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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

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

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. 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

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,

King of Pop Jackson dies at 50
Ashish Kumar Sen writes from Washington
COURTESY :


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
,    

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)

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

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)
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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 sacred heart school moga photos 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: 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: <>

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

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

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

Visit  Forwarded By Pradip Bansode and M S Bahal

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 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 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: 


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

Olympic Beijing Games

Canada’s Jasvir Singh finished in fifth place

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

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.

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO JASVIR SINGH
Canadian Olympic Team Member Weightlifting
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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
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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 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 and. 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)
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)

Posted on August 06, 2008

Condolence to Sohan Singh Dhola’s family  

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. 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.

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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.

 

 

Posted on
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

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,   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: 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:

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

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