Gandhi, Ambedkar alone strove for the oppressed: Historian

Historian Dr Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi was delivering a seminar on ‘Freedom of Speech, Nationalism and Democracy’ organised by UoM

 “The Indian constitution allows for establishing a political society that strengthens Democracy and hence as citizens it is our responsibility to preserve the constitution,” said noted historian Dr Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi here on Thursday.
He was delivering a seminar on ‘Freedom of Speech, Nationalism and Democracy’ organised by University of Mysore Dr B R Ambedkar Research Institute and Extension Centre in association with University Scheduled Caste and Tribe Special Unit as part of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar at Rani Bahadur auditorium where about 70 PhD candidates belonging to SC and ST communities who had received certificates during the 96th Annual Convocation were honoured.
Citing JNU and University of Hyderabad row, he said that freedom of speech has been threatened and the need to think independently has been stifled.

A few vested interests to gain political mileage by imposing their brand of nationalism are trying to misrepresent the real concept of nationhood and the various issues plaguing the society, he added.
Except for Dr B R Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi, no leaders were truly concerned about uplifting the downtrodden and the oppressed in the society. Ambedkar strove indefatigably and held a non-compromising stance and highlighted the real situation of the dalits and the marginalised. He struggled to reform and ensure a good standard of living among Dalits, women and the backward class. He envisioned to create a society based on equality and freedom and looked forward for a better future through his work ‘Buddha and Dhamma,’ said the historian.
Ambedkar who started his engagement with the public life by being the leader of the Dalits and the backward classes rose to being the architect of the Indian Constitution.
Addressing scholars, Syndicate Member Prof D Nanjundaiah noted that the youth by reacting in an unthinking and emotional manner with regard to issues of dalits and the leader are only destroying the image of Dr B R Ambedkar.
He further noted that after securing PhD one should not limit their research and study to a specific area but continually take up studies in other areas too, he added.
Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad inaugurated and felicitated the scholars. UoM Vice Chancellor K S Rangappa, KSOU professor Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi and Samatha Vedike chief Rathi Rao were present.
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‘Shortage of guides in UoM’
Appealing to Vice Chancellor of UoM Prof K S Rangappa to amend norms related to PhD, the Syndicate Member of the University Prof D Nanjundaiah highlighted the shortage of guides to facilitate research scholars. The vice chancellor has to take steps to permit more scholars under a guide. The number of research scholars a guide can facilitate now is seven, he said.

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