District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad noted that both Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram and Ambedkar were two eyes of dalits
Describing the crusaders of social justice and inspirational leaders Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram and Dr B R Ambedkar, Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad said on Tuesday that the duo were the two eyes of dalits that always envisioned for them a future with no discrimination and injustice.
“If it had not been for the sacrifices of the two leaders, dalits would still be subjugated and subjected to sheer injustice, discrimination and untouchability which they underwent for decades,” Prasad said after inaugurating the 109th birth anniversary celebrations of the former deputy prime minister Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram, organised by the district administration here. Elected representatives and officials of various government departments also paid floral tributes to the portrait of Dr Jagjivan on the occasion.
The minister added that Dr Jagjivan Ram dedicated his entire life to the upliftment of the dalits and the marginalised and strove to bring them to the mainstream and ensure them a respectable life.
But, Prasad said expressing his disappointment that, most of the people had forgotten the immense sacrifices of Dr Jagjivan Ram and had failed to realise the importance of their struggles that brought a revolution in the lives of the dalits and the marginalised.
“Condition of dalits is better now compared to earlier. The society has undergone significant changes into becoming a society wherein human rights and values are upheld. But what is disappointing is that casteism, discrimination and untouchability still persists in some parts of the country and not totally eradicated,” he said.
Though Mysuru has a good number of dalit population, the Kalamadir was largely empty as only a few turned up for the programme.
A calendar bearing the picture of Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram was released on the occasion.
Earlier in the morning, elected representatives and government officials paid floral tributes and garlanded the statue of Dr Jagjivan in front of the City Railway Station.
Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, MLAs G T Devegowda, Vasu, Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanita Prasanna, Mysuru Urban Development Authority chairperson K R Mohan Kumar and Zilla Panchayat CEO P A Gopal were present
Dr Babu Jagjivan Ram was instrumental in the foundation of the All-India Depressed Classes League, an organisation dedicated to attaining equality for untouchables, in 1935 and was elected to Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1937, after which he organised the rural labour movement.