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The College, in its effort to maximize the teaching learning outcome, has established ASC that offers unique platform and opportunity to the students to have a wholesome learning experience. The important events organized and initiatives taken by this Centre has evidently opened the minds of the students to newer ways of thinking. ASC has taken up cross-cutting issues related to professional challenges and social anomalies etc.
Starting with academic session 2016-17, SLC has taken another significant initiative by setting up an Ambedkar Study Circle. SLC celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on April 13, 2016. Further, to highlight the role of Baba Sahib in nation building, the College celebrated Constitution Day on 24th November, 2015. The aim of this Circle is to organize activities related to the life and mission of Baba Saheb Ambedkar, and his contribution to the nation and society. It will organize activities such as debate and poster making competitions, seminars, as well as celebrate important days related to the life of Baba Saheb to create an awareness among students about the role played by him in our nation. This Circle will also organize career oriented programmes participation in which will be open to all students of the College.
India in its pre-independence era has been on the receiving end and governed and defined by those who ruled over it. Be it Hinduism or Islamism, the dynamics of caste and religion structured the socio-political system in those times. The caste-structure had fostered divisiveness and class distinctions. Due to this, a large section of society got muddled up facing the tyranny of Brahminism and uncouthed relation with Islam and their development got stalled. However, voices of protest had always stood against the wind of authoritarian rule. In medieval period, for example, one can witness a concatenation which prompted people to protest/respond. As a result, personalities like Kabir (a weaver from Benaras), Ravidas (a cobbler), Haridas (a slave) etc. who belonged to lower strata raised their concerns and exposed the atrocities and irregularities in caste/religious structure.
ANAMTE MAANUS HOT SAB, YAH JAANAT SANSAAR ||
BANCHAK SOOD KARAVAHI, KAHAI KABIR PUKAAR || (Kabir)
(All are born as human beings and everybody knows this fact. The deceptors have divided the Humanity into high and low)
The situation remained unchanged during the colonial period as well. The nationalist-bourgeoisie elites like Gandhi and Nehru who strived for mass-mobilisation had to face the challenges of caste nexus (how can a brahmin move along a shudra/dalit in independence struggle and so on) in order to fight against the Colonial rule. These social outcastes namely dalits or untouchables had no defined role in the movement against colonial rule. With no one to acknowledge their interests/desires or voices, they lived their lives in utter destitution and were limited to the role of crowd enhancer.
Amidst this political and social unrest, there was a man who was working on his thesis "The problem of the rupee: Its origin and its solution" in London. Though far from politics, this man was destined to become the architect of the Indian Constitution.The messiah of dalits. He was Dr.Bhim raoRamji Ambedkar (1891-1956).
Born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh (then Central Provinces), Ambedkar became Ambedkar due to the hardships he had faced in his boyhood. Devoid of basic human rights, he was exposed to sub-human treatment: depending on the benevolence of high caste Hindus to drink water, could not sit with his high caste peers in the class and other issues due to the stigma of untouchability. To this he revolted.
His primary concerns were to promote individuality, equality, acknowledging universal and constitutional human rights; and, ethics through which a sense of tolerance could be inculcated among the masses. All of these could be achieved only through education and awareness. He stirred the basis of elite understanding of history. He wrote several books in this concern. His most seminal book "Who were the Shudras?" (1946) exhibits the idea that the Shudras belonged to the warrior class (Kshatriya varna) and were gradually stripped off their original status of warrior to that of a social outcaste. Henceforth, they were not able to claim their position in caste-hierarchy. On 25th December, 1927, Ambedkar burned Manusmriti (an ancient legal text of Hindus propagating caste laws) and called it as "ManusmritiDahanDiwas". Ambedkar rejected Brahmanism, rejected caste-system and asserted equality.
Today, Ambedkar is majorly remembered as the voice of dalits/untouchables but he had also mastered law, economics, and politics other than social activism. In order to spread the ideals of Dr. Ambedkar, this Study Circle undertook many initiatives:
1) Commemorating Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar:
The Centre commemorated the birth anniversary of Baba Ambedkar on 14th April, 2015. The Speakers Professor S. N. Malakar, Professor Hansraj and Associate Professor Ratan Lal spoke on various aspects of Ambedkar's life stating the factors which acted as catalyst in the making of Ambedkar as a social reformer. Having himself faced social discrimination as a child; he remained committed throughout his life to fight against the caste discrimination. In this regard, he mobilised the untouchables and made them aware of their rights. Ambedkar opposed caste hierarchy which made subjugation of Dalits so rampant that it seemed a distant story for an untouchable to evade the demonic structure of caste. The speakers also stressed on the fact due to such a stand, Ambedkar emerged as a saintly figure of 20th century.
The Ambedkar Study Circle organised a talk on "Role of Bharat Ratna Ambedkar in Indian Constitution"on 24th November, 2015. Prof. Vivek Kumar as a Resource Person explained the problems in the making of the Indian Constitution. Before determining the Preamble to the Constitution, voices of many were acknowledged. Many proposals were discussed. These proposals/suggestions/feedbacks received from various parts of the then India were in themselves representation of various castes/classes spread across the country. A very elongated debate was held before determining the constitution meant for the convenience of the citizens of India. Such an insightful lecture was well received by the audience. Both the Principal, Dr. Rabi Narayan Kar and the Convenor, Dr. Ravindra Kumar expressed the gratitude for such a thought-provoking talk.
On 13th April, 2016, Ambedkar Study Circle celebrated 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar. On this occasion, an emiment social activist Ms Mani Mala; and the Chairman of NACDOR, National Convener RPI, Mr. Ashok Bharti expressed their views on the reception of the Ambekar's thoughts and principles in 21st century. This was followed by a very long discussion on the topic of caste and reservation. Both the speakers then explained the dynamics of caste and reservation in 21st C.4) Parliament Visit
The Ambedkar Study Circle organised a "Visit to Parliament" with a purpose to acquaint the student with the history of Indian Constitution. The students witnessed both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. They were informed about the functioning of the Parliament. The students requested the Convener, Mr. Sanoj Kumar to organise such educational trips on regular basis.
A talk was organised by the Ambedkar Study Circle on "Babasaheb B. R. Ambedkar: Making of Republic India" on 24th January, 2017. The speakers Sh. Anil Chamadia, Senior Journalist and Sh. Urmilesh Urmi, Senior Journalist explained the role of Ambedkar as a policy maker. The Speakers were of view that Ambedkar had an extensive study of the proposals he received from various communities. He was, however, committed to the cause of representation and equality while framing the constitution.
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