Thursday, December 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] PDSN observes anniversary of Dr. Bhimaro Ambedkar in Pakistan

PDSN observes anniversary of Dr. Bhimaro Ambedkar in Pakistan

Hyderabad: December 8, 2011. (PCP) December 6th is the day to observe
death anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar who fought untiringly for
the downtrodden and credit for making a law and creating the necessary
atmosphere to wipe out ¡¥Untouchability¡¦ from South Asia. He was the
lion-hearted man who fought for equality, justice and humanity biggest
giant like Birhmans and Land lords. A gathering of Dalits was
organized by Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network to remark the day in

On the occasion Ms. Kalavanti Raja of Pakistan Dalit Solidarity
Network (PDSN) said that ¡§Dr. Ambedkar was a deep scholar and a
determined fighter whose entire life was dedicated to great purpose of
securing justice and equality to those people who are called
¡¥untouchalbes¡¦. No doubt he lived to see ¡¥untouchability¡¦ declared
a crime.¡¨

She further added that ¡§Ambedkar felt that the ¡¥untouchales¡¦ had
lost their individuality for centuries; it was impossible to wake up
such people through speeches and slogans. He decided to revolt against
the blind beliefs of the Caste System and he also argued that to wipe
out casteism, political power was very necessary¡¨.

Ambedkar was born on 14th April 1891, on the 15th of August 1947 he
became the first Minister of Law in independent India, On 29 th August
1947, he was chosen Cahirman of committee to frame the Constitution of
India and On 6th December 1956 he breathed his last.

We warmly salute to thoughtful leaders of society have been trying for
hundreds of years to wipe out ¡¥Untouchability¡¦. Buddha, Kabir,
Chaitanya, and other great men preached that no one is high and no one
is low among God¡¦s children. However, Sayyaji Rao Gaekwad, the
Maharaja of Baroda established a school for the ¡¥untouchables¡¦ in
1883 and Seth Khushi Ram Daryao Mal of Shikarpur dedicated their lives
to the education of the ¡¥untouchables in Sindh in 1950.

In recent history of Sindh Mr. Rasool Bux Palijo has worked very
practically to wipeout caste and religious hatred. He not only
educated them with political theories as well as academic
qualifications but also uplifted them to set on front seats of his
party. Thousands of men and women of scheduled castes are members of
Awami Tahreek. He handed over his offices and house in Hyderabad to
Scheduled castes from Thar as hostels to receive education as well as
he bounded them to cook food for him and other workers as living
charges and Eating cooked food by Dalits he largely hit hard to the
untouchabilty very practically. We also salute the Pakistani great
ladies Ms. Marvi Sirmad, Farzana Bari, Asma Jahangir, Sherry Rehman,
Seema kirmani, Anis Haroon, Mehnaz Rehman, Amar Sindhu, Arfana Mallah
who always stood up in favour of Dalits and minorities.

On August 15, 1944, the Qaid-e-Azam held a Press Conference in which
he declared: "I wish to say a word to make the position of the Muslim
League clear. As far as the Scheduled Castes and other minorities are
concerned their just claims will have to be met before any complete
settlement is achieved. I can tell my friends of the Scheduled Castes
that at no time have I overlooked their interests and position and I
may claim that in the past I have done all I could to help them, and I
shall always stand for their protection and safeguard in any future
scheme of constitution for I think that the wrongs and injustices
inflicted on them for centuries should not be allowed to continue
under any civilized form of government."

Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah had assured the Dalits and other minorities that
they would be given much better treatment than that in India and he
appointed a Scheduled Castes politician from East Pakistan Mr.
Jogender Nath Mandal as Pakistan's first Minister of Law and
Parliamentary Affairs in Pakistan. After the Scheduled caste
Declaration Act of 1957, Dalits were given reservations of 6 percent
job quota but same have been transformed into minority reservations in
1997 by the Nawaz Sharif government, resulting into strengthening the
already exploitative elements in the minority community. Presently
Scheduled Castes of Pakistan have no special incentive by government
to uplift them.

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