[WSMDiscuss] 129th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Tue Apr 14 14:54:13 CEST 2020


Greetings!As we celebrate 129th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar today,the countrywide lockdown has been extended up to May 03, 2020, Anand Teltumbdeand Gautam Navlakha have been arrested and the country’s poor and low castepeople, migrant workers continue to suffer all kinds of discrimination andexclusion as much as we dislike but it is a crude and ugly fact that refuses togo away. 


Onthe first link given below you could watch a documentary film and on other links youcould read and also watch news regarding the hardships faced by invisiblepeoples and whose life perhaps do not matter and they continue facinghumiliations on every day basis.  


Dopass it on to others in your circle/network. 




Message from Dr. Nicolas Jaoul, Anthropologist, Paris 


Dear friends
This year the annual celebrations of BabasahabAmbedkar cannot take place due to the lockdown in India. Ambedkar(14/4/1891-6/12/1956) fought relentlessly for India to free herself from anexploitative and violent caste system. He has continued to inspire manystruggles and individuals who committed their lives to pursue this task. 

In order to contribute to the online celebrations of thisadmirable man, I propose a home screening of my documentary film « Sangharsh, times of strife » that willbe freely available online until 21st April. 


You are welcome to share it with friends with this link : https://vimeo.com/user11319501/review/406877162/8a3fca1774?fbclid=IwAR2NiaZfun0_z793jrVhLe04bReN-wkVqlbV-z53gHhjA1Oi2AtHC6N6j6I
and this password : Babasahab129

I hope the film will inspire you for the decisive strugglesthat await us after the lockdown, for a more equal and happy world, free of allforms of state violence, exploitations, injustices and humiliations. 

I would like to dedicate this event to Anand Teltumbde, whois member of the Ambedkar family and who will be jailed on 14th April on falsecharges by the Indian government. 


Free Anand Teltumbde and all political prisoners ! 

Long live Ambedkar ! Babasahab Amar rahei ! 


About the Film: Shotin the late 1990s just after the BSP lost political power and the BJP tookover, Sangharsh takes us deep into the lifeworld of Dalit Panther activists inUttar Pradesh. By following three activists, one is taken on a rough trip inthe slums and villages of Kanpur region, where these characters are determinedto continue spreading the revolutionary messages of Ambedkar, comes what mayand in a creative way. It is an emotional journey into the urge to struggle inorder to assert one's humanity, when humiliation, exploitation and violenceremain always around the corner. 




Thinking with Ambedkar in the time of Coronavirus





Revisiting Ambedkar on Epidemics, Treatment Bias and HinduRaj 

S NSahu, NewsClick.in, April 14, 2020 



Amid the corona pandemic, taking a leaf out of Babasaheb’swritings would do well to ensure that the poor and marginalised are notprofiled and denied treatment, as seen in the flu epidemic of 1918. 




Coronavirus - Man, Dogs Sharing Spilt Milk In Agra ShowsLockdown Desperation

NDTV,April 14, 2020 





Salt-Rice, Water: How MigrantWorkers Are Coping With Lockdown In Delhi 

NDTV, April 13, 2020 



The state government is distributing food rations to thosewith ration cards but most migrant workers don't have ones that work in Delhi. 




Ground Report: Govt’s IgnoranceCosts Sanitation Workers their Lives 

Bhasha Singh, NewsClick.in, April 13, 2020 



In this ground report, senior journalist Bhasha Singh spokewith sanitation workers hailing from several states about how their life isrisked and how the government is least concerned about their wellbeing.




A Dark Manhole, Caste and COVID-19 

Suprakash Majumdar, Thee Citizen, April 12, 2020 



Pandemic Exposes Social Divide 




With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi  


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 lose 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. 
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