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Ambedkar was more than champion of dalit rights, says his grandson

Anand Teltumbde, grandson of B.R. Ambedkar, addressing the all-India dalit intellectuals’ summit in Kakinada on Sunday. — Photo: S. Rambabu
Anand Teltumbde, grandson of B.R. Ambedkar, addressing the all-India dalit intellectuals’ summit in Kakinada on Sunday. — Photo: S. Rambabu

Stating that it was not correct to consider B.R. Ambedkar only as a dalit leader, civil liberties activist and grandson of the architect of the Indian Constitution Anand Teltumbde on Sunday stressed the need for achieving a society where there was no division on the basis of caste. Such an achievement would help equal rights and opportunities to the poor and weaker sections, he added.

Addressing the all-India dalit intellectuals' summit on ‘Problems of dalit society – solutions' organised by the Forum for Dalit Studies (FDS) at Ambedkar Bhavan here, Dr. Anand said that it was not correct on the part of society to regard Dr. Ambedkar alone as the champion of dalit rights, as he fought for the development of women and other oppressed sections of society as well.

“Dr. Ambedkar dreamt of a society without the existence of caste. He fought for achieving it till the end of his life. To fulfil his dream, he even converted into Buddhism,” Dr. Anand said.

Stating that the issue of caste would only lead to division of society on any day, Dr. Anand said that the result of several movements launched on the basis of caste proved it many times.

Globalisation

Observing that a good number of intellectuals were welcoming globalisation that provides opportunities to the meritorious youth, Dr. Anand said that there was a need to focus on how globalisation was helpful to the poor dalits residing in rural pockets.

“The dalit society must launch a positive movement to get equal opportunities,” he said.

Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Central University R.K. Kale presided over the meeting. District Collector M. Ravi Chandra, Joint Collector K. Sasidhar, Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Kakinada Allam Appa Rao and others were present.

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