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Report on 125th Anniversary Celebration of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
(A Year-long Celebration)
Happy 125th Birth Anniversary of B.R.Ambedkar
The whole world celebrated “World Knowledge Day” to commemorate 125th Birth-Anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar emphasised on liberty, equality, and fraternity in society. He fought against caste and injustice because he found that there were no human rights for a large majority of the people. He rebelled against such a social organization. He wanted to vitalize the masses in India, for equal human rights. For removing the social, economic, political and religious disabilities of the untouchables, it was necessary to establish Government of the people, for the people and by the people. Only under a democratic system of government could social economic, political and religious freedom he ensured equally to every man and woman. His ultimate aim of life was to create a “real social democracy”. So, to commemorate 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Department of Philosophy, PGGCG-11, Chandigarh , Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) and Milestone Education Society (Regd.) Pehowa (Kurukshetra) took following initiatives in the whole year:
All the above, initiatives successful was due to your co-operation and blessings. Hope in future too, we will be guided and motivated by your sincerely dedication towards academics and social responsibility.
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
13th April, 2016
Desh Raj Sirswal (Editor)
Just read the story and think over it: An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each other’s hands and …ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” ‘ UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”.
In India, the problem of casteism is a bigger social issue rather than other issues which we are discussing in present academic and social front. There are several policies of the Govt. and amendments in the constitution of India to eradicate this problem. But the reality is more critical than the Government Reports highlight. There is need to work on the social front through real efforts to change the present condition of Indian society. It is the right time to become more conscious about the need of a positive ideology and its future effects.
In this short title, we are presenting three essays on the philosophy of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar which discussed his ideas on casteism, social change, education, social justice, education, women issues, and democracy etc. These essays are the revised version of papers presented in the National Seminar on “Ambedkarite Quest on Egalitarian Revolution in India” (26th & 27th November, 2013) organized by the Centre for Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana.
In the end of this book I included a chronology of life events of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar as an annexure. Hope this book will be helpful to understand his intention of social revolution and motivate us to be conscious about our duties and work for the higher goal rather than follow personal pleasure. I am thankful to all the members of Milestone Education Society (Regd.), Pehowa (Kurukshetra) for their continuous effort to propagate Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s ideology as well as their positive efforts to provide quality and fruitful education to the weaker section of society.
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The Milestone Education Society (Regd.) Pehowa (Kurukshetra) working since 2005 in the field of school education, social work and higher education through its research initiatives. It started Center for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) in 2010 and contributing continuously in the field of higher education through research journals, various programmes, and published books.
The present initiative Centre for Studies in Educational, Social and Cultural Development (CSESCD) will work on the issues related to downtrodden people though its various activity like discussions, programmes and publications etc. It also promotes the ideology of the educational thinkers who positively contributed in the society.
The present book, “Ideological Crisis in Indian Society “is the first initiative of the Centre. It includes six essays of the students who participated in the essay competition organized by the Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) and the Department of Philosophy, P.G.Govt College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh to celebrate World Philosophy Day with the theme “Indian Society and Ideological Crisis” on 21st November, 2013. These essays highlight writers’ thinking and need further improvement on the basis of ideas.
On the occasion of Death Anniversary of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, we dedicated this volume to this great personality who is the real motivation for us. His vision of social democracy and equality was closely related to good society, rationality and the scientific outlook.
I must congratulate all the members of Milestone Education Society (Regd.) Pehowa (Kurukshetra) for this new initiatives and submit my humble gratitude towards their positive efforts and kind-cooperation.
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
Two-Days National Seminar on “Ambedkarite Quest on Egalitarian Revolution in India” organized by Centre for Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana held on 26th & 27th November, 2013. It’s a matter of pleasure the faculty and students of Departments of Philosophy, Post Graduate Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh presented their papers in this seminar.
Rajni Bala (Student of B.A.Final Year) presented her paper on the topic “Contribution of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar to Indian Society” and said, “. B.R. Ambedkar popularly known as Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, was a multifaceted personality, an intellectual, a revolutionary, a philosopher, a patriot, a scholar, a writer, and the constitution maker. He struggled against the untouchability and the caste system. He began to get a taste of the bitter reality of being born as untouchable. Every day he had to carry to the school, a piece of gunny bag to sit upon and teachers would not touch his notebooks, and if he felt thirsty in the school, he could quench his thirst only if someone agreed to pour water into his mouth. He has popularly known as the pioneer who initiated the liberation movement of roughly 65 million untouchables of India. He realized that the right of the untouchables could only be safeguard by making constitutional provision. He was a scholar as much as a “man of action”. He gave an inspiring self-confidence to the Dalits, untouchables and women. He was in the favour of education and equal rights for everyone. He has been regarded as a ray of hope, for downtrodden in India. His vision of democracy and equality was closely related to good society, rationality and the scientific outlook. He held that the emancipation of Dalit in India was possible only through the three-pronged approached of education, agitation and organization. Thus Ambedkarism is the great relevance to Indian society to achieve social justice, removal of untouchability, in establishing equality and true democracy.”
Ms. Manju Chauhan (Ex-student and presently a student of MA (Philosophy), Dept. of Philosophy, P.U.Chandigarh) presented her paper on the topic “Dr. Ambedkar’s Ideas on the Importance of Equality in a ‘Just’ Society” and explained her views “Dr. Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar himself has experience the life of an untouchable. So, it has become mission of life to establish a new social order based on justice, liberty and equality. He spent his whole life fighting against discrimination and popularly known as ‘Babasaheb’. He has written on various social and political matters. In this context, he offered a model of ‘just society’ or ‘an ideal society’. According to him, casteless and classless society is must for the success of democracy. So, he wanted to base his society on liberty, equality and fraternity. Dr. Ambedkar from his early childhood was influenced by Buddha, Mahatma Phule, Kabir, etc. All of them stressed on equality in one or the other way and can be seen in the works of B.R. Ambedkar. Through his idea of education, he tried to improve the position of downtrodden or untouchables. He suggested the downtrodden to acquire new skills and start new professions to get equal status in society. He formed political organizations to establish democracy and attacked on caste system and discrimination. Among all his works, it is impossible to find which one is not indicating equality (‘just society’). Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the champion of human rights and emancipation of the untouchables.”
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal presented his paper with the title, “Dr. B.R.Ambedkar ‘s Critique of Democracy in India”and expressed his views, “Various philosophers, political scientists and writers have given numerous ideas on democracy. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was a relentless champion of human rights and staunch believer in democracy, he said: “Democracy is not a form of government, but a form of social organisation.” In “Prospects of Democracy in India” he analyzed Indian Democracy and said a democracy is more than a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living. The roots of democracy are to be searched in the social relationship, in the terms of associated life between the people who form a society. He believed that in democracy revolutionary changes in the economic and social life of the people are brought about without bloodshed. The conditions for that are (i) there should not be glaring inequalities in society, that is, privilege for one class, (ii) the existence of an opposition, (iii) equality in law and administration, (iv) observance of constitutional morality, (v) no tyranny of the majority, (vi) moral order of society, and (vii) public conscience. Addressing the Constituent Assembly, he suggested certain devices essential to maintain democracy: “(i) constitutional methods, (ii) not to lay liberties at the feet of a great man, (iii) make a political democracy a social democracy.”
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
29th November, 2013
Milestone Education Society (Regd) Pehowa organised an interactive meeting on The Haryana Registration and Regulation Act-2012 on 14th April, 2013., 11.00 am at Milestone Education Library, Balmiki Dharamshala, Pehowa (Kuruksherta) and celeberate Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s Birthday. Here is news:
By Dr Desh Raj Sirswal. Friday, 4. February, 11:34
“In every country the intellectual class is the most influential class. This is the class which can foresee, advise and lead. In no country does the mass of the people live the life for intelligent thought and action. It is largely imitative and follows the intellectual class. There is no exaggeration in saying that the entire destination of the country depends upon its intellectual class. If the intellectual class is honest and independent, it can be trusted to take the initiative and give a proper lead when a crisis arises. It is true that the intellect by itself is no virtue. It is only a means and the use of a means depends upon the ends which an intellectual person pursues. An intellectual man can be a good man but he may easily be a rogue. Similarly an intellectual class may be a band of high-souled persons, ready to help, ready to emancipate erring humanity or it may easily be a gang of crooks or a body of advocates of narrow clique from which it draws its support.(Dr.B.R.Ambedkar)
…there is always that motley of individuals in every society that determines things like the oil price or who should be the next president. As regards intellectuals, I have observed the politics of the day determines who of them has a voice. Anyone outside the ruling elite is regarded with suspicion and often are unable to influence policies.
My point is, often times intellectuals are caught napping like what happened with the recent financial crisis, making international best practices a mockery. Emerging markets keep on with the banter of nationalization thus exporting intellectuals to the first world. I mean, how many of president Hu’s people influence American research?
Economists and other positive people confer regularly at that Swiss ski resort, postulating about where the world economy is going, but they never follow through. Intellectuals get it right in cycles. The current crop gets credit for the former’s work and so on. Their ideas often get outdated if they overstay their welcome and hence revolutions.
Lastly I believe that intellectuals should be made to work for their societies. They should be milked for what their worth, for the benefit of society. They should be put on the hill from whence they would challenge society to go beyond the realms of credibility and transcend self imposed limitations.
Does it happen that way? You be the judge.
Originally posted by Moefi: of high-souled persons, ready to help, ready to emancipate erring humanity or it may easily be a you’re right
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Dr Ambedkar always thinked how the present system can be useful for poor and needy persons. His thinking was that intellectual can play a great role if they have no bias of caste, creed, religion etc. My attempt is only that intellectuals should think on socialist and humanist character of a nation. Social equality, freedom,justice, education should be for all
Dr Desh Raj Sirswal
The Positive Philosopher