Sunday, May 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Now Ambedkar inspires a ‘Babasaheb Charit Manas’

Now Ambedkar inspires a 'Babasaheb Charit Manas'
May 1st, 2010 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS -

Lucknow, May 1 (IANS) Inspired by B.R. Ambedkar's fight against social
discrimination, a senior official in Uttar Pradesh has penned
"Babasaheb Charit Manas", a collection of poems on audio CD eulogizing
the Dalit icon and architect of the Indian constitution.
"I have been deeply impressed by the great Indian thinker who spent
his entire life fighting social discrimination. 'Babasaheb Charit
Manas' is a small initiative from my side to honour Ambedkarji for all
that he did for the poor and the downtrodden," Raj Kumar Sachan, chief
development officer (CDO) of Etah district, told IANS on telephone.

Sachan is not a Dalit, but that has not stopped him from launching the
audio CD of his poems.

He also plans to get a book published soon. "I will definitely publish
a book on my poems dedicated to Ambedkar. I believe in six months or
so, the book would have around 450-500 pages," he said.

The three-hour long CD has several songs in honour of Ambedkar. In his
poems, Sachan has equated Ambedkar with the Hindu gods.

It took over three years for Sachan to write poems that cover
different phases of Ambedkar's life and family.

Asked what made him write poems on Ambedkar, he replied, "It happened
three years ago while I was in Lucknow. One day when I was meditating
with closed eyes, I felt Ambedkarji speaking in my ears that I should
write poems on him."

"Thereafter, I took up the writer's job and even took leave on several
occasions to write the poems. During the period, I went to Ambavade
town in Maharashtra, where Ambedkar's family lived."

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which espouses the cause of Dalits, is
in power in Uttar Pradesh. But Sachan said his compilation should not
be linked to any political party nor should it be viewed as an attempt
to appease any political outfit.


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