Indian Government to send 100 Dalit students to U.S. and U.K. on Ambedkar "Inspiration" Trip

June 17, 2015 14:56
Indian Government to send 100 Dalit students to U.S. and U.K. on Ambedkar "Inspiration" Trip

Indian Government is arranging a study tour wherein one hundred Dalit students will get a chance to visit institutes in the United States and the United Kingdom where Dr BR Ambedkar studied.

But many are not happy and satisfied with Sarkar’s helping hand, it seems.

"Besides Columbia University, there is not much about Ambedkar in the US. His documents tell us only about a seminar paper that he had presented in the Colombia University. There is a hostel where Ambedkar lived," said Dalit rights activist Professor Kancha Ilaiah of Osmania University.

Ilaiah, who has been vocal against the ideology of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad also said that the just showing universities and colleges is not enough. "It is a good thought to give this opportunity to the underprivileged, but when in the US, they should arrange for an interaction of these students with African-American scholars," added Ilaiah.

Marking the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, the ministry of social justice is also collaborating with the human resource development ministry to initiate a certificate course on the life and ideology of Ambedkar under the Indira Gandhi National Open University. An Ambedkar coin and a postal stamp will also be released to mark the occasion.

BR Ambedkar is so popular as Independent India's first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India. With his studious hard work he brought the reservation system for the welfare of Dalits. Thus, he became idol of Dalits.

But even after so many reformations towards the development of scheduled tribal and scheduled castes, why the nation failed to produce at least one more Ambedkar in the past 68 years is the million dollar question.

- Manohar

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