future''. They will arrive in to Mumbai Sahar international Airport on October 12, 2007 after midnight that will be 13th October.

Sent by Nishikant waghmare:

Posted on October11, 2007

 

DIKSHA DAY CELEBRATION IN TORONTO

Ambedkar Buddhist Mission (Toronto, Canada) is arranging a function to mark historic event of Dhamma Diksha Day on Sunday October 14th 2007. 6.30 pm at Indian Buddhist Temple. Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism on October 14th 1956 at Nagpur (India) along with more than half million of his followers. This was great religious conversion of 20th century in the history of India after Ashoka Emperior. He was the pioneer in bringing back Buddhism to its homeland.
It’s highly recommended and suggested that those who not yet taken Diksha, should make a public commitment by embracing Dhamma on this very important day, which is actually a liberation day for our people or whole world human society. This is only way to show dedication and devotion to Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. According to him best way to serve mankind is to follow the Path shown by the Lord Buddha’s noble discourse for compassion, & peace for the human society.
The Chief Abbot of the Indian Buddhist Temple Ven.Gayanosri will all conduct Religious ceremonies and also others special venerable from the Toronto Maha Vihara (Sri Lanka).

Langer will also serve on this day. For more information please contact Temple @ 416-609-8953 or 416578-000. We are hoping that you and yours friends and family members will be participating this auspicious glorious day.

Anand Balley, General Secretary, Ambedkar Mission (Toronto) Posted on October 06, 2007

 

24th National Convention

APPEAL by S. S. DHAMMY, NATIONAL GENERAL SECRETARY (BAMCEF)

Mission of BAMCEF

Rashtrapita Jyotirao Phule, Periyar Ramasamy and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had solemnly proclaimed Social revolution as the objective of their movement. They struggled throughout their life to accomplish this objective. Dr. Ambedkar incorporated Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Justice in the preamble of the Constitution to establish a Democratic Republic Nation. But the objective has not been accomplished even after 57 years of Indian Republic. This has led to a barbarous exploitation and massacre of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. BAMCEF had therefore committed itself to accomplish this task of social revolution as its mission.

Achievement of BAMCEF

BAMCEF was established as a social and cultural organization way back in the year 1978. Despite of several ups and downs, during the last 29 years BAMCEF remained committed to the values and principle of life and selflessly dedicated to Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. We would therefore like to place an account of our achievements in the movement before the Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj.

BAMCEF with the strategic planning and awakening programme created impact on Indian social system due to spreading of Phule-Ambedkarite ideology amongst various castes across the country. BAMCEF has emerged as a strong national organization of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. This is the biggest achievement of BAMCEF for mulnivasi brethren. The organization is seriously thinking to use this force to build a strong movement in near future.
Our need is to organize the mulnivasi bahujan samaj across the country who are divided into more than 6000 castes. Initially we have organized them as “Bahujan Samaj”. However considering the dynamics of movement we have adopted “Mulnivasi Identity”. This is the most potent weapon to combat Brahminism and in the days to come bahujan samaj is bound to unite under this identity. The credit goes to the mulnivasi bahujan samaj who have deposed their trust in the BAMCEF.

Importance of National Convention in the Movement

National Convention is one of the important activities of BAMCEF. Over past 29 years BAMCEF has culturized this event. It is the feeling amongst the masses that huge money spent on National Convention ultimately does not culminate into result. However we must not forget that the National Convention is one of the important tools to keep the movement alive and exert pressure on the forces which are harming the interest of mulnivasi bahujan samaj. The National Convention has proved to be an effective tool to achieve these objectives. The movement cannot be built without the support from the society. Hence it is necessary to deliberate on the burning issues affecting the society to awaken them and spread the message throughout the country.

Reservation in Judiciary to Backward Class
A Conspiracy by Ruling Class

The nation is passing through a transitory phase. It is indicative from the socio political changes taking place at the national level. With the rising awareness of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj the Brahminical forces are getting destabilized. To combat this upsurge amongst mulnivasi bahujan samaj the Brahminical forces are announcing attractive schemes or policies without providing infrastructural inputs. e.g. “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” is one such policy measure wherein no adequate manpower and financial support is provided. Similarly in case of reservation to OBC’s in the higher educational institution the matter has not been defended before the Hon’ble Supreme Court invoking the spirit of constitution which is highly in favour of backward classes. Having failed miserably to protect the interest of backward classes, they have announced reservation in judiciary to backward classes to divert their attention.

Final Solution

Despite of the democratic setup in the nation, the people at the helm of government, administration and judiciary bear an attitude opposing the rights of mulnivasi bahujan samaj. We must try to understand why is it so? Our forefathers Rashtrapita Jyotirao Phule and Babasaheb Ambedkar were having firm belief that Brahminism is a root cause of all the evils in India. It is a philosophy which divides the society and inculcates the spirit of graded degradation. Every individual is controlled by the brahminical thought and it reflects in his behavior. No changes can be made in the behavior by taking political, administrative and judicial measures.

Dr. Ambedkar in his book “Ranade, Gandhi & Jinnha” had made explicitly clear that experience had proved that rights cannot be protected by law but can be done by social and moral spirit of the society. If there is social spirit to give recognition to rights then only rights can be protected. In real sense no law, no parliament, no judiciary can guarantee the protection of rights. For a democratic rule there has to be democratic society. If the society is not democratic then the formal structure of democracy has no meaning. Therefore only way out for liberation of mulnivasi bahujan people is to discard this dirty brahminical system, re-establish mulnivasi culture and create a democratic society. Then only our constitutional rights can be secured.

Preparation for Convention

This year the 24th National Convention of BAMCEF is scheduled at Delhi from 27th to 30th December 2007. The deliberation will be focused on these issues wherein the renowned thinkers and intellectuals will participate. We therefore appeal to all awakened citizens of mulnivasi bahujan samaj to attend awakening sessions in the National Convention and get enlightened on various burning issues concerning our society. We also appeal to our mulnivasi brothers and sisters to extend their cooperation with time, talent and financial assistance to make the Phule-Ambedkarite movement powerful and effective.Jai Bhim! Jai Mulnivasi!!

Posted on October 05, 2007

 

BAMCEF’s ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI


Sathio, Jai Mulnivasi!

I hope this appeal will find all of you in good health and high spirit. Bamcef have decided to hold their annual conference in New Delhi the capital of India, this year. The largest ground available in New Delhi has been booked for December 26Th to 30Th. This Ground is known as Ram Lila Ground.

We are fortunate that the freedom and liberty we are enjoying today came our way, without any bloody struggle. Otherwise if we look around the world today how people are suffering and struggling for their freedom and liberty. At the same time we must not under estimate the great scarifies made in the past by our fore fathers. Baba Sahib Ambedkar who stands very tall in this struggle and made the ultimate sacrifice also advised us to keep this struggle going at all costs.

Just imagine if there was not Phule-Ambedkar what would have been our plight. I am involved with Bamcef for last seven years. During this period, also I have visited many states and cities and villages of India and can say with authority that majority of our people are still struggling for basic human needs in India.

If we observe the economy of India that is make headlines in the world, as the same time people are still forced to go hungry of eat grass and rats to hang on to their life. India's economy and political, social system only favours 15% Brahmins and Banias. Where 85% our Mulnivasi people are deprived of any share of it. This is not a coincidentally happening but is systematically planned.

Bamcef want to change this system and bring about the social system based on equality and liberty and equal opportunities for all of us. We seek your support and participation in many ways.

All those who are going to be in India in December this year can physically get involved. You can take part and listen to many up to date problems of our people in India.

You can also get involve by contributing some financial help to lessen the load from our people in India. Without financial help nothing much is achieved, I need not remind you. There are hundreds of reasons why we the NRIs need to do so I can list ,but I feel you are all well informed and well aware of all these.

You can also make valuable suggestions what, we need to do and how we can do it more effectively. I want to end this appeal with a request to all to get involve as you feel free, but be part of us for better future for our coming generations.Looking forward to your suggestions physical and financial support.

In the footsteps of our forefathers,
Yours

M S Bahal.
Coordinator Bamcef International Network...


Posted on October 05, 2007

 

INDO AMERICAN CULTURE ORGANIZATION CELEBRATING
SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH AND SUKHDEV’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Indo American culture organization (California) is celebrating Shaheed Bhagat Singh & Sukhdev’s 100th birth anniversary today (October 06, 2007) at S.E.S. Hall, 10427 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, California-95624 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For further more information contact:
Surinder Bindra 916-420-2390, Pritpal Singh Bhogal 661-978-5100,
Balwinder Singh Bhatti 209-480-2275 Paramjeet Singh Sandhu 510-372-6142

Posted on October 06, 2007

 

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada
Extends their support and sympathy


May peace prevail sooner in Burma!

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada commends Buddhist Monks, Nuns and Laymen for their peaceful protest for the Human Rights of the people of Burma.

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada also commends each and everyone around the world for extending their sympathy and support for the Buddhist Monks, Nuns and people of Burma to challenge the human rights violation by the present Burma government.

International community has also extended it’s sympathy from every corner of the globe and United Nations Security Council is trying it’s best by getting involved to initiate the negotiations among all groups protesting and the current government to minimize the human loss.

Buddhist monks are respected and acknowledged for their non-violence from the times of Lord Buddha. We are all proud of them that they have not forgotten their noble duties to protect the humanity by protesting peacefully for the democracy and justice. They did not protest for any political or personal gains but they have sacrificed their lives for the rights and justice of people of Burma.

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada and its members ask the Myanmar Junta to listen to the Sangha, International Community and UNO Security Council representatives to commence dialogue to seek reconciliation with the people of Burma.

As we extend our support and sympathy for the peaceful protesters and compassion to the Junta Government, we also invite the world to do the same for those peaceful protesters (Buddhist Monks, Nuns and People of Burma). We hope that normal democratic daily life will soon prevail in Burma.

Members of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada


Posted on October 03, 2007

 

Punjab Buddhist Society UK concerning Burma

Punjab Buddhist Society UK , has been observing the world wide protests against the injustices and oppression against Burmese people by the present government of Myanmar , Burma . We express our solidarity and sympathy for the efforts of the Buddhist Monks, Nuns, Students and all the Burmese who are peacefully protesting against atrocities and for the democracy and justice.

These violent and brutal reactions towards the peaceful protests of Buddhist Monks, Nuns, Students of Myanmar and elsewhere in Burma, is the abuse of Human Rights and contrary to international Law. The military Junta has killed by opening fire on unnamed Monks. They have been beaten in streets and imprisoned by thousands.

Buddhist monks and nuns are the symbol of peace and harmony. They came on the streets for good of the country and its people. Buddhist world has always held the Venerable monks in Burma with great respect. Today, they have sacrificed themselves or the sake of peaceful resolution. They have spilled their blood for peace and harmony in society. They are not seeking any privileges or power for themselves but they only want Human Rights to be respected and Justice to prevail for all.

On behalf of Punjab Buddhist Society UK and its members ask the Junta government of Myanmar to listen to the Sangha, the people of the world and commence dialogue to seek reconciliation with the people of Burma .

On behalf of Punjab Buddhist Society UK, our blessings, support and sympathy to the peaceful protesters and compassion to the Junta Government and hope that common sense would prevail.


With Metta,

Ven. Chander Bodhi and members , Punjab Buddhist Society UK

Posted on October 02, 2007

 
YOU CAN COME FORWARD AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Friends and colleagues
Namo Buddha!

I was in far east countries for the last seven days. I have been observing and meeting people from Burma and their sympathisers and supporter in those countries. As you are aware of all the development in Burma against the oppressive military Junta .In the last up rise and protest against the Military Junta in 1988 left thousands killed and mercilessly crushed movement for Democracy and fundamental Human rights.
This time the revered Buddhists Monks who have been educating the public to stand and fight for their rights themselves joined the protest Marches, risking their own lives and jeopardising their own future and well being. This protest expanded in most of the big cities, grew stronger day by day and intensified. It was a remarkable and delightful to see the strength and compassion by these revered Buddhist monks, instead of enchanting prayers or mantra they came out in protest giving cover to the students
Because of this presence of Revered Monks the military Junta remained confused what to do and how to deal with it? Ultimately after 8 days, they lost their patience and rounded up the protestors and Buddhist Monks once again, but not before the whole world and UNO protested against it and sent their delegates to mediate the desire change.
Hope that change for which many Monks have laid down their lives and have seen their Viharas ransacked by the military and thousand Monks being taken into custodies or jails. Still People are protesting but not in a great numbers as with the strength of Monks. Therefore all Burmese Students and Monasteries in UK are requesting us to lend them our support by joining in a peace full protest in front of The Prime Minister office 10 Downing Street W1 from 2.30 PM to 8.00. I am asked to call all those who can join hands with these brave and deserving people on Monday the First of October. May be our little support of solidarity with them, will open the gates of freedom and liberty for these people and leaving them and us well satisfied.
Looking forward to see you there, whenever you can come and show your support.
I remain yours for liberty and freedom.

 

   


  M S Bahal

  Trustee Punjab Buddhist Society UK.

  Posted on October 01, 2007

 
BHARATIYA DALIT SAHIT ACADEMY HONORED

DR. RONKI RAM, SEHJAL, SRI ARSH & PRITAM SINGH
WITH BHARAT RATTAN DR. AMBEDKAR STATE AWARD

Ambedkar Times News Bureau from Punjab : On 16 September, 2007, Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Academy organized its 5th state conference of Dalit writers at Mansa (Punjab). H. E. Dr. Mata Parshad (ex. Governor Arunachal Pardesh) was the chief guest on the occasion where scholars, writers, poets as well as activists who have been contributing towards the emancipation of the downtrodden were honored.

Dr. K. S. Raju IAS (Retd.), State President, read the key note address and Dr. S. P. Sumanakshar, Natonal President, introduced the Academy and provided an overview of its various activities and contributions towards the empowerment of Dalits. Smt. Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan M. P., S. Sher Singh Gagowal MLA, S. Makhan Singh MLA, S. Sukhwinder sing Aulakh Ex. MLA, Sh. L. R. Balley, Smt. Lalti Devi (UP), Sh. Bagwan Dass (Bihar), Sh. Sanjay Sagar (Jharkhand) and Sh. T. M. Kumar (Gen. Sec. Int'l Affairs) were among the various prominent personalities who actively participated in the conference.

The Academy conferred Bharat Rattan Dr. Ambedkar State Award on Dr, Ronki Ram, Sh. Sohan Sehjal, Sh. Sri Ram Arash and S. Pritam Singh M.A. in recognition of the commendable literary, social & cultural service rendered by them for the upliftment of downtrodden-oppressed & depressed people of the country.

Sh. Tirath Tongaria, Gen. Secretary, read the state report and proposed the vote of thanks.

Posted on September 27, 2007

 

SHRI GURU RAVI DASS SABHA BAY AREA

Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha (Bay Area) California is pleased to announce that the monthly programme will be held at Newark Pavilion, Newark (California) on Sunday September 30, 2007 All sangat is requested by the Sabha to participate in this programme with families and invoke Waheguru’s eternal blessings. Guru Ka Parsad & Atut Langar will be served.

SHRI GURU RAVI DASS SABHA BAY AREA ( CALIFORNIA)

Posted on September 28, 2007


Bhante Chander Bodhi

Bhante Chander Bodhi's visit to
USA & Canada

Punjab Buddhist Society, UK


Takshila Buddha Vihara

 

 

 

 

 

Ven. Bhikkhu Chander Bodhi Ji is visiting USA and Canada from 18th September to 29th October, 2007. During the trip, Bhante Ji will visit New York, Washington, Houston (Texas), California (Sacramento, San Jose, and Yuba City), Vancouver, and Toronto (Canada).

Bhikkhu Chander Bodhi Ji has been serving Dhamma in United Kingdom for the last 12 years. He is the only Bhikkhu who speaks Punjabi frequently in the UK and perhaps all over India and around the globe. While he was working with Punjabi community, he realized that there is a need of such Bhikkhu who are able to speak the language of a common man and understand their culture. Only then he is able to communicate more effectively to provide religious education to them. To achieve this objective, he has formed Punjab Buddhist Society UK and Punjab Buddhist Society Punjab.

To train Bhikkhus and impart education on the basis of ‘The Buddha and His Dhamma’ by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Bhikkhu Chander Bodhi Ji is an instrumental to establish Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara at Ludhiana in the state of Punjab (India) with the cooperation of Punjabi NRI’s. This Buddha Vihara is a unique in whole of north India. It is built on one acre of land on the main G T Road (National Highway) leading from Delhi to Amritsar.

Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara was opened in October 2006 on the Golden Jubilee of Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism. Since then this Vihara is functioning very smoothly and quite a lot people visit this place daily. On every Sunday people come to listen to the religious discourses.

Though most of the work has been completed but there are still lots of work to be done, such as; planning of constructing an Ambedkar Hall and an art work depicting the life story of Buddha inside the Seema Hall.

We are very much appreciated that some of you have already helped to establish this monumental structure. Without your cooperation and goodwill, this achievement in a short span time was impossible. To complete the remaining work and to sustain Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara, Bhante Chander Bodhi Ji is again visiting you.

For more information:

CANADA
Raj Kumar Oshoraj 416-219-4196
Raju Kamble 403-615-4590
Mrs. Kamlesh Ahir 604-951-6345
Ananda Balley 416-578-0000

 

USA
Prem Chumber 510-219-8920
Mohan Gill 530 674 7358
Prithavi Paul 917-686-6135
Sita Ram 917-292-4949
V. K. Chaudhary 732-549-6071
Jarnail Singh 559-318-0523

Posted on September 18, 2007

Thirteenth
Punjabi American Literature Conference organized by
Punjabi Sahit Sabha California (USA)

Dr. Amrik Singh Sacramento

Sacramento :- Thirteenth Punjabi American Literature Conference organized by Punjabi Sahit Sabha California (Regd.) was attended by about 300 hundreds Punjabi writers and literature lovers from different parts of the world. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Jaspal Singh from Chandigarh (India). Dr. Baldev Singh Dhaliwal of Punjabi University Patiala and Dr; Pushvinder Kaur of In-service Training Center Patiala also presented their papers on Punjabi American literature.

Dr Jaspal Singh in his keynote address challenged Punjabi writers to carve a niche for themselves in the mainstream American Ethnic literature of the US. He raised some fundamental questions as to why a representative text of Punjabis’ destiny, dreams, hopes and aspirations could not emerge from their collective experience. He illustrated the problem by citing the example of European literature in different languages. When a literary text in a particular language appears, the translated version in English also becomes available within a few months. Punjabi litterateurs need to concentrate on how to reach a larger audience in the country of their adoption.

Continuing in the same strain, Dr. Jaspal made an appeal for making Punjabi Literature a part of American ethnic studies. It is time for a serious thought why Punjabi literature holds no place in American comparative literature and how such goals can be reached. He further emphasized that Punjabi litterateurs have to come out of their mental ghettos so that they could participate in a powerful manner in the mainstream American literature, media and social cultural discourse. The Punjabi Diaspora has to give up its tendency of plowing their lonely furrow. They need to get rid of their tribal psyche so as to establish their unique identity at the global level. It appears that Professors of Punjabi origin in American Universities could do more than anyone else, but unfortunately they are completely isolated from the Punjabi community in general. Instead of taking care of the interest of their community, culture, and institutions, they take America as their exclusive intellectual colony so that they can keep on perpetuating their intellectual hegemony over the ordinary Punjabi community. Dr. Jaspal Singh said that they usually behave like autocrats sitting in their ivory towers. In ordinary language they can be termed as academic Czars. To establish a distinct Punjabi identity in America which can become part of the overall American cultural discourse is a very serious problem. The Punjabi American intellectuals are sitting on the fence staring in the meaningless vacuum.

The second paper of the seminar was presented by Dr. Baldev Dhaliwal of Punjabi University Patiala, India. He highlighted the contribution of Punjabi writers in the field of American short stories. He substantiated his views by giving appropriate examples from several stories which had an overwhelming response from the audience. The problem outlined by Dr. Jaspal Singh at the theoretical and ideological levels was carried forward by Dr Dhaliwal at the pragmatic levels presenting as an interesting discourse on Punjabi American literature. The audience responded very warmly to the intellectual propositions put forward by the scholar.

The third paper was presented by Dr Pushvinder Kaur who came from Patiala for attending this conference. She dwelled on her personal experiences with American Punjabi literary figures and was able to establish an emotional bondage with the audience. Consequently, this seminar proved to be a challenge for the Punjabi audience at the ideological, pragmatic, and emotional levels. It seems that now time has come when Punjabi Americans have to deal with above stated problems as their futuristic projects so that their place is reserved in the overall socio-cultural discourse of America.

The first session of this conference was devoted to story reading in which Harjinder Pandher and Ratheshwar Singh presented their unpublished stories. Jaswant Happowalia conducted the stage both for Story Reading and Poetry Recitation. Kamal Banga Vice President of Punjabi Sahit Sabha collaborated with Manjit Kaur Sekhon to conduct the ceremonies. In the beginning of the conference participants paid homage to departed Punjabi scholars and literary figures like S Bhagwant Singh Azad, Narinder Bhullar, Dalbir Singh and Lal Singh Dil whose demise has left a serious vacuum in Punjabi literary world. Mr. Baldev Singh son of Bhagwant Singh Azad came to the stage to receive the honor that was originally planned for his father. The stage for this session was conducted by Manjit Kaur Sekhon in a very successful way. The second session as has been stated above was held in the memory of Jamal Hoshiarpuri and its main theme was “Postmodernism and Diaspora Punjabi Literature.” Following this, Dr Amrik Singh President of Punjabi Sahit Sabha California congratulated the audience in general and the representatives of different cultural and literary institutions in particular for participating in a big way. Dr. Amrik Singh told the audience about the special message sent by veteran poet Gurcharn Rampuri from Canada about Dr. Jamal Hoshiarpuri’s contribution. Dr. Hoshiarpuri’s daughter Dr. Tehseen took keen interest in the entire proceedings of the conference. Dr. Amrik Singh also spoke about good wishes sent by veteran journalist Surjan Zirvi from Toronto and former bureau chief of The Tribune and now the editor of South Asia Post Mr. Gobind Thukral for the success of the conference. He congratulated the organizers for inviting distinguished scholars for the occasion.

Mr. Jasjeet Singh Board of Directors Amritsar Times and Mr. Daljit Sra Chief Editor of Amritsar Times and Editor of World Sikh News Mr. Ajmer Singh participated and took keen interest in the proceedings. Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber Editor of Ambedkar Times congratulated the organizers for inviting scholars of caliber. Among the journalists Mr. Kuldeep Dhaliwal (Darishtikon), Mr. Husan Laroya of Ajit Group (Jalandhar) and Prem Kumar Chumber (Ambedkar Times) were honored for their contribution to Punjabi journalism. Dr. Onkar Bindra an Almuni of UC Berkeley and a former professor of Punjab Agriculture University was honored for invaluable services for the cause of Punjabi community. New members who joined the Punjabi Sahit Sabha were also welcomed such as Gurbachan Singh Bhatia, Tatinder Kaur, Jyoti Singh and Gurpal Singh Khaira. Gurpal Singh Khaira could not be present due to accident he got involved in a day before the conference. Dr. Harbhajan Singh Shergill remained present throughout the session and extended all kind of help for the conference.

The third session was devoted to poetry recitation in which over 30 well known poets took part. This session was inaugurated by Azad Jalandhary a reputed poet. S. Panchhi. Bhupinder Daler, Surjit Kaur and Gurcharn Badhan jointly presided over this session. Tara Singh Sagar President of the Bay Area Unit, Neelam Saini, Ishar Singh Moman, Azad Jalandhary, Santokh Gill, Jyoti Singh, Harbans Singh Jagiyasu, Mohinder Singh Ghag, Dr. Harbhajan Shergill, Harjinder Pandher, Sukhvinder Kamboj, Kulvinder,Surinder Seerat, Major Bhupinder Daler, Jagjit Naushahirvi, Harbhajan Dhillon, Charnjit Singh Pannu, Mrs. Mr. Amrjit Dardi, Abhitav Saini, Siast Jammu, Rathi Surapuri, Gurcharn Jakhmi, Rajinder Sahota, Ravinder Atwal, Simran Kaur Dhillon, Bupinder Singh, Amanjit, Surinder Kaur, Aabneet Kaur, Inayat and Bableen, Sardara Singh Kalotia, Gurbachan Singh Bhatia, Darshan Natt, Jainder Singh Gill, Sukhdev Gill, Jagdish Gill, Raman Gill, Kamal Judge, Surinder Judge, Tatinder Kaur, Manjit Singh, M.A. Varinder Sekhon, Manjit Sekhon, Karmvir Sekhon, Fresno Unit was represented by Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Jagmit Singh Gill, Iqbal Singh, Dr. Pargat Singh, Master Malkiat Singh, Paramjit Bhutta, Kewal Bolina, Charn Judge, Lachhman Singh Rathor, Shinder Singh Australia, Parmjit Singh Randhawa, Piara Singh Kudowal, Resham Singh Sidhu, Jaswinder, Surinder Bindra, Jarnail Singh Sarpanch, Parmjit Bhuta, Palvinder Kaur, Sonia, Jeevan Rattu Shinger, Rattu Shinger, Madan Sharma Trustee Lakashmni Narain Temple, Joginder Singh Subedar participated in the session. Among the organizers who put extra efforts in making the conference successful, Harbans Singh Jagiyasu, Jyoti Singh, Tatinder Kaur, Manjit Kaur Sekhin, Rabinder Atwal, Harjinder Pandher, Kamal Banga deserve special mention. Sacramento City College Punjabi students at its UC Davis Campus attended Thirteenth Punjabi American Literature conference on 9th September 2007. They took keen interest in the proceedings of the conference and interacted with participants.

1. Participants savor the literary renderings with complete attention.
2. Sacramento City College students of Punjabi Course enthusiastically participated in the conference.
3. Veteran Poets Azad Jalandhari and Sardar Panchhi honor Dr. Jaspal Singh, a former literary columnist of "The     Tribune" Chandigarh. Left: Dr. Amrik Singh President of Punjabi Sahit Sabha California Right: Dr. Baldev     Singh Dhaliwal
4. Dr. Baldev Singh Dhaliwal Reader Punjabi University Patiala receives the honor from Sardar Panchhi.
5. Gurcharan Badhan, a poet from Nawan Shahr being recognized for his excellence.
6. Sardar Panchhi awards a plaque of honor to Dr Pushvinder Kaur from Patiala, Indi
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Posted on September 20, 2007

 
 

NCDHR BAGS PRESTIGEOUS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

NCDHR is honoured with the RAFTO Prize 2007, an international human rights prize awarded to human rights defenders annually. The award is an important recognition for NCDHR’s work and its struggle to end discrimination and human rights violations against 167 millions of Dalits in India.

 NCDHR is honoured with the RAFTO Prize 2007, an international human rights prize awarded to human rights defenders annually. The award is an important recognition for NCDHR’s work and its struggle to end discrimination and human rights violations against 167 millions of Dalits in India.

By this award, the RAFTO Foundation is sending a strong message to the international community that it is time for action to bring an end to the world’s most serious human rights problems.


Worldwide 260 million people suffer caste-based discrimination; daily humiliations, segregation in housing and education, and denial of access to public resources like drinking water. Although caste motivated crimes against Dalits are widespread, the justice system largely fails to punish perpetrators of violence, murder, sexual assault and public humiliations.

Rikke Nöhrlind, Coordinator, International Dalit Solidarity Network, congratulates NCDHR, underlining the importance of its achievements in exposing the injustice: “The perpetrators of crimes and discrimination against Dalits continue to enjoy an outrageous degree of impunity, aided and abetted by inaction and discrimination by the criminal justice system and other officials”.  She concludes: “Human rights activists and Dalits in India are asking ‘How much longer?’ This is the question governments, United Nations and the European Union should be asking themselves and especially the governments of caste affected countries”.

The National Campaign has since its inception in 1998 managed to raise caste discrimination in national and international attention as a serious human rights violation. As a forum of human rights organisations, Dalit activists and intellectuals, it initiated the first ever-signatory campaign for Dalit rights. NCDHR has provided comprehensive and substantive documentation on the human rights violation against Dalits and has engaged leaders in India and international level in its commitment and efforts to get the Indian government and the international community to wake up to this massive, yet largely ignored human rights problem.

With courage and determination, the NCDHR has forcefully pushed a simple message in their own country and internationally: Caste discrimination must end.
The RAFTO Prize is awarded by the RAFTO Foundation every year. Previous RAFTO laureates include Aung San Suu Kyi and Kim Dae-Jung, who have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The award ceremony takes place in Bergen on 2 - 4 November, 2007.  www.ncdhr.org.

Posted on September 24, 2007

 

www.ambedkartimes.com

Congratulates to

NCDHR for getting Prestigeous Human Rights Award.

Posted on September 24, 2007

 

PRESTIGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD TO NCDHR

The Rafto Human Rights Memorial Prize for 2007 has been awarded to the Indian organization The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR). We  the  Dalits  from  Kerala, congratulate  one  and  all  in our  Org, The  NCDHR for  the  Prestigious Award. We  once  again  congratulate  our  sisters  and  brothers  in  the  NCDHR  team  in  particular Mr. Paul Divakar National  convener, and Mr. Vincent Manoharan. We  remember  every  monet  who  lost  their  life in  the  battle  of  caste  out caste Let  us  join in  the  moment,  we  remember  every one who  lost  their  life  and  loved  ones in  the  battle against  untouchability. We, this moment dedicate ourselves for the Rightful fight against the castism.Jai Bhim! 

Warm regards,
R. Prakash, Kerala ( India )

Posted on September 24, 2007  

Ambedkar Mission Toronto

Is inviting their respectable members & supporters

Ambedkar Mission Toronto is inviting their respectable members & supporters to join us on Saturday September 22, 2007 to welcome the members of Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain (U.K), as we are all aware this Committee has been able to build Dr. Ambedkar Buddhist Resource Centre in Punjab with all your support. The President Mr. Paul, Treasurer Mr. Ram Parkash Jakhu and Executive Member Mr. Darshan Ram Jassal will be meeting the followers and supporters. Members of the committee will update us on projects and ask for your support for the development of Ambedkar Buddhist Resource Centre.
Once again on behalf of the Mission we would like to request all of you to please come with family and friends at 850-Tapscott rd unit 49, Indian Buddhist Temple on Saturday September 22, 2007 at 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Langer will also serve on this day. For more information please contact Temple or 416-578-0000. Thanking you in anticipation.


With Metta
Anand Balley

Posted on September 20, 2007

 

Why offering Kathina is Special?

Kathina Robe Offering to the Sangha
First of all the Kathina robe can be offered to Bhikkhu Sangha in a monastery only once in a year. Secondly, it can be offered only during the specified period, which starts from the end of Vassa or Full moon day of October to next Full moon day of November. Thirdly, it is to be offered to the Sangha and not to an individual Monk. Therefore, the offering of Kathina Robe is a rare opportunity for lay people and Venerable Monks. As the Buddha says that offering to the Sangha is always more beneficial and brings meritorious results.

What to do on Kathina offering day ?

The offering of Kathina robe or Kathina day is one of the most sacred functions in Buddhism. Besides the main Kathina robe, devotees also offer robes and other materials to the Sangha on this day. Thus they get the opportunity to participate in this function and do meritorious deeds; it is a great beneficial ceremony for the goodness and happiness of present, middle and ultimate happiness. May this meritorious act be strong support for you, for the success in life and helpful in gaining the ultimate happiness of Nibbana.

Posted on September 18, 2007


SHRI GURU RAVI DASS TEMPLE
OPENING CEREMONY BY SANT NARANJAN DASS JI

SANT NARANJAN DASS, JI SANT RAMA NAND JI
DERA SACH KHAND BALLAN (JALANDHAR)

SHRI GURU RAVIDASS SABHA ONTARIO
6795-STEELS AVENUE WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO M9V-4RV, M9V-4RV

INVITATION TEMPLE OPENING CEREMONIES

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2007

START SHRI AKHAND PATH SAHIB…………. 08.00AM
               KIRTAN DARBAR.......................................06.00PM-09.00PM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2007

INFO SESSION ON ESTABLISHING NEW WORLD ORGANIZATION OF
SHRI GURU RAVIDASS TEMPLES

MEETING……………………11.00AM-01.00 PM
LUNCH ……………………...01.00PM-02.00PM
KIRTAN DARBAR………….06.00PM-09.00PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2007

BHOG SHRI AKHAND PATH SAHIB………….08.00AM

OPENING CEREMONY BY

SANT NIRANJAN DASS JI

SACHKHAND DERE BALLAN (JAKANDHAR)

08.30A.M—09.30A M

Kirtan Darbar, speech & recognitions 09.30am---04.30 pm

For more & latest information contact:: Ph: 416-743-8724, 905-608-2441

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2007

 
S. SARWAN SINGH BANGAR HONORED BY SHRI GURU RAVIDASS SABHA
AND CHETNA ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Jai Birdi


Photos: Paramjit Kainth

Vancouver : Superintendent of Punjab Police from Firozpur, S. Sarwan Singh Bangar, was welcomed and honored at the Red Fort Restaurant in Vancouver for his noble services. The reception was hosted on September 19 by Chetna Association of Canada and Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Vancouver . Burnaby- Edmonds MLA Raj Chauhan and the Burnaby 's councilor Sav Dhaliwal also joined the groups and welcomed SP Bangar. The group members also acknowledged and thanked Councilor Dhaliwal for proclaiming Sep. 27 as the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Day in Burnaby . The primary discussion was on fraud marriages for the purposes of coming to Canada , increased drug dependency of youth in India , and the problems of NRIs faced about their property disputes in India . The presentation ceremony was joined by Bill Basra, Jai Birdi, Lamber Rao, Paramjit Kainth, Gopal Lohia, Sodhi Dadral, Roop Chander, Lachman Birdi, SP Ahir, Kamaljit Jassi, Harry Kainth, Surinder Owan, and others.

Posted September 22, 2007

SANT BALLAN WALEAN’S VISIT TO VANCOUVER

By Jai Birdi

Vancouver: Highly regarded and respected Saints from Dera Ballan of Jalandhar (Punjab) were in Vancouver over the past week blessing their devotees and patrons from around the Vancouver area. The visit to Vancouver was a part of their North America tour. While in Vancouver, these Saints also unveiled plates (highlighting address and building inauguration information) at the request of the managing committee of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Vancouver (Canada).

“I am very pleased and indebted to their Holiness for taking time out of their busy schedules and doing the honors of unveiling the plates at the Guru Ravidass Community Centre”, said Bill Basra, president of the Vancouver Sabha. Incidentally, the Guru Ravidass Community Centre was officially opened by these Saints in August 2000. The unveiling of the address and other plates highlights the strong connection between members of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha (Vancouver) and the Dera Ballan.

“The Dera Ballan is highly regarded for the medical and education facilities it offers to people in need. Both the hospital in Kathar (Jalandhar) and a school near Phagwara are exemplary facilities that have set high standards both in fields of health care and educational facilities”, described Varinder Bangar, convener of Shri 108 Sant Sarwan Dass Charitable Trust (Western Canada) who raised funds for school bus, computers, and other projects for the hospital and the school over the past years.

The Dera Ballan is also gaining international recognition for the work it does- as well as for promoting teachings and messages of Shri Guru Ravidass. It has also attracted graduate students from the international institutions to conduct research on Guru Ravidass and the Dalit Diaspora. One of such students is Charlene Simon of France who has just finished her Masters and is now doing her Ph.D. on the teachings of Guru Ravidass and the Ravidassia communities abroad. Simon was also on the tour accompanying these Saints and devotees (Parkash Kaur, Nirmal Chander, Sanjeev Chauhan, and Biker Dass Chauhan from the UK and Tajiner Paul from Oregon, UK). Sanjeev Chauhan is has Masters in digital video productions and is producing a documentary of the tour).

After leaving Vancouver, Shri 108 Sant Niranjan Dass Ji and Shri 108 Sant Rama Nand Ji along with their devotees left for Vernon, BC. The plan is for them to continue their tour by visiting through Quesnel, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, and Golden. They will then preside over the opening ceremony of the Shri Guru Ravidass Temple (managed by Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Ontario) on September 23, 2007.

For more information, please contact Virinder Bangar at 604-999-2300 or Harmesh Sandhi at sandhi@sympatico.cam, or Sunil Raju at rajus@interlog.com

Posted on September 13, 2007

 

Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee visiting Toronto (Canada)

Members of Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain will be visiting Canada from 20th to 24th September 2007. Mr. Raj Paul president, Mr. Ram Parkash Jakhu treasurer and Mr. Darshan Ram Jassal executive member, will be meeting the followers and supporters of Dr. Ambedkar Mission Toronto for the purpose of development of the Dr. Ambedkar BuddhistResource Centre Punjab.

For more info please contact: 416 609 8953, 416 578 0000 Anand Balley

Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha of Kolkata (West Bengal)
Arranged its 13th Chuni Kotal Memorial Lecture

Report by: Manohar Mouli Biswas

The Thirteenth Chuni Kotal Memorial Lecture Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha of Kolkata arranged its thirteenth Chuni Kotal Memorial Lecture in the afternoon of August 9, 2007 in the premises of Janaki Sundari Vidyalaya, Dum Dum Cantonment, Kolkata 700065. Chuni Kotal was a Lodha Tribal Community Girl of Medinipure district. She committed suicide on August 16, 1993 while she was an M.Sc student in Vidyasagar University. What happened to her, she had been fighting with the poverty on the one hand and on the other hand she had been suffering from the caste hatred. In the classroom some of her teacher number of times said to her, ‘You the tribal of this soil get well-salaried jobs without higher qualification, then why you have come for M.Sc.?’ She was mentally hurt.And for getting remedy she complained to the V-C against the said professor. Then she was under the tremendous mental pressure to withdraw the complaint. Mentally she could not sustain and ultimately committed suicide.

Symbolically her death has been accepted by the Dalits of West Bengal to protest against the caste-hatred. This year the topic of memorial lecture was about: ‘Paschim Bange Dalit Banchanar Swarup ebong Pratikar Andolon’. Dr. Birat Bairagya and Mr. Arun Maji were invited for the memorial lecture. Both of them are having lot of experiences and discussed the exploitations of dalits in West Bengal in details and the different sorts of their remedial movemements. Dr. Bikram Sarkar, IAS (Retd) was in the chair of chief guest. He elaborated the ways and means of suppression and oppression upon the dalits. Mr. Nakul Mallick has presided over the meeting. The preparatory lecture was given by Manohar Mouli Biswas, the General Secretary of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha who had told to the house why this type of memorial lecture has been arranged for last twelve years. There were a good number of the people present in the meeting. A book of grammar of Oraon tribal language was released in the function by Dr. Bikram Sarkar and the author of the book is Mr. Ramesh Bhagat, a tribal write of Oraon community.

The meeting was ended with a small drama on Chuni Kotal and in the drama Mr Pran Gobinda Biswas, Mr.Ranendralal Poddar etc. took part. Prior to it a Kavi-Sammelan was arranged where Kavi.Shashi Bhusan Poddar, Kavi A. N. Halder, Kavi Manju Bala, Kavi Kalyani Thakur, Kavi Sukanta Mandal, Kavi Ashutosh Biswas, Kavi Debdas Majumdar etc participated.

Posted on September 12, 2007

 
Special dhamma talk of Buddhamarga in Wolverhampton
Ven. S.M. Sujano

On 2nd September 2007, Punjab Buddhist Society UK has organized dhamma talk programme on ‘How to apply Buddhist meditation in daily life’. This is a part of ‘Buddhamarga’ regular dhamma discussion session at the centre. This talk was given by Ven. Sayadaw Jnanapurnik Mahasthavir, Aggamahasaddhamma jotikadhaja vipassanachariya from Nepal.
The programme was started by the lighting the candles in front of the Buddha by Cllr. D. D. Ahir, society’s senior adviser. All the participants observed five precepts from ven. Sayadaw. Ven. Sujan, a resident monk on behalf of society welcomed all the participants and give short background of the buddhamarga session and hand over ven. Sayadaw to deliver his massage to all.
The talk was started with the importance and value of being born as human being in this world. Having such precious life, one should not forget owns’ target to achieve ultimate happiness by training mind not to associating with harming other, adulteries, intoxication etc. one who established in morality, could develop mental peace and clam. In daily life we are facing many different difficulties and tangled with it. The more we try to release, tangled more due lack of understanding of mental condition.
Ven. Sayadaw gave clear vision of over coming from these difficulties by understanding the nature of mind by observing and developing awareness. Awareness on each and every object that one is getting from senses. Just observing as they truly are and letting it go. Further, to develop this awareness, one has to fully understand the concept of Eight Fold Noble Path and try to establish on it. Shortly, Eight Noble Path is known as ‘the Middle Path’, which is Right understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness and Right concentration. The eight Fold Noble path can be categorised into three principles; morality, concentration and wisdom. Clear understanding on these three principles is the guidance for developing or applying the dhamma in daily life.
Ven sayadaw has discussed more on Sila or precepts, which is the foundation for developing concentration or meditation. Meditation is the practice of awareness or process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Awareness will help you to gain or recovery your energy. It will help you to relax, understand the nature of changing phenomenan and understand the life as they truly are. However, he pointed out strongly that with our strong dedication and commitment, meditation won’t help and won’t work at all. Practice and practice will help to deal with daily life difficulties.
One hour’s talk was greatly appreciated and responded by the audience. Audience were eagerly joined the question & answer session. Audience were multi-nationals; British, Indian British, Indian, Nepalese, Bangladesi etc. After the Q/A session ven. Sujan invited everyone to participate ‘buddhamarga’ dhamma discussion programme on every third Sunday of the month in evening time and thanked to all the participants. At the end of the programme ven. Chander Bodhi, a chief monk of the centre and patron/president of Punjab Buddhist Society UK gave a vote of thanks to all for participating at the function and inviting all the members to join next programme and ven. Sangha gave blessings. The programme was ended by light refreshment. Every participants were enjoyed the talk and full of joy and happy in the taste of dhamma. They also gave wonderful feed back for organizing such activity every month. Further, members have suggested publishing this talk on CD or as a booklet. If anyone would like to voluntarily join on this project or would like to support please contact to ven. Chander Bodhi at the centre.
Short biography of Ven. Sayadaw Jnanapurnik Mahasthavir
Ven. Sayadaw Jnanapurnik was born in Nepal on Nov 21, 1939, and renounced at the early age of 16. At the age of 23, he obtained a degree in Buddhist teaching in Burma and has been teaching the Buddha dhamma ever since.
A gifted linguist Ven. Sayadaw is reputed to know seven major languages of the world. Thus, it was no surprise when he became Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw, one of the famous Buddhist meditation teacher’s interpreter in the early 70’s and in the course of his duty, he traveled widely in the west teaching the dhamma and vipassana meditation. Ven. Sayadaw is currently the chief abbot of Vishwa Shanti Vihara in Kathmandu.
p.s. special thanks to Ven. U Nagasena for bringing Ven. Sayadaw to the centre and thanks to ven. Tejwant and Mr. Martin for the preparation.
May all beings be happy and peace….

Posted on September, 07, 2007

 
BHAGWAT NIRALA PASSED AWAY

AMBEDKARTIMES.COM CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY

Dr. Vivek Nirala is a well known name in the community but it is very shocking news to us that his father Bhagwat Nirala (68 Years old) passed away with minor heart attack on August 29, 2007 in Bilaspur, India.

Bhagwat Nirala hosted some DS4 meetings in the village during 1984-87. He was very active man in his social circle and had no previous health problem. Last two days before his death when Dr. Vivek Nirala spoke to him on phone, he was fine and doing work as usual. But this was very shocking to him when his younger brother, who was with his father in the final hours & said father is no more.
Dr. Nirala will be in India (Delhi, Raipur and Semara) from September 5-15 for the funeral & he will come back to US on September 16, 2007.
At this, distressed to know the sad demise of Bhagwat Nirala www. Ambedkartimes.com offers their condolences to the bereaved family.

Posted on September, 07, 2007


Bhagwat Nirala
 


ISHWAR DAS PAWAR PASSED AWAY


ISHWAR DAS PAWAR

AMBEDKARTIMES.COM

CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY

Ambedkartimes.com is distressed to know the sad demise of Ishwar Das Pawar, District and Session Judge (Retd.)Whose contribution to the upliftment of the community would be remembered for ever. He was the first Scheduled Caste gazetted officer in the Punjab. It was during his stint in the passport department, as a undersecretary, that the Scheduled Castes started getting passport to go abroad. He helped thousands of community fellows to go and settled abroad. Earlier it was really very difficult for the SCs to receive the passport from the upper caste officers. Pawar sahib was also very close to Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia, freedom fighter & founder of the Ad Dharm Movement. Mangoo Ram Mugowalia often used to come to Pawar Sahib with other members of the movement at Chandigarh. In 1970 he also became member of the Organizing Committee of the Ad Dharm Scheduled Caste Federation, a renewed wing of the Ad Dharm Mandal reorganized on 13 December 1970 during its first big conference held at Dera Sant Sarwan Dass,Ballan (Jalandhar).

We all mourn the death of this Ad Dharm Surveer and offer our condolences to the bereaved family.

POSTED ON JUNE 15, 2007

 


Dr. Amrik Singh
President, Punjabi Sahit Sabha California, USA (Regd.)

THIRTEENTH

PUNJABI AMERICAN LITERATURE CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY
PUNJABI SAHIT SABHA CALIFORNIA U.S.A. (Regd.)

Sacramento:- The Punjabi Sahit Sabha California, USA (Regd.) is inviting to all lovers of Punjabi Literature to attend 13th Punjabi Literature Conference on Sunday, September 9th, 2007 at Lakshmi Narayana Mandir’s community hall: 7495 Elder Creek Road Sacramento, California 95824 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Dr. Jaspal Singh former literary columnist of The Tribune will deliver a key note address on Postmodern Diaspora Punjabi American Literature and a lively discussion shall follow thereafter. Your participation will be a great contribution to the historic event. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime.

GOHANA BURNING AGAIN!

MURDER OF A DALIT LEADER IN GOHANA
POLICE LATHI CHARGED OVER PROTESTING DALITS

S. L. Virdi Advocate

On Monday evening, a large number of angry Dalits clashed with the police, set ablaze a police chownki, damaged Haryana Roadways buses and jammed the link road traffic in Gohana Town of District Sonipat (Haryana). 20 people were hurt in the action including 8 police men.

Trouble started when a Dalit youth Rakesh Alias Lara was shot dead here last night by three men came on a motor cycle.

The violence this morning was again sparked when the police brought the body of a murdered Dalit youth in a truck from the Rohtak PGIMS. A large number of Dalits protesters came out in streets in Gohana.

It is pertinent to mention here that Rakesh was acquitted in the murder of Baljit Siwach a Jat Financer of nearby Garhwal village on August 27, 2005 near the Balmiki Basti in Gohana, on misbehaving a Dalit woman.

How dared the Dalits? In retaliation against the Baljit's murder, a mob of twelve villagers, gathered for Maha Panchayat at Gohana on August 31, 2005, first looted the houses and set on fire the Balmiki Basti in which 50 houses of the Dalits were damaged and ruined.

Under the pressure, the State government ordered a CBI inquiry into the murder and torching of Dalit houses in Gohana Balmiki Basti.

The police arrested Ramesh with six other Dalit youths following the murder of Baljit Siwach, Rakesh and other three youths were, however, acquitted by the CBI special court on November 26, 2006 due to the lack of evidence. The incident took place due to revenge and for teaching a lesson to the Dalits.

Dalit organizations staged strong protests, demonstrations, rallies in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Karnal, Jamna Nagar, Panch Koola, Ludhiana, Phagwara TownsPunjab. of Haryana and

Posted on August 29, 2007

HOMAGE TO PUNJABI POET LAL SINGH DIL

BRINGS OUT THE POWER OF LITERATURE

TO EXPOSE DISCRIMINATION AND OPPRESSION

By
INDIRA PRAHST,
Instructor of Race and Ethnic Relations,
Department of Sociology, Langara College, Vancouver

The University of British Columbia last week hosted the 14th International Triennial Commonwealth Literature Conference with the theme "Literature of Our Times." Academics from all over the world attended. In conjunction, the Chetna Association at the Dr. Ambedkar Library in the Guru Ravi Dass Community Centre organized a seminar dedicated to renowned Punjabi poet, Lal Singh Dil, last Sunday evening.

Mr. Dil was scheduled to speak at the event, but due to an illness, he died on August 14. Therefore, the program was changed to commemorate his achievements in the literature of the oppressed. Several prominent writers, journalists, local artists and social activists attended and engaged in knowledge translation. The unveiling of Mr. Dil's portrait was done by a local artist Shital Anmol and a candle lighting in his memory preceded the presentations.

The loss of Dil, according to many at the event, will "leave a large void in the field of the literature of the oppressed." However, his memory and powerful words live on. The new words and idioms he introduced made him a distinguished Punjabi poet. Despite being a well-known and progressive writer, he died in poverty and, as members of the Chetna Associoation pointed out, "a few days earlier, the poet was found unconscious in his dingy room at Balmiki Mohalla when a team of TV journalists arrived to film a documentary on his contribution to the revolutionist poetry in Punjab."

Being a Dalit left a deep scar on Dil's identity, and because of his caste he also suffered spiritually, abandoned his Hindu religion and did not die a Hindu. At the event, one way to pay tribute to the passion that led him to change the condition of the landless was through a visual clip. Indeed, his words were powerful when he spoke about the lived experience of being Dalit. "This shows our people's slavery and mental slavery," he said. His words to explain the oppression and to encourage activism were expressed thus: "Those who do not know how to fight and those who wish not to fight are enslaved; slavery is a terrible scar. We do not know how to speak up, that is the issue - we keep silent. People must realize this is our land and it belongs to us."

The words are very much at the heart of Karl Marx's ideas about mobilization of the masses to produce social change. A necessary strategy is for a leader to form and to help get the oppressed out of "false consciousness." This involves questioning and debunking the ideologies employed to oppress them. What people need to realize is that they occupied the land first. In this context, a "Conflict Perspective," would argue that the caste system is an "ancient prejudice" to rationalize the unequal distribution of resources. Franz Fanon pointed out a similar argument for change in his well-known book "The Wretched of the Earth," where he wrote about the need to educate the masses as a means of liberation from oppression in the context of the Algerian war and terrorism. It is this theme of mobilization and education that the guest speakers touched on.

Keynote speakers at the UBC conference also spoke at the event. They included Sivakami Palanimuthu, a writer and social activist who is described as a "champion of Dalit and women rights." Her most recent work is the novel "The Grip of Change" in which she shows "Dalit life in the raw, what is done to them, and what they do themselves," (The Hindu, 2006).

When I asked her about the strategies she employed to expand the Dalit Land Rights Movement in the context of government, she was not shy to talk about her interactions with government officials and her interactions with members of the Tamil Panther Movement, as well as the hospitality of Dalit Panther leader, Thirumavalar. She spoke about "being a tool of the movement to organize meetings and raise awareness of the plight of the Dalits and their landlessness and the need for the creation of land policy.

Some key issues raised were: 1) government has a "modern" responsibility; 2) how Dalits can turn to the government and ask for land; 3) uprooting of Dalits who dwell on high cost land (in the urban centers); 4) provisions of basics amenities in urban settings; and 5) amendments to "The Land Ceiling Act."

She also stated that the issues of the Dalits are not only economical in accessing land, but "much more, it is the dignity." Although she herself is successful and has elevated herself economically; she spoke about still being tagged as a "Dalit." Inspired by her words, Ajmer Rode, (regarded as the "founder of Punjabi theater in Canada" who wrote the first Punjabi play Dooja Passa on racism experienced by minorities and is known for his recent play Rebirth Of Gandhi, which was inspired by Ms. Palanimuthu's work), said: "Her writing indeed is what a writer should be, getting involved at the grass roots level -the writing that comes out of that - is real writing."

Another speaker from the conference was Arun Prabha Mukherjee, a professor of English at Toronto's York University, specializing in South Asian and minority literatures. Mukherjee has authored many books, including her much acclaimed "Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition and is currently translating Marathi Dalit writer Sharan Kumar Limbale's novel "Hindu." She pointed out how Mr. Dil's poetry inspired her: "Poets like Lal Singh Dil leave words behind that will inspire in different phases of peoples lives. They are the spark and the light to keep the fire burning."

As an educator, she said, "It is sad that this great literature is not taught in schools and universities. These words have a great effect on the younger generation because of the eye-opening realities of life of India that was hidden from them. People forget social injustice and different work needs to be done to keep memories alive.

"Prominent activist from Nawan Shaher, Mr. Om Parkash Lakha (General Secretary of Dr. Ambedkar Mission Society and Trust), also spoke and said he that he was hopeful to tell the Dalits upon his return to India, that Dr. Amdedkar societies are doing well in Canada, and "in a globalized world, emancipation is easier."

As the evening came to a close, local Punjabi singer, Kamlesh Ahir sang with passion and asked: "Why did Lal Singh Dil never marry? He chose not to because he loved a woman from a different caste and he loved her all his life." Indeed, Mr. Dil lived for self-respect and died for self-respect even in matters of the heart.

Also present at the event, as the only non-South Asian, was conference participant Dr. Karin Doerr, professor from Concordia University, Montreal. She was called upon to be part of the award presentation. Her work as researcher and educator is connected to injustice, revolving around the issues of extreme discrimination and genocide as they occurred during World War II in Germany and examines its manifestations in language and literature.

Of special concern to her is the plight of women in struggles and conflicts because it often gets neglected. She said her visit and interactions within the South Asian community and its literature was a learning experience as she enhanced her knowledge about the injustice experienced by the Dalits and the widows in the Delhi colonies following the Sikh massacre of 1984. This, she feels, needs to be shared and exposed more to promote general awareness.

In closing, one of the organizers of the event with the Chetna Association, Jai Birdi, said the speakers' words generated such passion and emotion as they collectively, through their academic work and interest, paid homage to the Dalit movement and the discrimination they experience. They agreed that we all have a social responsibility to fight castism, to continue to make it a global issue and employ the strategies for social transformation urged by Dr. Ambedkar: "Educate, organize and agitate."

This article forwarded by Mr. Jai Birdi.
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Posted on August 29, 2007

ATROCITIES AND SOCIAL BOYCOTT
OF DALITS IN PUNJAB

There are discriminated people all over the world but no any where on this earth the natives now known as Dalits, the sons of their own soil, have been treated as animals continuously for thousands years under the social system called Varna System. The system is now popularly known as caste system.

In India, 350 millions of people officially termed and called Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes now called Dalits are being treated inhumanly, discriminated against and oppressed relentlessly by various modes and methods.

If Dalits try to enjoy the constitutional rights to improve their life, they are brutally killed, their women are raped, children are slaughtered, wells are poisoned, and their dwellings are burned collectively. One Lakh cases of atrocities are reported in the police stations every year and almost equal number of atrocities is not reported and recorded. During last 60 years about One Lakh people have been killed by the upper caste people due to castism.

Punjab is not very much behind in committing atrocities and following the practice of untouchability. In Tur village of the Tarn Taran District, the Dalits are facing social boycott by the Landlords for the past ten days. Trouble started when a Dalit woman Charanjit Kaur with her relative (Kurmani) Swarn Kaur had gone to the fields for answering the call of nature (excreta). A Landlord's son misbehaved them. The matter was reported to Police, which booked the boy, in retaliation, the Landlord imposed the social boycott on Dalits. Situation in the village is tense, but the Police is strictly watching.

On 19th August in village Faridpur of District Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab, four Dalit girls were forced to pick up their own nature soil (excreta) with their hands and were victimized by the landlords.

DALIT STUDENT LOST HIS VISION

FOR DEMANDING MORE FOOD IN BIHAR

A Dalit Navin Kumar Paswan, student of fourth class, Government School, Aujapauchha of District Purnea in Bihar, lost his one eye after headmaster and master beating him up mercilessly for simply demanding more food during Mid-Day Meal Scheme run by the WHO, Agency of the UNO.

POSTED ON AUGUST 27, 2007



We are sharing some of the photographs taken during these days at Mohammadabad.

SCAVENGER GIRLS OF MOHAMMDABAD,
GHAZIPUR (UTTAR-PRADESH)

V. B. RAWAT

I have just returned from a long trip from Eastern Uttar-Pradesh. On 15th of August, this year, at Mohammdabad, we honored the two young girls from scavenger community who stood first in their board examinations of 10th and 12th. We had promised to give them a bicycle each if they score good marks. The two of them worked hard. To instigate the other girls and boys in the community to work harder, a meeting was organized with the parents of the girls and other elders from the community.

Social Development Foundation's local centre in Mohammdabad has become ray of hope for not only the scavenger and Dalit girls but also for the Muslims girls who come and learn sewing. A two days workshop in developing humanist leadership among Dalit youth was also organized in Mohammdabad.

We would like to thank each one of our individual donors who supported the cause of the Dalit girls and hope they would continue do so. I will be sending a detailed note to our friends soon on the outcome of our scholarship scheme. We are happy to inform you that apart from sewing, we have decided to start a computer learning programme at our centre and are in the process of getting another computer so that the girls can learn computer skills. Apart from that we also intend to start designing, jardoi work also.

The process has been difficult as this is really a constructing work and the community is appreciating it but individual donations are tough thing to collect. We will be releasing the list of individuals who donated last year and our expense sheet for the same.

This year we plan to provide scholarship to 15 girls & already 40 girls are learning sewing free of cost. Now as our computer centre will start functioning in next two months, we expect more enrollments for the same.

POSTED ON AUGUST 24, 2007


DALITS AFTER 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE OF INDIA
Dalit girls forced to pick up their own excreta in Punjab

Phagwara:- On 19th August in village Faridpur, 30 km. from Patiala District in Punjab, four dalit girls were forced to pick up their own excreta with their hands and were victimised by the landlords. The girls had gone to the nature soil in the fields. The owner of the field not only insulted them but forced them to pick up the excreta.

The Local Dalits protested against the inhuman behaviour but police failed to take action against the land lords accused.

The Constitution of India in its article 46 casts a duty on the state to protect Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from social injustice and all forms of exploitation. How far has the state been able to protect them?. The state government failed to check atrocities on Dalits in Punjab. Atrocities on Dalits are due to Casteism. There have been innumerable and persistent atrocities on Dalits even after the 60 years of Independence of India.

S. L. Virdi, Advocate, (Phagwara, Punjab.)

POSTED ON AUGUST 22, 2007


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 .

NRI 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 community support.

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.

We 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.

Also, we appreciate AMBEDKARTIMES.COM for posting beautiful pictures of the float.

Yours, in mission, 
Raj Kumar Oshoraj 
Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada

POSTED ON AUGUST 24, 2007


 

AMBEDKAR FLOAT ON INDIA DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK

RAJU KAMBLE

This is first time in New York, Ambedkar float is being put in the India Day Parade in New York. The India Day parade is on Sunday, the 19 August 2007. This is a good occasion for all of us around New York City to show solidarity and show of our strength. The Parade will start at 9.00 A.M. Our float is something like 45 ft. Our friends in New York are working very hard on getting real big size portraits of Babasaheb.

The idea was muted quite late and then to get the permission to be part of the procession was not all that easy. Hence it took lot of time to fix all these things. The entry fee into the procession is US$ 3500; which is already been paid of by the Ambedkarites in New York.

So, please join us one and all. I guess our people right up to Virginia in the south and up to Boston in the North/East should make an attempt to be part of this parade with their families.

Our Punjabi friends are hiring a bus to facilitate participation of our people from Queens’s area in New York. The parade starts at 41st street in Madison Square and goes up to 23rd Street. This is a first time ever for all of us and hence i too, cannot resist from not participating in it and hence will definitely show up in New York.

Quite a few of us are working on putting together the posters, banners and the handouts for distribution. So, see you all in New York on Sunday, 19 August 2007.

For more in-details, please contact: Raju kamble (Canada) 403-615-4590

Posted on August 13, 2007

 

DEBATE ON DALITS
IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS (LONDON)

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty’s Government:
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What representations they have made to the Government of India about human rights and exploitation of the Dalits in India .

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, officials at the British High Commission have regular discussions on human rights, including rights for Dalits, with the Government of India. My right honourable friend Ian McCartney, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, raised human rights issues during his recent visit to India and subsequently wrote to Anand Sharma, the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Lord Alton of Liverpool : My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Is she aware that 200 years ago William Wilberforce described what he called âœthe cruel shackles❠of the caste system as, âœa detestable expedient ... a system at war with truth and nature❠With the launch this week of the film âœIndia’s Hidden Slaveryâ, which highlights the violence, exploitation and discrimination experienced by India’s 167 million Dalits, will we work with the Government of India to challenge, not least through education, the persistence into the 21st century of this degrading and pernicious system, which threatens the social stability and economic progress of India? Does the Minister agree with India ‘s Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, that, âœUntouchability is not just social discrimination, it is a blot on humanityâ?

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord and with the Prime Minister of Indiaâ”it is indeed a blot on humanity. Discrimination on the basis of caste identity constrains the human rights, livelihoods and life chances of millions of men, women and children. It is a systematic injustice and a routine violation of the most basic human rights. For that reason, we are working with the Government of India to assist them in addressing the issue and in implementing the rather good legislation that they have but which is not yet being properly implemented.

Lord Avebury: My Lords, as one means of helping the Government of India, would the noble Baroness consider the suggestion made by a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that social data collected in India should be disaggregated by class, so that the relative disadvantage suffered by Dalits and Adivasis can be measured, particularly their relative attainment of the millennium development goals, compared with the population of India as a whole?


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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, I regret that I do not have a specific view on the data mentioned by the noble Lord, but I will certainly look into them. One of the programmes that DfID is funding concerns data in respect of Dalits, so I hope to be able to give him a full reply, a copy of which I will place in the Library.

Lord Anderson of Swansea : My Lords, India is a vibrant, modernising democracy and a good friend within the Commonwealth. Should not our message be that, in so far as it does not deal sympathetically with the Dalit problem, that is not only wrong in itself but blunts India ‘s excellent record on human rights outside its borders?

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely correct. As I pointed out in my earlier response, it is why my right honourable friend has written to the Minister responsible in India . We raise this issue frequently and our High Commission regularly raises it with officials in India . It is a matter that we will not leave because it is a blatant injustice and has to be dealt with. The Indians are our very good friends and we want to work with them to help them to eradicate it.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, in view of India ‘s very rapid economic growth, does the Minister agree that there is an historic opportunity to ensure that the Dalits are included in this growing employment? Will she accept on behalf of government employees in India the Ambedkar principles of fair employment, particularly for Dalits? Will she encourage the many British companies now investing in India also to accept those principles of fair employment?

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, we certainly support the Ambedkar principles and we are encouraging all companies that have a relationship with India , trading or whatever, to support those principles as well. Our main approach on labour standards is via the UN’s Global Compact, which is an agreement, launched by Kofi Annan in 2000, between the UN and business to uphold and promulgate 10 principles covering human rights, labour, the environment and combating corruption, but the Ambedkar principles are very good.

Lord Desai: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that India has a policy of reservation, both in employment and for slots in higher education, for scheduled castesâ”the Dalitsâ”and scheduled tribes? Does she agree that a more important task for India is to pay attention to primary and secondary education for the Dalits and others so that they can progress to higher education and good government jobs?

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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: Indeed, my Lords, we applaud the policy of reservation for the moment, but we hope that one day, with more education opportunities for Dalits, it will no longer be necessary. For that reason, many of our programmes are to do with education, especially of women and girls in India .
Baroness Cox: My Lords, is the Minister aware that, in contradiction to India’s national constitution, nine out of 28 states have passed anti-conversion laws, which deprive people of the freedom to choose and change religion and deprive Dalits of the right to move out of the caste system?
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: My Lords, I am aware of those anti-conversion laws. They are a subject of our regular dialogue with the Government of India and with states.

 

DR. AMBEDKAR WEAKER SECTION WELFARE SOCIETY PUNJAB
&
DR. AMBEDKAR MISSION SOCIETY BEDFORD UK
SUCCESSFULLY ORGANISED THREE MEDICAL CAMPS IN PUNJAB

1) Model of Takshila Buddha Vihara Ludhiana.

(2) Free Medical check ups for Buddhist Monks,

(3) Doctors are seeing the patients,

(4) Seth Sat Pal Mall is giving away Momentos to Doctors,
Mayor Mr. SurinderMahey, Mr. Harmesh Jassal & others standing.

 


 

DALIT SOLIDARITY NETWORK UK
Thomas Clarkson House, the Stableyard, Broomgrove Road, London SW9 9TL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7501 8323 Fax: +44 (0)20 7738 4110 Email: dalitsnuk@yahoo.co.uk
Registered Charity Number -1107022


Press Release

TIME NOW FOR ABOLITION OF CASTE
The celebrations to mark the Act of abolishing the Slave Trade in 1807 were invoked at a meeting in Parliament seeking an end to caste discrimination. Chairing the meeting the Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd John Gladwin, said what an important weekend this was, marking the 200th anniversary of Abolition, and drew parallels with the need to abolish caste discrimination also. Dr Joseph D’Souza from the Dalit Freedom Network quoted Wilberforce who had achieved his aim 200 years ago in this same Parliament. Wilberforce said, ‘Caste is a system at war with truth and nature’.
The meeting was organised by the Dalit Solidarity Network, in conjunction with Christian Solidarity Worldwide which is hosting the delegation for two weeks, to brief MPs and others on the current situation in the caste struggle. Professor Kancha Ilaiah drew attention to the recent statement by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, who drew a clear parallel between untouchability and apartheid. He said the situation was getting worse and could lead to civil war. The police continue to be severely repressive towards the 250 million Dalit and Tribal Peoples, with beatings and killings. ‘What has changed’, said Professor Ilaiah ‘is Dalit consciousness and that at a global level’. He spoke also of the need for Dalits to be taught English as that was the language of opportunity.
Indira Athawale spoke about the particular repression experienced by Dalit women. She recounted the incident last September at Kherlanji where - over an argument on land ownership - a mother and daughter were paraded naked, beaten, raped and killed. Two sons were also murdered. Scores of people were involved, thirty were arrested but all have now been freed. Thousand of Dalits came out in protest and such acts of resistance are growing more frequent.
The next speaker Moses Parmar told the story of a village where his organisation was offering support to the Dalit communities. One Brahmin family had controlled a village of 500 Dalits, until finally they rebelled and the Brahmin family were almost murdered. He said that Christianity offers liberation and a future for Dalits.
Dr D’Souza, also speaking about the Kherlanji incident, said that in the past it would have been swept under the carpet - now it is being exposed even by the media, largely controlled by the oppressive castes. ‘What is being done to Dalits and Tribals is unpardonable and intolerable’, he said. He noted that at the beginning of the year the Indian Finance Minister had crowed that with ‘India is rising’ there had been 9% growth last year. What he did not say however that this was only for 20% of the population, little is changing for the many millions of Dalits.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Chair of the Dalit Solidarity Network (UK), commented afterwards, ‘In the light of what has been said today we have a real responsibility continue the struggle, inside the UK Parliament and outside, to raise the consciousness of people in the UK’. Revd David Haslam, Chair of the Network Trustees, said, ‘We must get people to realise this is an international struggle for human rights on the same level as the battle against apartheid in the last century, and against slavery the centuries before’.

March 23rd 2007
For further information please contact:
Revd David Haslam (020) 7274 6633
Meena Varma (020) 7501 8323 or 07966081558
David Griffiths (CSW) 07823 329661



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