Thursday, March 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar's role in society hailed

Karnataka - Gulbarga

Ambedkar's role in society hailed

Special Correspondent

Now in Kannada:Tontada Siddalinga Mahaswami releasing the translated
works on B.R. Ambedkar

GULBARGA: Tontada Siddalinga Mahaswami has hailed B.R. Ambedkar as a
visionary statesman and nationalist who spent his life working for the
uplift of Dalits and oppressed communities.

He was speaking at the release of the Kannada versions of Gail
Omvedt's Ambedkar — Towards an enlightened India as well as Ambedkar's
Caste in India and Annihilation of Caste here on Sunday.

Recalling Ambedkar's fight against the caste system, the swami said,
"Ambedkar, being a true nationalist, chose to embrace Buddhism, a
religion which preaches non-violence, practises secularism and treats
every human as equal."

Although he could have become the first President of independent
India, he chose to become the Law Minister, enabling him to frame the
Constitution and ensure justice for the oppressed, the swami said.

Social activist and writer R.K. Hudgi who translated the books was
among those present.


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