Sarada Vilas Educational Institution in association with Sarada Vilasa Law College celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar at centenary hall on Friday.
South India Wing RSS Convener M Venkataram inaugurated the event and said that those celebrating birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar in Dalit colonies are spewing hatred against upper class by recounting the stories of oppression unleashed against them in the past based on the deeply-rooted caste system in our society.
Creating hatredness against upper class in the name of Ambedkar Jayanti was a serious threat to social harmony and this tendency should be discouraged as it opposes the very ideals and principles of justice and equality that Ambedkar espoused, he added.
There is a need to create awareness among Dalits to become a part of the mainstream. But this process of empowerment should not create an environment of hatredness in the society resulting in further divisions. However, it is saddening that the development in the present scenario does not fulfill Ambedkar’s vision of growth and justice. It is unfortunate that most of educated among the Dalits harbor hatred towards those belonging to the upper class which did not augur well to the health of the society, he rued.
He further urged youth to read the biography of Ambedkar and his body of works to understand Ambedkar, his ideas of an egalitarian society. Moreover, celebrating the birth anniversaries of the leaders should not be reduced to mere tokenism.
Sarada Vilas Education Institution President B S Parthasarathi, Principal of the college Vineetha P K, former minister S A Ramadas, film director S Mahendar, staff and students were present.
‘Be objective while reading Ambedkar’
“While reading the writings on Ambedkar, we need to have a more objective perspective. Whereas, we the educated people usually identify Ambedkar as a Dalit alone and then impose our bias on his works. Whereas people never employ the same bias, based on caste, while reading the works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda,” South India Wing RSS Convener M Venkataram