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Ambedkar Jayanti 2015
The 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was celebrated by the Department of Dalit Studies (DDS) with traditional fervour on 14th April in Indian Social Institute, New Delhi.
In order to mark the occasion, a lecture was organized on the topic “Dalit Women’s Movement and Patriarchy” delivered by Ms. Rajni Tilak, founder member of Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Tilak recounted her experience of struggle against a patriarchal mindset as a Dalit woman from childhood and spelt out the challenges faced by Dalit women’s movements in the contemporary socio-economic and political context in India. She exhorted the gathering to draw from the inspiring life and writings of Dr. Ambedkar in order to eschew patriarchal practices within oneself and in families so that women may be liberated from oppressive patriarchal structures in Indian society today.
Mr. Wilson Bezwada, the National Convenor of Safai Karmachari Andolan, presided over the function. He highlighted the role of the State in failing to liberate women from the fetters of patriarchy in society. He pointed out that as India’s first Law Minister, Dr. Ambedkar tried his best to introduce a gender sensitive law in the form of Hindu Code Bill and did not hesitate to resign from Nehru’s cabinet when he failed to do so. He appealed to all people of good will to protect Constitutional values from the constant threat of unjust social norms still prevailing in the country. Earlier, video clips on the life of Dr. Ambedkar were screened, his portrait was garlanded and floral tributes were paid by all dignitaries as a mark of respect to the great icon of Modern India.
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