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Vishav Bharti A rural school passout
(Now Senior Reporter with Hindustan Times)
From media reports, I have come to know that you have "donated" Rs. 1 crore to your alma mater, The Lawrence School, Sanawar, from public money. Everybody has love for his school. So, it was an obvious gesture on your part of 'giving back'. I, too, have love for my school. But unlike yours, mine is not "famous" or "prestigious". My alma mater was neither established by colonial masters nor does it have a one-and-a-half-century-long tale to tell.

My school is one of the 18,000-odd schools being run by the government, of which you are the deputy chief minister. It was built by those who believed "knowledge is freedom" and dreamt that even the poorest of the poor in independent India had the right to that freedom. Sadly, the dream has been shattered; the vision seems to have become tunnel vision.

Sir, my school doesn't have pretty faces as yours has. The idea of uniform arrived in my school recently. The students still shy away from the colonial language. Unlike yours, my school doesn't have any names to boast of. Not even a single noteworthy student in the past two decades has come out of my humble institution.

Present-day teachers say that there are hardworking students, but not "intelligent" enough to become engineers or doctors. Most of them who study in the school run by your government, Mr Badal, are the poorest of the poor, children of Dalits, rural labourers and landless peasants. The situation seems to have turned worse than it was one-and-a-half-decade ago, when I was a student.

A fresh query reveals that students up to Class 8 in my school don't have benches to sit. The luxury of benches comes only when they enter Class 9. In our time, we enjoyed this luxury in Class 8. Till then, students used to be responsible for managing their own seats, which were often discarded white pesticide bags.

From my batch, I was the only one to reach the graduation level. No, I was not better than the others in any way. It was easy for a mediocre child of a schoolteacher to attain that level. However, when you were questioned about the gesture, you counter-questioned, "What is the duty of heads of governments? We give grants to schools, hospitals."

My school also needs an alumnus who could "care" for it. But from where would it get one? Is anybody even ready to send their children to those schools? Are you ready, Mr Badal, to send your own children to schools which your government owns. Those times, too, have long passed when teachers would admit their children in the schools where they taught. Who is responsible for this mess, Mr Badal? You? Your father, Parkash Singh Badal, or Capt Amarinder Singh? Who is guilty of ruining my school, Mr Badal?

We know the answer! It is not one or two governments. Government after government has betrayed the rural students of Punjab. Sir, my school also begs for your attention. It is asks, whose 'duty' is it to save it.

However, this "duty" which you recently fulfilled reminds me and my classmates of the feudal age and the emperors who would shower jagirs on sycophants, darbari artistes and writers of the palace, while their own praja (public) starved. Your Rs. 1-crore "duty" towards your super-rich school comes at a time when your own schools are dying, Mr Badal.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Dear Bahujan Family Members,
We have planned to conduct an Employees Convention on 6th December 2011 at Tamil Esai Sangam at Madurai, Tamilnadu. We are the team of Bahujan members working throughout Tamilnadu for this convention. So, we ask you to join hands for this Social Transformation action. Kindly paste the attachment Poster to your Office or Organization.
In Mission
Jeevan Kumar
Socio Political Activist, Bahujan Movement
Posted on November 7, 2011
Dear Editor,
It was 2011 October that i first visited this website for getting some articles on dalits and i found it very useful. I really appreciate that the work done by you. Just one suggestion for the moderator of this website, some of the texts are illegible as the background colours are too loud... Therefore, it becomes difficult for the reader to read the text. Kindly use lighter shades in background and darker for the text.
Rachana Sharma
(Assistant Professor, Sociology)
School of Social Sciences
Guru Nanak Dev University (Punjab) India Posted on October 19, 2011
Editor's response
Dear Professor Sharma Ji,
Jai Bhim!
Thanks for visiting Ambedkartimes.com and for liking the work. We try our best to reach to our people in the different parts of the world. We are happy to see your interest towards the website and appreciate your valuable suggestion. We will keep in mind. Please keep visiting and keep in touch.
Prem Chumber Posted on October 19, 2011
Dear Editor,

Congratulations! on the accomplishment of six successful years of Ambedkartimes.Com - a voice of voiceless. Today we are living in a scientific world and the e-media is one of an excellent mode of communication, whereby a person can learn, make others aware and convey a myriad of information in a comfortable environment. Thereby, you are doing a great community service by providing the citizens with accurate and reliable information, making them aware of the rich heritage of our history that for long been suppressed and the community been disenfranchised.

Like others, I know you have other priorities too concerning chores of everyday life. However, your allegiance to the community and enlightening them with the grassroots of our history speaks volumes in itself. I wish you a brilliant success in years ahead. Keep up the good work.

Thank you.
Rakesh Chander (Vice -President of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento (California)

Posted on August 15, 2010

Editor's mail
Jai Bhim! We all know that the demand of having LOKPAL is against the constitution and leads to destroying the democracy of India. Anna Hajare's act should not be tolerable by Indian (Ambedkarite Buddhist). Who has faith in the constitutional laws and believes that it can put anyone behind the bar if rightly executed. So somewhere we should stop this act of Anna Hajare and show to the world that existing constitution is enough to safe guard everything.

Please join hands in Satayagra at Pune District Collector Office near, Pune station, Pune at 7:00 am. on August 16, 2011. Our voice should be reached by the media so please come in large number. Please forward this message every corner of the world wherever you can.
Yours Sincerely
Satish Gaikwad, 9823404818, PRABUDDHA PARIVAR (Posted on August 12, 2011)



Two well known personalities, Left: Mr. Amrik Chand Lakha, CPA, Senior Fonding member and Ex President of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Educational
Aid Society, California, and Right: Mr. Ram Murti Saroay, Broker- Saroay Investment Realty and Chairman of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Educational
Aid Society, California, congratulate and wish all the best to the Editor-in- Chief (Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber) of Ambedkartimes group on launching
Ambedkar Times newspaper in Punjabi version. Posted on March 28, 2010


Vinod Chumber

Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Bay Area (CA)


Ramesh Suman
Phone: (925)366-3618,
Email: Ramesh@RameshSuman.com


Dear Mr. Prem Chumber,

I feel happy to go through the contents of www.ambedkartimes.com & wish to congratulate you for your service to the society. The logo should be like - Educate, organise & agitate. Before we agitate, we need to organise.

I wish to send you some photos of Guru Ravidass Jayanti celebrations 2008 in Jalandhar. For your information I got the opportunity to work with Mr. Mark for about more than three years in 1978-80 & you may find my name in preface his book -RELIGION AS SOCIAL VISION reprinted in India under the different title. Mr. Mark & I met & asked few questions to the great personality Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Ji in his farm house near Jaijjon few months before his death. I got the opportunity to listen & be present with Dr. Raunki Ram.

Dr. Gurinder Singh Mann, head of program on SIKH RELIGION & PUNJAB STUDIES, Santabara, California University-regularly in touch with me along with his group while
on one month tour program in Punjab every year.

I feel there is need for young persons like you who are dedicated to social cause because despite some betterment in economic conditions, our society should come out of mental slavery which I have seen not only in India, but also in Europe, U.K, USA & in other countries during my various visits during the last 25 years.

With best wishes
(Manohar Lal Mahey)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (June 17, 2008)

Editor's Response: Educate Agitate Organize

Dear Mr. Manohar Lal Mahey Ji,

Jai Bhim! Thanks for e-mailing me. It’s been long time. I remember that I have met you and your father many times in Jalandhar when my elder brother Mr. C.L. Chumber (Chief Editor of Kaumi Udarian, Jalandhar) published the souvenir of Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia in 1985 and also during his publication monthly journal “Kaumi Udarian” Jalandhar.

Today I am very happy to read that you are visiting the website www.ambedkartimes.com and the President of Vigilant Brotherhood (International), Jalandhar. Many people have asked me the same question that you have asked me too. I am just stating this statement as Baba Sahib did. Again kindly refer to Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s own words: "My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side, I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual.......” Dhananjay Keer, Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission , Third Edition, 1971, Page 351). Kindly see also: “Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches Vol. 1 (Education Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, 1979)" Specially the Chapter on Communal Deadlock and a way to solve it. Thank you so much for visiting www.ambedkartimes.com. I am so happy that you read the website carefully and I respect your comments towards the site. Please send me the report and photos of Shri Guru Ravidas Gurpurb Celebration and please keep in touch. With regards,
Prem Kumar Chumber

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( June 17, 2008 )

Vesak Greetings:

I extend heartily greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti.

With regards and all the best wishes.

(Ramesh Chander)

Consul General of India EDINBURGH ( Scotland ) UK

(Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com May 20, 2008



Dear Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber Ji,

Jai Bheem! Namo Buddha!!

I am glad to see www.ambedkartimes.org in Punjabi. This is another milestone of success. I think that it will be more popular than English website. Now voice of www.ambedkartimes.com and www.ambedkartimes.org will go through out the whole Punjab and in every part of the world where Punjabi people live.
I congratulate you and all the readers, writers, visitors and supporters on this auspicious occasion.

Yours in Mission
Harmesh Jassal, (Founder & President)
Dr. Ambedkar Weaker Section Welfare Society

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (June 19, 2008)



Dear Editor,

I am watching www.ambedkartimes.com right from the beginning and it is getting better and better day to day. Now it is in full swing and marching towards its destination without any fear. We all are with you. Well done once again.

Yours mission
Harmesh Jassal
(President of Dr. Ambedkar W.S.W.S, Jalandhar, Punjab)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com
(May 01
, 2008)

Bheem Patrika completed its 50 years

Congratulations to the Editor Mr. L. R. Balley for completing 50 years of Bheem Patrika and www.ambedkartimes.com wishes Bheem Patrika all the best in future.

Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor: www.ambedkartimes.com)

(Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com May 19, 2008 )

Excellent Website

Dear Editor, Once again I thank you for excellent website on Baba Saheb Ambedkar. I am regular subscriber of Bhim Patrika publising by Hon. L. R. Bally Saheb. Through Bhim Patrika, I came to know about the website. With regards!

V. K. Damle (Chhattisgarh , India)

(Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com May 19, 2008 )


Dear Sir Ji,

"Jai Bhim! Jai Bharat"

I am Rajiv Kumar teaching computer at Govt. Sen. Sec. School (Distt. Muktsar) Sir Ji I am going to start Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Welfare Society, to educate our Dalit Samaj. We already have 11 members. I am finding on internet about Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Welfare Society, because I want more knowledge to start this society. I find your address so just suggest me about this..........My contact number is +919855232660.

With Regard

Rajiv Farand

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (May 01 , 2008)

Editor’s response

Dear Rajiv Farand,

Jai Bhim! Jai Bharat!!

First of all thanks for visiting www.ambedkartimes.com. I am very happy to know that you are going to start Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Welfare Society and want to educate the society. I would suggest that you should contact to same nature societies in your nearest circle or you may contact to Mr. Harmesh Jassal (President of Dr. Ambedkar Weaker Section Society, Jalandhar ) and I will also talk to him if he can suggest/help you that will be great. Please keep in touch.


Prem Chumber

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (May 01 , 2008


Educate Agitate Organize

A little suggestion about your site  

Jai Bheem Ji,

Prem Ji your site is excellent and I appreciate the hard work and precious time you are paying for community. Prem Ji I have just one confusion that instead of educate agitate organize it is educate organize agitate. We have to organize first before agitating. Please have a close look and a little research then react if you feel that my point is valid. Rest all is excellent. Thanks and keep it up.


Munish ( 21 Apr 2008 )

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (April 22, 2008)


Educate Agitate Organize

Editor’s Response

Dear Munish Ji,

Jai Bhim!

Kindly refer to Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s own words: "My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side, I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual.......” Dhananjay Keer, Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission , Third Edition, 1971, Page 351). Kindly see also: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches Vol. 1 (Education Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, 1979,) Specially the Chapter on Communal Deadlock and a way to solve it.

Thank you so much for visiting www.ambedkartimes.com. I am so happy that you read the website carefully and I respect your comments towards the site. Please keep in touch.

With regards,

Prem Kumar Chumber

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (April 22, 2008)



Dear Editor,

Jai Bhim!

This is Jatinder from Jalandhar (Punjab) India and it’s my first time visiting to www.ambedkartimes.com. I really like this website and lots of knowledgeable articles.

Jatinder (Jalandhar)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (April 22, 2008)


Dear Jatinder,

Jai Bhim! Jai Bharat!!

Thank you so much for visiting www.ambedkartimes.com. I am glad that you like this website and please do tell more people about it. Keep visiting to www.ambedkartimes.com

With regards,

Prem Kumar Chumber

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com (April 22, 2008)


Dear Chumber brother,

I would like to thank Mr. D. R. Bhatti ( Toronto , Canada ) for his nice words and encouraging me for writing more. Remember and celebrate we must, but at the same time we should follow the path shown by our forefathers and work towards the empowerment of our people who had been the victims of caste prejudice. Until or unless we raise our voice in unison, nobody is going to listen and do something about it. For celebrations we turn up into thousands, when there is a need for showing the numbers against atrocities, we are all busy in our house hold work or engaged in somewhere else. The objective of my article was only to make these people aware of the current situation.

Once again thanks for the encouragement and correcting me as well.

With warmest regards,

Arun Kumar

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( March 18, 2008 )


Dear Chumber Ji,

The Article by Arun Kumar Ji, Shri Guru Ravidass as an Advocate of Human Rights is great job done by Mr. Arun Kumar, that is what is the need of hour, but we the followers of Guru Ravidass and Dr. Ambedkar only limit ourselves only to celebrate the anniversaries not taking any concrete steps to educate our community about the real teaching of Guru Ravidass Ji and Dr. Ambedkar. In one of Article written by Mr. Khushi Ram also points towards the same thing in which he wrote about Jesus  Christ saying to his disciples that they are calling him a lord and do not do what he says. Similarly we the followers of Shri Guru Ravidass Ji and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar we only that we are indebted to Guru Ravidass and Dr. Ambedkar what don't want to take the action toward educating the community.

I like the article by Mr. Arun Kumar please convey my regards to him and also request  your office and Mr. Arun Kumar  to check the spellings in the article( like Prey instead of Pray and idles instead of Idols) before being put on the web site. Any how on the whole he has been very successful in conveying the message. Keep it up Mr. Arun. Hope to see some more articles like this.

Thank you very much.

D. R. Bhatti ( Toronto, Canada)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( March 13, 2008 )


'Harbans Kaur Memorial Charitable Trust'

Dear Mr. Chumber Ji,
Jai Bheem,

I am Dr. Suresh Badhan from Jalandhar, Punjab and currently settled in Delhi . I am running a charitable trust in the memory of my mother. The name of the trust is 'Harbans Kaur Memorial Charitable Trust' and it is registered in Delhi since 1999. We are also working for the welfare of poor and weaker sections of the society. Each month a free medical camp is organised in different localities where free medicines are distributed to the poor and needy without any charges. Recently the free camp was organised in a slum cluster near 'Sarita Vihar' in South Delhi on 2nd March 2008 . Prominent doctors attended the camp and distributed free medicines to the patients. I am enclosing some of the photographs of the camp for the viewers. It is also requested that some donations may be sent to the trust in any form for the needy persons. The donations to the trust is exempted from income tax under section 80-G of the income tax and also the trust is registered with RBI and is authorized to receive donations from foreign land also. Chumber Ji once again thanks for helping the community through Ambedkar times.com.

Dr. Suresh Badhan ( Delhi )

Dear Editor Ji,

Namo Buddha! Jai Bheem!!

Your hard work is commendable and I can see people started realizing the value of having our media to share community activities. Mr. Sonu Ambedkar supporting ambedkartimes.com with a laptop is just the beginning. I am sure rest of the organizations and individuals will follow the lead. I appreciate Mr. Sonu Ambedkar for his support.

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada is always there to support you and your mission to serve our community. I can understand how much time you are dedicating to this common cause. I personally, and on behalf of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada appreciate your laborious efforts to keep up the great work.

In dhamma,
Raj Kumar Oshoraj (Vice President) Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada

Dear Mr. Oshoraj Ji,

Jai Bheem!

Yes, that was really generous of him to do that because the laptop is coming really handy and really helpful so I appreciate him for doing that for Ambedkartimes and I appreciate you for appreciating him. Thank You!

Prem Kumar Chumber (Editor) Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 28, 2008



I would like to invite you to the Caste Watch UK Office Inauguration event and release of a documentary "The Fifth Cup” to be held at the new CasteWatchUK office at Saturn Facilities, 101, Lock Hurst Lane , Coventry , CV6 5SF . The event will be held on 16th February 2008 . It will provide an opportunity for everyone connected with the cause to network with each other and to engage with the organisation so that all participants have an opportunity to discuss and raise issues to move the organisation forward. Please make every effort to attend and confirm your attendance so that adequate arrangements can be made.

Programme: 16:30 - 17.00 hrs Inauguration of CasteWatchUK office & reception17:00 - 19.00 hrs Release of documentary “The Fifth Cup” 19.00 - 21.00 hrs Dinner and networking at The Mercia Social Club

You can invite your friends to the evening functions. Please let me know who would attend the evening function so that seating and catering arrangements can be made.

Davinder Prasad General Secretary

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 14, 2008 )



Jai Bhim! Jai Bharat!!

Jaspreet Dehar

I want to wish all the Sat Sangat a very happy Gurpurb. I would like to courage all the community members to gather at the Nagar Kirtan in Rio Linda, California on March 9th, 2008 . It is one of the only events that our community has every year and the Sat Sangat makes it festive. This event brings out our community and gives others a view of who we are as people and brings out our history. I also encourage the parents to bring their children to this event and I believe the youth must become involved in the community and we must all not forget our roots and where we came from. Guru Ravidas Maharaja came to this planet and changed the course of Indian history. His philosophy and teachings make a great deal of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. He influenced many leaders of our community and March 9th is the day we can all gather to celebrate his Happy Gurpurb.

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 14, 2008 )



Dear Dhamma friend Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber, How are you today? I hoping that you are in spirit and good health with all of your company in states. Perhaps, its my first time to send  this message to you about the Holy Magha Puja  2nd  time will be celebrating in our monastery in Toronto, I belief that you will be publish this information in your web site. Thanks for your attention.

Yours in the Dhamma

Ven. Gayanosri Bhikkhu

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( February 14, 2008 )



I Dev Bhatti congratulate the Nation & salute to a great freedom fighter, revolutionist & the founder of Ad Dharm Mandal Punjab Baba Ji, Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia on his 123 rd birth anniversary. Mr. Chumber you are doing a great job & please keep it up.


Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008 )


Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha Burlington
Celebrating Mugowalia’s Birth Anniversary on February 2 nd, 2008

Toronto : Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Burlington ( Toronto ), Canada pleasure to announce that Ghadri Baba Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia’s 123 rd birth anniversary will be celebrating at Shri Guru Ravidas Temple Burlington at 11:00 on February 2nd, 2008 . All are cordially invited to join the celebrations and to pay your respects to the founder of Ad-Dharm movement of Punjab , India .

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008 )


  Congratulations to Dr. Ronki Ram

I read website www.ambedkartimes.com. Really I appreciate & congratulate to Mr. Chumber for his excellence service to our community through his website. I think that is very good source to bring close to each other to our community members. We can know what our community activities are worldwide. For this I want request to all our societies like Shri Guru Ravi Dass, Dr. Ambedkar, Guru Valmik, Lord Buddha & all other related organisations to send continue their more & more activities reports. Finally I can’t close these lines without congratulate to Honorable Dr. Ronki Ram for his excellent articles & also seminar reports.

With regards,
Harish Attar
( Ohio, USA)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008)


Padam Shree Award to Prof.SK Thorat and Mr. Hans Raj Hans

Congratulations both of you, Prof. SK Thorat and Mr. Hans Raj Hans for this prestigious award conferred on you for your services to the Indian society.  You are pride of our community. Many people will get inspiration from you and work towards the empowerment of the downtrodden. Your achievements in the society have broken the myth of merit advocated by some of the academicians and business community. You have proved that until or unless opportunity is given, nobody is able to prove his/her talent.

Once again congratulations and wish you all success in future.

With warm regards,
Arun Kumar (UK)  

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 31, 2008)  



Jai Birdi

We will be observing India’s republic day on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the Dr. Ambedkar Library in Burnaby (Canada).  The ceremony is at 1 pm.  In addition to observing the republic day, we will also be observing birthdays of:
1. Ms. Mayawati (Chief Minister of U P)
2. Ghadri Baba Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 25, 2008)




On behalf of Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada, congratulations to all Indians around the world on Republic Day of India. It is great day for all of us and especially to remember the Chairman of Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. The constitution of India was not drafted only for the followers of Baba Sahib; it is also for the country India which provides its citizens: Justice, Liberty and Equality.

We, Indians, wherever we are on this day, we must remember Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and appreciate his contribution for our country: India . Once again congratulations to all on Republic Day of India 2008.

Raj Kumar Oshoraj (Vice President Indian Buddhist Society Toronto , Canada )

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 26, 2008)



I Des Raj Bangar, On behalf of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha of Fresno, California like to congratulate to the Editor and all the readers and writers of www.ambedkartimes.com on the birth anniversary of Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia the great revolutionary, freedom fighter and founder of Ad Dharm Movement Punjab.

Des Raj Bangar
(Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Fresno (CV) California )

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 25, 2008)



I Anand Balley, On behalf of Ambedkar Mission Toronto would like to congratulate to the Nation on the birth anniversary of Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia the great revolutionary, freedom fighter and founder of Ad Dharm Movement Punjab. Ambedkar Mission Toronto will be Remerging Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia the great revolutionary on January 27, 2008.

In Mission
Anand Balley
Ambedkar Mission Toronto (Canada)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 25, 2008)


Buddhist Sunday school and Dhamma Class

Dear Devotee and supporter of the Indian Buddhist Temple Toronto. We would like to inform all of you that from this coming Sunday 27th of January 2008, in Indian Buddhist Temple (Established under Ambedkar Mission Toronto Dhamma class will start at 1pm to 3pm. So we are requesting all of you. Please you and your kid’s participation this Dhamma class projects.

Why the Dhamma school so important & how can its help once improvement in their life? Meaning of the Dhamma or virtue “ Lit” and object of mind may be anything past, present or future, corporeal or mental conditioned or not real and imaginary. As we human being we usually need for live foods, cloths, medicine, education, house, money etc. But if there those thing a man had but whom he haven’t any morality in his own life than he not call a noble person in the society or civilize man, because the virtue are give us a right direction in life and its acknowledge to a man how he share kind, sympathy or behave and respect to others. Some people are claim that we are not Buddhist, so why we follow the Buddha or his doctrine? I have to clear here that the meaning of Buddha is wisdom and His noble doctrine are the Law of nature and reality. You no need to become a Buddhist to practice His teaching, when you will see the Dhamma than you will see The Buddha and find your own salvation.

Yours in the Dhamma

Ven. Gayanosri Bhikkhu

Abbot Indian Buddhist Temple Toronto
(Established Under Ambedkar Mission Toronto 850-49 Tapscott Rd. Scarborough Ont.)

Posted on January 10, 2008



Cordially Invites, Members, Supporters, Families and Friends for the Celebration of the Republic Day of India Celebration. Republic Day is India’s important national event celebrated on January 26th every year. On this day in 1950 the Constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state.

On Sunday 27th January 2008 Time 1-00pm to 4-00pmAt Buddha Vihara, Upper Zoar Street, Pennfields, Wolverhampton. Should any member or supporter require the services of a driver, to attend on the day please contact Mr. Tarsem Kaul on 07800815296 *Speeches and Poetry from Devotees* Food will be served 12 noon onwards.

Further information please contact:
Mrs. Kamla Chumber (General Secretary) 07817483471

Posted on January 10, 2008



Jai Bhim!

I like to suggest that your website is very popular and if you want to give Punjabi/Hindi version of news then you should use your own website name Ambedkartimes.com. Everyone knows your website and you have work very hard to establish your name. Please do not use any other name for news. Thank you.

H. Lal   Jalandhar (Punjab)

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 25, 2008)



Jai Bheem Namo Buddhai!

We wish all of you on the New Dawn of Year 2008. May this year bring peace, happiness, and prosperity in your life.

Harmesh Jassal
(President: Dr. Ambedkar Weaker Section Welfare Society
Punjab )

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 18, 2008)


Greetings from Palace city Mysore  

Jai Bheem!  

I read a message about BAMCEF posted by you on cyber Bahujans. I have also visited the linked www.ambedkartimes.com website and am very proud of your work. I come from a small family of rulers of a small principality (Subha) in old Mysore state presently Karnataka. Our origin is humble but highly successful in this part of the country ours is an Ambedkar loyalist family. Our family is fully committed to the Bahujan movement.  

Madhukar G A ( Palace City Mysore , Bangalore

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 18, 2008)


Bheem Patrika online

Jai Bheem,

We are happy with your efforts and work. Your website ambedkartimes.com is super and very popular in India. I belong to Hoshiarpur and the regular reader of Bheem Patrika. We have a small request that we want Bheem Patrika online on your website. So that Bheem Patrika as well as ambedkartimes.com becomes more popular across all over the world.

Jasdeep Singh (Hoshiarpur)  

Posted on www.ambedkartimes.com ( January 18, 2008)



The Koregaon Victory and Savitri Bai Phule's birthday


Jai Bhim!

On account of independent Phule-Ambedkarite students' group named as In Remembrance in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi determines to promote Phule-Ambedkarite ideology among our youth-students to promote them to work in the way of this ideology. Many programmes in series are planned for this year like to celebrate the birthdays of Bahujan ancestors, organizing seminars, campaigning, magazine launching, and releasing pamphlets at respective occasions in remembrance of our ancestors like Rastrapita Jyotirao Phule, Sahuji Maharaj, Peryiar Ramaswamy, Savitribai Phule , Jhalkaribai, Udabai, Buddha Gautama, Satguru Kabir, Guru Ravidass, Guru Nanak, Narayana Guru, and Sahib Kanshi Ram etc.

We expect that through your website you will give courage to us for fulfilling this noble cause, and time to time we also expect your guidelines as morale to us. Recently, from the beginning of New Year we have distributed 1000 copies of each pamphlet all over the hostels of JNU regarding the Koregaon Victory and Savitri Bai Phule's birthday. In response of it, we have got many praising emails and verbal voices.

Here I have a humble request for you; I hope you'll boost us by fulfilling it. As we feel that Bahujan Ancestors' efforts and contributions are being sidelined and shadowed in Indian History should be campaigned at larger level to save the great thoughts, deeds, and philosophy of our ancestors. Among them one is Krantijyoti Savitri Bai Phule who is the real emancipator of Bahujan women. Her birthday on 3rd Jan we call as Women Respect Day. We request you to publish the attached pamphlet of Savitri Bai Phule's birthday in your website space if it does not hurt in anyway to you. By this way, many people could be benefited by reading this. Hope your positive response!

With Regards

In Remembrance Team
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-67

Posted on January 10, 2008

Bheem Patrika online

I came to know your website from Bheem Patrika. You have done a great job by establishing a website namely ambedkartimes.com. You are doing rendering very commendable service, kindly continue it. If Bheem Patrika is brought on online, it will be more useful all over the world.

Siddhartha Bhardwaj

Posted on january 10, 2008

Report of Solapur Dhamma Yatra

The duty and responsibility of the society

The Solapur District Maharashtra Dhamma Yatra started from 1st Nov. 2007. Upasika Surekha Salve, age-18 yrs accompanied the Yatra for all 9 days. Lalit Babar and his associates Vandana Sonawle and Vanraj Kamble gave moral support as well as guidence as they are from Solapur District and well aware of the geographical area. We visited 13 villages Sangola Taluka, Mangalvedha Taluka, Malshiras Taluka, Madha Taluka, Pandharpur Taluka, Mohol Taluka and Solapur City in 9 days. The villages covered are Kolegaon and Hatid from Sangola Taluka, Dongargaon and Sonand from Sangola Taluka, Dahivali and Andhalgaon from Mangalveda Taluka, Vedapur, Malinagar and Akluge from Malshiras Taluka, Gadegaon and Karadnaka from Pandharpur Taluka, 2 programms at Ekta Nagar from Madha Taluka, Siddharth Nagar from Mohol Taluka and Ramapati Chowk in Solapur City.

Most of women in the villages said that they will come out of superstition when they knew the consequences and reality of their worshipping Gods and also the truthfulness and good life which can be gained by Dhamma.

Approximately a group of 75 young boys and girls showed their interest to gain knowledge of Dhamma and paid arttention to the Dhamma Desasa organised in their respective villages. A group of 20 young boys from Maddha Taluka asked for Dhamma (Shramner Shibir) and promised to make arrangements in the month of May 2008 (tentative dates 10th May-15th May). 4 small girls and a boy named Mahesh Kamble from Malinagar; Malshiras Taluka accompanied the Dhamma Yatra to another village where as Mahesh continued with the Yatra till the end. Almost all the children and student promised to continue and go for higher studies as they got to know the importance of education in their life.

Now it is the duty and responsibility of the society to take this young group to Dhamma and guide them in future. They are looking forward towards Dhamma work which can show them the right path. I hope all who are recieving this mail can give their suggestions as how to bring them permanantly in the mainstream of Dhamma and make their future as well as the future of the society, bright.

With Maitri
Bhante Suniti (09324067233), ATTA DEEPA BHAVA

Posted on Novemeber 26, 2007

Dr. Ambedkar's speech on your website

I am a teacher in Canada. I found your website on-line and used the following article with my students. We found it very interesting. It is an eloquent summary of parliamentary democracy, put into a modern context. Before showing it to my students, I made some changes to the spelling and grammar. The English is now correct, without any major errors. I thought that I would share these changes with you, so that (if you wished) you could post this edited version of Dr. Ambedkar's speech on your website.

Paul Allinger, Langley, B.C., Canada

Posted on Novemeber 26, 2007

The website has undergone dramatic change


First and foremost I would like to wish yourself and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I have been recently reading various articles that are posted on your new and developed web page. I would like to comment, and must say, that the website has undergone dramatic change both in appearance and focus. It is not only more user friendly, but also entails greater detail which is indeed more appealing to the
general public. Your gesture to further educate and commitment to the justification of underserved communites has earned much deserved respect amongst many of my colleagues. Please continue the good work. Happy Holidays,

Dr. Manish Lal Bolina S/O Mr. Kewal Krishan Bolina (President, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Sacramento)

Posted on Novemeber 26, 2007

Website dekhke bahut hi khushi hoyee

Aj hi online paper ambedkartimes check karan da mouka miliya.Website dekhke bahut hi khushi hoyee ke saade bhai-chare ne ithe USA wich kinni tarakki kiti hai. Shri guru ravidass Maharaj de janam utsav de nagar kirtan diyan picturs dekh ke ruh gad gad ho uthi. Tuhanu sari team nu jo ral mil ke itna vadha hambla maar rehe, tuhanu sariyan nu bahutt bahut vadai. Mai Satgur Maharaj Ravidas ji aggae ardas kardan han, saadi koum nu ikathe hon da bal bakhse.

Thank you all for this site

G.S. Jangi
Montreal, Canada


Jai Bheem!
I am a regular subscriber of Bhim Patrika-Hindi Journal published by Hon. L.R. Balley Sahab.Through the Journal Bhim Patrika I am able to know about the website www.ambedkartimes.com. I visited the website and found it useful. Congratulations once again, on the occasion of 51st Dhamma Diksha Day.
With best wishes,

Shyam Lal, Station Engineer,
All India Radio, Betul, M.P. India


Jai Bheem! I am a regular subscriber of Bhim Patrika-Hindi Journal published by Hon. L.R. Balley Sahab.Through the Journal Bhim Patrika I am able to know about the website www.ambedkartimes.com.I visited the website and found it useful.

With best wishes
Nagarjuna, Chhattisgarh, India.

Posted on Oct. 21, 2007


Really I appreciate you are a great person in the society, the day first we met i was thinking about you that how you will be successful in your whole life. But after that I always read your editorial/articles in the News Papers and realize that you have very knowledgeable stuff in there.

As you started this online paper i think it’s a big step for you and for all of us. Congratulations once again.

Paramjeet Singh Jammu

Posted on Oct. 17, 2007

Thoughts of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar on India's National Security


I am Reader at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies University of Pune (India) and Coordinator of University Grants Commission sponsored Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar studies Centre University of Pune.

I have done Ph.D on “Thoughts of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on India's National Security". Recently I have published my thesis in Book form by Kilaso Publication New Delhi and released by Hon'ble Sukdeo Thorat Chairman University Grants commission New Delhi. This book recently won Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar literary award 2005 from Dr. Ambedkar International Mission Canada I would like to publish some article from this book in your website. I will be happy to send positive reply to me. Thanking you

Yours Sincerely
Dr. Vijay Khare

Posted on October 03, 2007


Jai Bhim!
Congratulations on the 1st Anniversary of ambedkartimes.com! Thank you for creating this informative website. It is a very noble deed for our community. For a successful year, this website has helped us be more aware of community events, cultural gatherings, and occurrences of the Indian society from every corner of the world. Your site has also given me knowledge about Dr. Ambedkar's devotions to our community. Keep up the great work.

Sunil Kazla
S/O Tavinder Kazla
Sacramento, California

Posted on September 30, 2007



Dear Prem Chumber,

Congratulations on completion of successful one year of Ambedkartimes. Keep up the torch and continue your journey. Many of us will follow and may many more join in future for the upliftment of our community.

S.V. Anbazhagan

Posted on September 19, 2007

We're Vancouverites with you

Jai Guru Dev! Jai Bheem!!
Brother Prem Chumber, many congratulations to you on one year completion of www.ambedkartimes.com. It's your great favor, humbleness and dedication for the Dalit World. In my point of view you're the true follower of Shri Guru Ravidass Ji and Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar that you're doing good job for the community without any personal profit. We're Vancouverites with you. I wish you all the best and appreciate your work for the community. Please keeps it up

Param Kainth
Vancouver, Canada.

Posted on September 16, 2007


Many congratulations on completing successfully first year of www.ambedkartimes.com. We are so proud of you that you are successfully running a website. That’s very good; you dedicated this website to our great savior Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in the memory of Ghadri Baba Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia. We wish you all the best and keep up the good work. Once again we are so proud of you.

Balwinder Raj Badhan
Jabalpur (MP) India

Posted on September 15, 2007


We the sangat and sewadars were just admiring Dr. Ronki Ram’s work on www.ambedkartimes.com and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his many achievements and successes. We are here in Canada with ‘Shiri 108 Sant Niranjan Dass Ji & Sant Rama Nand Ji’ on tour; Maharaj Ji sends him their divine blessings on behalf of the whole Sangat and Dera Sach Khand Ballan. Maharaj Ji will be going to ‘Shri Guru Ravidass Temple, Toronto’ on the 23rd September 2007 to inaugurate this fine Temple.

Myself, Sanjeev Chauhan, Sh. Nirmal Chander (108 Sant Sarwan Dass Charitable Trust U.K), Biker Chauhan and Charlene Simon (a lady from France who is studying for a PhD.) are also accompanying Maharaj Ji on their tour to Canada.

Best Regards,
Sanjeev Chauhan

Posted on September 15, 2007

Opinions: “ambedkartimes.com and the So-called Upper Castes”.


I just read your following note. It is great response to protect and keep Dalits and Dalit sympathetic readers focus on Baba Sahib's philosophy. Let those come and join who believe in annihilation of caste system and social equality regardless of their background, religion and faith. I don't think we will find very many volunteers from Brahmanism to support Baba Sahib's struggle for liberty, equality and upliftment of human beings/dalits.

Raj Kumar Oshoraj
Toronto (Canada)

Posted on September 15, 2007

Political Philosophy of Kanshi Ram and Dalit Movement'

Dear Mr. Chumber,

I am regularly visiting the web: ambedkartimes.com and I am very much proud of the job you are doing from far away of India. I am very much fond of Kanshi Ram and Mayawati. I want to tell you that I am a writer in my mother tongue and recently I have written an elaborate article on ' Political Philosophy of Kanshi Ram and Dalit Movement' which is published in a Bengali magazine named Chaturtha Dunia. Let me bridge
my friendship with you. You may kindly visit web: dalitmirror.com I am herewith sending a small report of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha for your website please.

Manohar Mouli Biswas
Kolkata (West Bengal) India

Posted on September 12, 2007

Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee visiting Toronto (Canada)

Members of Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Committee of Great Britain will be visiting Canada from 20th to 24th September 2007. Mr. Raj Paul president, Mr. Ram Parkash Jakhu treasurer and Mr. Darshan Ram Jassal executive member, will be meeting the followers and supporters of Dr. Ambedkar Mission Toronto for the purpose of development of the Dr. Ambedkar BuddhistResource Centre Punjab.

For more info please contact: 416 609 8953, 416 578 0000 Anand Balley

Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha of Kolkata (West Bengal)
Arranged its 13th Chuni Kotal Memorial Lecture

Report by: Manohar Mouli Biswas

The Thirteenth Chuni Kotal Memorial Lecture Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha of Kolkata arranged its thirteenth Chuni Kotal Memorial Lecture in the afternoon of August 9, 2007 in the premises of Janaki Sundari Vidyalaya, Dum Dum Cantonment, Kolkata 700065. Chuni Kotal was a Lodha Tribal Community Girl of Medinipure district. She committed suicide on August 16, 1993 while she was an M.Sc student in Vidyasagar University. What happened to her, she had been fighting with the poverty on the one hand and on the other hand she had been suffering from the caste hatred. In the classroom some of her teacher number of times said to her, ‘You the tribal of this soil get well-salaried jobs without higher qualification, then why you have come for M.Sc.?’ She was mentally hurt.And for getting remedy she complained to the V-C against the said professor. Then she was under the tremendous mental pressure to withdraw the complaint. Mentally she could not sustain and ultimately committed suicide.

Symbolically her death has been accepted by the Dalits of West Bengal to protest against the caste-hatred. This year the topic of memorial lecture was about: ‘Paschim Bange Dalit Banchanar Swarup ebong Pratikar Andolon’. Dr. Birat Bairagya and Mr. Arun Maji were invited for the memorial lecture. Both of them are having lot of experiences and discussed the exploitations of dalits in West Bengal in details and the different sorts of their remedial movemements. Dr. Bikram Sarkar, IAS (Retd) was in the chair of chief guest. He elaborated the ways and means of suppression and oppression upon the dalits. Mr. Nakul Mallick has presided over the meeting. The preparatory lecture was given by Manohar Mouli Biswas, the General Secretary of Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha who had told to the house why this type of memorial lecture has been arranged for last twelve years. There were a good number of the people present in the meeting. A book of grammar of Oraon tribal language was released in the function by Dr. Bikram Sarkar and the author of the book is Mr. Ramesh Bhagat, a tribal write of Oraon community.

The meeting was ended with a small drama on Chuni Kotal and in the drama Mr Pran Gobinda Biswas, Mr.Ranendralal Poddar etc. took part. Prior to it a Kavi-Sammelan was arranged where Kavi.Shashi Bhusan Poddar, Kavi A. N. Halder, Kavi Manju Bala, Kavi Kalyani Thakur, Kavi Sukanta Mandal, Kavi Ashutosh Biswas, Kavi Debdas Majumdar etc participated.

Posted on September 12, 2007

Representing our community

Brother Prem Chumber,

You are doing hard work to representing our community in the world. Thanks and best wishes.

Param Kainth
Vancouver (Canada)

Article by upper Castes

Dear Editor,

Do you publish articles in your site written by upper castes also?

Dr.Vivek Kumar, Asstt. Professor
Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110 06


This is Sucha Ram's son, I am sure that you know my father. You're website is a great contribution to the online world. It shows the current leaders of today and how they are working towards making a better future for the next generation. I would request that we look at the current young leaders in our community that are the stars of tomorrow. This list could include athletes, political leaders, or students that are working hard to bring prosperity to our community. I believe education that will help our community compete with the others and will help complete Dr. Ambedkar's dream. Although we have come to United State of America and have been educated, let us not forget our brothers and sisters in India. I hope start trusts and foundations that we can bring help to these individuals become educated. The education is a tool that will break the chains of Indian Society; business looks at the degrees one hold and their education. Resumes do not ask for Castes; please encourage our leaders to push forth this movement. Thanks for working so hard on this website and keep up the great work. I wish you all the best and the staff. With best regards.

Jaspreet Dehar

Posted on Sept. 5th, 2007 (07:04 AM)


Dear Prem Kumar Chumber,

Thanks for posting my report on California Visit and notes on 'Ambedkartimes.com' one year copletition. Pictures look great. I can tell now that you have the touch of professionalism that pulls readers attention. All pictures of California Visit are great.

R.K. Oshoraj

POSTED ON September 4, 2007


Dear Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber,

I would like to congratulate on behalf of the Shri Guru Ravidass Temple and the Sacramento Community for your First Year Anniversary of Ambedkartimes.com. You have showed great determination and hard work for keeping the web site up to date and filled with very valuable information. Your time and effort has not gone unnoticed in the Community and has been a excellent resource for all. The website site has shown great success and complements your professionalism to journalism and your dedication to your beliefs.

Many have said great things about www.ambedkartimes.com and it has been my pleasure to say that I personally know you and how much of an excellent addition you are for the voice of our Community. You have set a excellent example on how to establish a voice for our Community and I believe many more will follow.

Thank you for enabling our Community another voice in the digital arena and providing the inspiration for others.

Best wishes for many years to come,

Kewal Krishan Bolina
Shri Guru Ravidass Temple,
Rio Linda, California (USA)

Posted on Sept. 4th, 2007


This is Love deep Jhamat, or as u would know me, Dharam Paul Jhamat's oldest son. I really like your site because it shows us how the great B.R. Ambedkar has helped our whole community by showing us the way to overcome huge obstacles. It also teaches many of us kids who have spent our whole lives in America about who we are and what we can do if we try. I just have one request for u uncle Ji and that is if u could post the wedding pictures of Balvir Boparai on your site again, so we could see them again.


Posted on Sept. 4th, 2007

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, congratulates

Ambedkartimes.com on successful completion of first year of website
Ambedkartimes.com website is connecting our community globally.

Personally, I was able to read more about our great scholar, writer, political thinker and great personality Dr. Ronki Ram’s very impressive articles based on his unique and intensive research.

A website must have lots of required user friendly features like easy search function, new and easy to read online content, changed color of visited links, acceptable font size for most of the users, page titles for easy navigation, no pop up information that interrupts readers, answer to users’ questions, pictures and graphs for self explanation of information, being aware about users requirements, providing credible content and well organized content to sustain current readers and invite new to the site.

All above features are evident in Ambedkartimes.com that makes this site more frequently visited site for our new community activities and for important information.

We had the pleasure to share our activities with viewers of this site across the globe that had us motivated to continue our mission and to keep each and everyone informed.

If we were to suggest anything for this site; we would suggest that Mr. Chumber must keep his site updated with new and credible content.

All articles and information should be checked for its authentication. Information received should be verified prior to posting on the site. An improved quality of pictures will impress viewers and keep them bringing back. Also, continue inviting suggestions on an on going basis for the site.

Finally, we commend Mr. Prem Kumar Clumber’s laborious work, dedication and commitment that are making it happen for all of us.

His committed dedication to host the site is highly appreciated and we wish him great success, good health and good luck for future.

May Lord Buddha shower him with happiness, peace and prosperity!

Raj Kumar Oshoraj
Vice President
Indian Buddhist Society Toronto (Canada)


Azad Jalandhary

Congratulates to ambedkartimes.com on its very first anniversary

Dear Shri Chumber Sahib,

I hereby send my heartiest congratulations on one year completion of your Ambedkartimes.com. You have diploma in journalism and also happen to be the editor of Kaumi Udarian Jalandhar and some other local news and magazine. I am glad that you have dedicated this web-site to Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in the memory of Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia as well as Bhagwan Valmiki Ji, Shri Guru Ravi Dass Ji, Sat Guru Kabir Sahib Ji and Sat Guru Baba Nam Dev Ji.

You have done remarkable job by publishing supplements on Gurpurb of Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji, Shri Guru Ravi Dass Ji and also about Ghadri Baba Babu Mangu Ram Mugowalia Ji (A founder of Ad-Dharm Mandal Punjab). Please continue this great work. I am sure that one day the community will definitely appreciate you & your work to make this web-site. I wish you a great success.

With best wishes,

Azad Jalandhary
Shiromani Kavi

(California, USA)


Ambedkar Mission Toronto (Canada)

Congratulates to ambedkartimes.com

I would like to congratulate Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber, editor of ambedkartimes.com for putting together an excellent website where we all can network. His dedication to this website is stupendous and in the end producing a website we are proud of him.

Mr.Chumber is doing our whole community a favor by hosting this website. He is a very charismatic and dedicated person who is leading our community into the modern world and the future. He is also selfless and does this for the community, not for himself and he is a perfect example for our community.

I believe that to better ourselves, we have to look deep within us and find out who we are. We can try to be like someone but we can not and this is why to better ourselves we should look for the answers in our past and present so we can change the future of our community and make the leaders of tomorrow even better. He began the process to changing our community for the better and we should all take part and help change our community for the better.

Mr. Chumber, all the best with your website and all the services it offers and keep up the superb work you have done! Once again we wish you all the best and we will support you whenever needed.


Anand Balley
Ambedkar Mission (Toronto)



India’s 60th Independence Day The float of Baba Sahib Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the first of its kind in the world history, Dr. Ambedkar was architect of Indian Constitution and Social Reformer. As followers of Dr. Ambedkar we are very happy and proud of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha (New York).

May the ones are blessed who devoted their time and financial support at this event. Baba sahib is well known patriot Personality in American History. By doing this kind of events will highlight Baba Sahib in today’s American Eyes.

As once said, we are very thank full for such originations those who, put their intensive time and efforts to keep our Saviour Baba Sahib Ambedkar.

Mission alive. Ambedkar Mission (Toronto) extends their support to Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha to do more and more historic events.
In appreciation we would like to thank the www.ambedkartimes.com (Prem Chumber) for keeping us updated.

In the Mission,

Anand Balley
(General Secretary)
Ambedkar Mission. (Toronto, Canada)



Dear Mr.Chumber,

I am contacting you on behalf of Organization for Minorities of India. We are sponsoring an event which will occur at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in which retired Army Colonel GB Singh will speak about Gandhi's blatant racism toward dark-skinned peoples, exposing the myth behind the popular view of Gandhi; a myth so well preserved that the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta contains a statue of the racist-minded Mohandas Gandhi. We believe that this will be an informative event not only for African Americans but for Dalits as well.

If you know of a way to inform any Dalits living in the Atlanta area about this event your forwarding of this information to them or letting us know how to do this would be very much appreciated!

About Col. Singh - Col. G.B. Singh is a retired U.S. Army medical officer. He has been stationed in many parts of the world, including twice in South Korea. He is also a professional student of Indian politics, Hinduism, and the life and teachings of Gandhi. His latest book, "Gandhi: Behind the Mask of Divinity" (Prometheus Books, 2004), explores little known facets of Gandhi's life, placing particular focus on his many years in South Africa.

About OFMI - The Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI) was created to educate people about the history and current role of the major religious and cultural Indian minorities, which include Buddhists, Christians, Dalits, Muslims, and Sikhs. Our goal is also to encourage dialogue and understanding between Indian and non-Indian minorities.


About the event: The event will be held at the martin Luther King Jr. Center on Sunday, August 26th from 2pm-5pm. Everyone that is available to attend is welcome.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

Zach Fuller



Our special thanks to Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha New York and to all Punjabis who took first historic step to highlight Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in India's 60th Independence Day Parade in New York.

NRI Punjabis have played a lead role in spreading and promoting Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's mission around the world for over fifty years. They have always offered their services and finances voluntarily for the community support.

I must mention here that the main organizers and financers of Baba Sahib's float were our Punjabi brothers and sisters of New York along with other Indians. We extend our support from around the world to encourage them to do more such historic events.

We are proud of our community members who dedicate their time and money to spread Baba Sahib's Mission of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Today, we are proud of all who organized Baba Sahib's float for the parade. Our special thanks to Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha and all Punjabi brothers and sisters for their support and financial help that made it happen.

Also, we appreciate AMBEDKARTIMES.COM for posting beautiful pictures of the float.

Yours, In mission,
Raj Kumar Oshoraj
Indian Buddhist Society Toronto, Canada



I chanced to hit the website-found it a veritable treasure of much needed background info on the historic travails & triumphs of the community. Recently had read Dr Ronki Ram's article in Tehelka on Dera sacha Sauda-it was indeed revealing for its Dalit Dimensions Dr Ram's article on Ad Dharm Movement on the site is of encyclopedic reference It is really gracious & thoughtful of u to report the passing away of Judge I D Pawar , a veteran of the community Hope the high quality of material on the site wd be scrupulously maintained. All the best wishes,

Baal Anand



I would like all of you to join me to commend an honest and hard working personality of our community who is known by all of you for the past years and I am sure you will all agree about his dedicated hard work.

He is one and the only Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber, Editor, Ambedkartimes.com.

Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber is doing a commendable job by hosting Ambedkartimes.com website with a great dedication. He is an example of integrity, honesty and loyalty. We must learn a lesson from him to serve our community without any personal benefits.

Our community certainly can benefit by having such personalities who are honest and dedicated, however, there are some people who pretend to be the community workers and expect money in return of their services. Some of them think, after a while, community will forget about their false promises and they can come and try to get more money without explaining what they have done with the money they took years and years ago. They call themselves to be working in the service of the community but in actual, they are surviving on the pity of their own community.

How our community is surviving; it is because of the people who are quite the opposite and Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber is one of them. He spends his own money, time and efforts to serve the community. He works very hard days in and days out without any personal benefit and without the expectations of any financial help of others.

I personally assure you and also I think I can take the liberty on behalf of all those people who have used your website services over the years without any cost, all will stand by you if you ever needed any support.Mr. Prem Kumar Chumber, all the best for your community services and keep up the good work.

May Lord Buddha bless him with peace and good health!

Raj Kumar Oshoraj
Vice President,
Indian Buddhist Society, Toronto (Canada)


www.ambedkaritmes.com appreciates Mr. R. K. Oshoraj's kind words about the website and the editor. We will definately do best with having support from our valuable viewrs.Once again thanks to Mr. R.K. Oshoraj



Jai bhim!

It was nice talking with you! Needless to say, you have done an excellent job by putting up www.ambedkartimes.com It is hightime to start social networking at mass scale. Internet has been a great boon to dalit movement and now Dalit NRIs,Intellects and Students are in touch with eachother. I have been involved in social networking with fellow ambedkarites since 2004. When I was in second year of my undergraduation in IIT Kharagpur, i was quite excited to see yahoogroups like : dalits-international, BudhistCircle, apnaIIT etc. After graduation,in 2006 I got recruited by Danieli (www.danieli.com) and started working as a Purchasing Engineer in Danieli Headquarters,Buttrio,Italy.

In last few years, I made some effort to strengthen our media.I believe that unless we wont have an alternative media,it wont be possible to achieve social and economic equality. We have yahoo and google groups, websites and now its time to have TV channels, movies , magazines, rock bands... Presently I am writing a book : 'Dalits and Media' and previously i had made some videos and composed few songs against caste and racial discrimination.I would like to team up with those who are interested in making short movies and documentaries for social cause.

Saurav Arya
Mob -+39 3346140628


Jai Bheem! Website looks great and very professional, as you know Papaji left for India July 8th. I have asked him to put bussiness size add in hindi and punjabi in Bheem Patrika so more people will know about the website. Behalf of our family we would like to thank you for all the coverage. Please let me know if i could be of any assitance.

Anand Balley


Jai Bheem! I realy like the new face of website. Just keep it up. We all the followers of Baba Sahib very proud of yours hard work. Once again thank you so much.

Des Raj Bangar


I am very pleased to say and appreciate on your hard work for the propagation and spreading of Baba Saheb's mission. All your works and presentation is excellent. However, recent changes seems bit confused and couldn't see the new immidiately as does before. Therefore, I would like you suggest, would you make it easy as before? Which will be very beneficial to all.

Wish you all the best...
Ven. Sujan

I got affectionate treatment, respect, and patronage from all our well-wishers during my visit to Canada Sabha Toronto, Ambedkar Mission (Toronto) and Ambedkartimes.com for their warm welcome and successful Ambedkar Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti, Sant Shiromani Satguru Kabir Sahib Commemorated Celebration. during the months of May and June 2007. I would like to thank Sri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Ontario, Bhagwan Maharishi Valmik

In particular, Messrs Kashmira Singh, Jagiri Bance, Prem Chumber (Editor www.ambedkartimes.com), Malkiet Heer, Ramesh Dhanda, Banta Ram Jakhu, Raj Heer, Jaswant Sandhu, Sukhdev Thapar, Ashok Sandhu, Charan Dass Leer, Gain Kura, Mohinder Sallan, Rakesh Sallan, Harmesh Sandhi, Sunil Raju, and their families and Ven. Gyanosri of Indian Buddhist Temple .Ven.Ratna Sri of Toronto Mahavihar (Sri Lanka) Buddha’s Light International Association.

In my absence, there have been lot of atrocities on the Scheduled Caste (Dalits) and they have been criminally assaulted, once again in Talhan, Nurmahal and many other places. Therefore, for the protection, guidance of the poor particularly the Dalits, we need your moral and financial assistance, not for any individual, but for the organization which are in the field and working very honestly and efficiently.

I thank all of them and assure them that I will, as always, prove to the mark for the confidence reposed in me.

Yours in the mission



Thank you very much for posting the Buddhist Celebration for Canada & World Peace 2007 news on www.ambedkartimes.com website. I highly appreciate your efforts. Keep this good work up.

Thanks again!

Malkiat Heer


Thank you so much for talking to me today. I am the person Deep from Fresno that spoke to you. You gave me a lot of useful information. I was wondering also if you could possibly even put an advertisement about our conference in your paper. Also if you can think of some young men and women that may be interested in helping us organize our workshops and come as guest speakers we would be very thankful. You can get more information about our sanstha at www.jakara.org -- we are also compiling a survey about the frequency of caste in America. We would love to share the results with you after we receive them. Thanks again and please feel free to contact us at 559-647-4700. Thank you so much.

Rab Raakha,


You have created a wonderful website with a lot of information. Millions of people (Dalits and non Dalits) will benefit from this website. It is particularly beneficial to the researchers. We need authentic information about our history and movement.

Keep up the good work.

With warm regards

Arun Kumar

Excellent information

It always give me immense pleasure while writing to you. I was a little busy in some personal works during last one month or so. I have been, almost everyday, going through the site. Its praise worthy to state that excellent information through articles and comments have been placed on the site on some recent events concerning Dalits, taken place in India and accross the world.
warm regrds,

Rajinder Kashyap

Buddha Bless

There is no word to say Thank you. Buddha bless you all for good work for the Dhamma. I will be visiting US from June 23 to July 31, 2007. I will be attending BMM Convention 2007 in Seattle US on June 28, 2007.

With Much Metta,
Nishikant Waghmare

Contribution! Jai Mulnivasi

I feel your work, effort and contribution to pay back to the society is priceless. Please carry on donot listen to other as our people have never lerned to appreciate of their owns.

The effect and impact of your contribution will go a long way we must learn to wait for out come.Thanks for putting up this site, there are thousand and thousands who are benefitting from your contribution..

Yours in Mission
M S Bahal

Chardhi kala

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you very much for inserting our ad on the web site. I pray for Chardhi kala of you and your family and hope you will continue rending your kind services to our community.

Jai Bheem! Jai Bharat!!

Bansi Bangar
President, Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha
(C.V.) Fresno (California)

Excellent Article

Excellent articles on Dalit consciousness in Punjab including Babu Mangu Ram. It is pity that the people sitting in the Gurudwaras are not interested to know about their great history. They have their mind set and don't want to change it. I have personal experience with so many people like this. Any how we got to keep on knocking, one day they might realise the reality. Keep up the good work.

With best wishes and warmest regards,

Arun Kumar

Greetings to Prof. Ronki Ram

Dear All,

We must pay sincere homage to our great leader, emancipator and savior Babasaheb. I also convey my greetings to Prof. Ronki Ram for his article on Babasaheb and nationalism. Baba Saheb was the true nationalist in every action. He has the courage and ability to single-handedly oppose the national leaders of his time as also the English rulers

Jai Bheem

Surrender Kumar

Wonderful experiance

Thank you for sharing this great celebration! ! I am sure you had a wonderful experiance and shared thoughts with all ambedkarite in Guru Ravi Dass Temple visit. I wish all brothers and sisters a happy 116th Annivarsary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Mohan Nirala

Dear Ambedkarites,

Here is my visit to Guru Ravi Dass Temple to celebrate the 116th Birth Annivarsary of our "Father of Modern India Dr.B.R.Ambedkar" .www.ambedkartimes.com Many thanks to www.ambedkartimes.com and the editor Prem Chumber. Prem Ji is a Ambedkarite journalist and a strong activist to uplift the dalits in India. Ref: home page article with pictures.



It was really nice and pleasant to speak to you on last Saturday. I am so happy that someone so committed is consolidating the views on the issues concerning Dalits and placing before the world. Let's keep this momentum going forward. I was encouraging to know that such a huge hits have been received by the site in short time. Let's keep this contact going and build up an awareness campaign in this direction. The site is hosting quality material on the issues concerning dalits and these needs to be preserved in form of some hard copy somewhere for coming generations of readers. Please think it over.

A wild idea keep coming to my mind about having our own TV channel and communication media training institution in India to highlight the issues and problems of Dalits across the country. This will serve an important communication tool to bring out the issues to the forefront. You may have seen that various religious sectors are having have their own channels in India. Let's think on these lines and throw this ides open to Dalit businessmen. Think it over.

I am attaching an appeal made by me to hundreds of Dalit brothers in our area. You may find it interesting. As continuation to this appeal, thousands of dalits will attend Floral Tribute and awareness programme at Dinanagar, Gurdaspur in Punjab

Warm regards,
Rajinder Kashyap



Jai Bheem

The Black Buddhist Community in America wishes to thank Mr. V.T.Rajshekar for his unending service to humanity.As you list the many achievements of Dalit Voice please mention the thousands of Black Americans who are today being awakening to the message of Dalit Voice. Through Dalit Voice as well as Mr. V.T. Rajshekar's other numerous publications we are inspired to join the struggle for Dalit rights and to inform our people in America all about our brothers and sisters in the east. Please pass-on our congratulations and heart-felt thank you to Mr. V.T. Rajshekar and Dalit Voice for the influence he is today having around the world.

Paul Guthrie
Black Buddhist Community in America

Jai Mulnivasi.

I am very happy that our people are now discovering their own identity ,History and Heritage.There is lots of new literature is coming out to support out new identity. One thing I can Add this Identity of Mulnivasi, Jai Bheem are ours selection not given by our oppressors. Baba Sahib had never given his approval for the use of word Dalit.

M. S. Bahal

Namo Buddhai !

How are you? I talk to Mr. Mohan Gill in California frequently and we always talk about you too. Keep up the good work and your website is very appealing.

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto and Indian Buddhist Society Vancouver are going to celebrate Buddha Jayanti in June. Bhante Chanderbodhi Ji is coming from England to join both programs. Here are the dates:

Indian Buddhist Society Toronto: June 16, 2007 Indian Buddhist Society Vancouver: June 24, 2007

I hope you don't mind if I can send you more details for your web posting after we decide the venue.

In dhamma, With metta,

Raj Kumar Oshoraj
Indian Buddhist Society Toronto


Sat sri akal ji!

First of all many many congratulations for Ur website I have seen all pages of your website and I am very much impressed to see your great work & you has well done. May God bless you.Today i am very happy to see that my friends are doing very well in abroad. Thanks and congratulations once again Chumber ji i miss you too much, some times i memorize all old days when we were stay whole day together.

Take care.

P.S. Walia


Thanks for your email. As you know we are organising free medical camps and intend to arrange more in the rural areas of Punjab. Without the help and cooperation of the people like you our venture is not possible.I shall be grateful if you can publicise this cause on your website. Thanks in anticipation.

In the mission of our forefathers,

Arun Kumar
Dr. Ambedkar Mission Society, Bedford, UK
25 Hartwell Drive, Kempston, Bedford, UK,
MK42 8US

Dear Dr. Ronki Ram

Thanks. You have done a good job and rendered an appreciative service to the community in writing about the DERA BALLAN. The Dera could be a centre of Social emancipation, if we work towards that end.

With regards,

Ramesh Chander
Prague (Czech Republic)

Jai Bheem! Namo Buddhai !!

I am very glad to know that your are starting two more website in Punjabi and Hindi, both will be very useful to non english Indian and laymen all over the world.I am with you to propogate ambedkarism ,buddhism,humanism and scientific temper.

Yours in mission
with metta
Harmesh Jassal


First of all, thank you Dr. Ronki Ram Ji for detailing the efforts of Dera Ballan. It is crystal clear that the effort of this dera has done a great job in uplifting our community. All of us must appreciate this effort. Second, as you mentioned, both sants from Dera often paid many visits to US and helped sangat of this country prosperous of their lives. During one of their visit, in one of our monthly program that is conducted by Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Bay Area SanFrancisco in Newark California, request was made to them. I, being current board member of this sabha, and Ex general secretary, served for last 7 years, and also general secretary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Aid Society Fremont CA for last 16 years, requested the saints to help us make the birth place of Shri Guru Ravidass Ji ( Shri Govardhan Puri Banaras), OUR GOLDEN TEMPLE. I have said the same thing during my visit to Govardhan Puri last year to the person incharge of the temple under leadership of Dera Ballan. My friend, holy place of Our Guru Ji belong to him and all of us, not to any particular person, segment or community. This is my sincere request, WEMUST WORSHIP THIS PLACE and consider this our GOLDEN TEMPLE as our GURU, our SAVIOR is from this place. Please Please let the word fly - SHRI GOVARDHAN PURI must be OUR GOLDEN TEMPLE. LET US HAVE THIS PLACE ISSUE THE CHARTERS TO ALL OVER THE WORD. It is my promise, I will follow it. Sincere Follower of Shri Guru Ravidass Ji and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Ji.


Randhir Suman,
General Secretary (Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Aid Society Fremont CA)

Granth "SAT SAHIB"

We are very thankful for your valuable reply on phone and publication of my email related to our Granth "SAT SAHIB" on your reputed websites. Actually my father Amarjit Bangar writer of SAT SAHIB is admitted in hospital for gall bladder surgery. And when you contact on my father mobile he was not able to talk with you due to his sickness. But i assure you whenever he feels fit after surgery he must contact you.Anyway Sir, Please also display the book image along with the detail of book you published on your website. JPG image of book is attached along with this mail.I'm regular viewer of websites related with guru Ravidass ji & Baba Sahib Dr.Ambedkar. In few weeks I’m also going to publish my own website related with the bani of Satgur Ravidass Ji. Sir you can also provide me any literature related with satguru Ravidass ji/Dr.Ambedkar which you think that should be published in my website. I feel glad if you appreciate my opinion in future.


Dr. Brijes


I have visited the website: www.ambedkartimes.com. I have read all articles on this website. I really enjoyed reading the articles that are based on the information about our great community. There are a lot of things on Dr. Ambedkar and other similar leaders such as Babu Kanshi Ram and Babu Mangoo Ram Mugowalia that helped our community along all the rough times throughout the history. There are some articles that explain the cruelty that the men and women of our community had to go through to make tomorrow better for the next generation. Other articles include information on Dr. Ronki Ram, and Mr. S. L. Virdi. This website is very informational on topics of historical people and events that made our community survive all the hard times in history. This is a very good website where you could go onto and find research information on historical events that happened to probably our grandparents or your relatives. This website is very helpful and you will surly enjoy visiting it.



What a wonderful life it is… some day have a happy and some moments unhappy. How far have we traveled using this body as a vehicle or a boat in this entire world? Second by second, minute after minutes, hour after hours, day after days, week and weeks, month aftermonths and year after year… we are traveling for thepeace andhappy. Searching for the happylife and prosperity in life… The more we traveledand search forit… the more we are trapping on this entire net of samsaraand facingwith the suffering. The distance covered by traveling is muchless than the distanceleft ahead.Many years have simply goneWithout making any notice or guiding us where to go, what to do and where to stay overnights, which direction is to make a choice to step further from one station to
another.I have seen this world and the mighty ocean and people roaming and living without aims of life!Live just for they were born into this world.I think, I do not need their quotations to show off asa proof – whether one livesin majestic palace or platform – the feeling is same – no one could everalter it.

So, I say to you all as a friendly message of thisyear, “Go ahead to meet the leftover distance of life.”May your journey of homeless life be as smooth as of a walking person on the Silk Road !

I wish you a veryhappy new year!



Wishing you and your family a very Happy, Healthy, and
Prosperous Happy New Year 2007
With Regards,

Anand Balley


Let the New Year be the sign of happiness,understand, harmony and love.
I wish you would be successful in your career and joyful in your life.

Manohar Lal

Jai Bheem! Namo Buddhai !!

We are going step by step towards the dawn of year 2007.Till then we are also screening the past to develop strong base for the future. Here's wishing you a wonderful start at the onset of a BRAND NEW YEAR....That unfolds joy,cheer,peace and prosperity,and fulfils all your aspirations that you have for this year.



Harmesh JassalN. K. AmarpaliSanghmitraMalind Kumar

Jai Bheem Namo Buddha

Behalf of Ambedkar Mission Members and Supporters we would like to thank you for all the support you have given to the mission,Your website is always viewed by all mission members and supporters its lways very informative. This is another way to spread Dhamma and Baba Sahib Mission, Keep up the good work.

With Regards,

Anand Balley.

Respected Dr.Ronki Ram ji,

Jai Bheem, I read your valueable article.That article provided so much information for us the followers of Baba Sahib Dr. Ambedkar.We all proud of you.Satguru Ravi Dass Maharaj Ji keep you in Chardi Kala.


Jai Bhim.

The protests which recently broke out have caused lossof some of our 'BHIM SAINIKS.' these 'SHAHIDS' would be a constantly source of inspiration in carrying our BHIM RATH forward. Never the less, we should salute the families who have created these great sons. But, at the same time, WE should also come out with some relief to these families. I think we should identify the sufferedfamilies and give them the helping hand. I request peoplein position to think and act over the issue.

Jai Bhim

Dr. Ajay Ovhal


This is Nachhater Kumar Bhadhur's brother from UK, Actually I wanted to say thanks for this website. I found it really good and useful to read it and I felt really appreciated , you have worked really hard in the community, therefore I wanted to say thanks once again.

Nachhater Kumar


I am Chandan's brother from india. How r u? I saw ur web site www.ambedkartimes.com.
Site looks so nice. Please tell me, If I can do anything for this site.




Jai bheem! Namo Buddhai!!

I am very happy to know that you have started noble work through ambedkar times . com .i have read whole files on net . you should carry on this noble work with great enthusiasm. i am always at yours service. i am happy to cooperate .if any service for me let me know .don't hegitate.

I had already despatched some material to you .you can use as you wish .after receipt kindly acknowlege me through e mail. one small letter for you pls think and act accordingly.from last year we are organising free medical camp on Guru Ravi Das's birthday.this year we are also organising a free medical camp .Please update www.ambedkartime.com and make appeal for financial help because this all will be done with the help of people . you can judge our work from news papers clipings and promote in future for the sake of upliftment of dwontroddens.

Once again i cogratulate you and i wish to fulfill your dreams.



We were all shocked and very sad to hear about the death of Mr.Kanshi Ram Ji sudden death has deeply hurt us.His family, his admirers and especially members of the Dalit Samaj, In the passing away of Saheb Kanshi Ram ji India has lost Man who changed the face of Dalit politics in the country and spread of the Dalit movement throughout the country . His inspiring life is a story of hard work and positive attitude over social and Political achievements.

Mr.Kanshi Ram ji always remembered as Dalit Samaj Remembered "Baba saheb Dr.Ambedkar "Behalf of Ambedkar Mission Toronto (Canada) our condolences to his family and to all Dalits Samaj.

Yours in the Mission
Anand Balley
(Gen.Sec Ambedkar Mission Toronto .)


We loss Mr.Kanshi Ram Ji, this is such a big loss for the Dalit Community.He was the founder of DS4 recently call BSP.After Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Ji if some one took hand of Dalit Community,that was the big heart person Mr.Kanshi Ram Ji.We all from Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Rio Linda,Sacramento(Califormia) with deeply condole. Now its time to us unite & walk on the path of Mr.Kanshi Ram Ji & comlete his rest of work.

Hans Raj Kajla
Secretary, Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Sacramento (California)


BSP FOUNDER Kanshi Ram passed away in New Delhi on Monday after suffering a cerebral stroke.
Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2006 22:21:22 -0700

The passing away of BSP Founder is a major loss to India- and to theelectoral process that led to the formation of coalition governments for thepast several years. His contributions to the Dalit consciousness will be cherished by the future generations to come.Mr. Kanshi Ram had declarted previously that he would adopt Buddhism in October 2006 to coincide with the Dr. Ambedkar's 50th anniversary of conversion. His passing away in October is very symbolic- and respresentshis attaining true state of Nirvana.

With deep condolensces,

Jai Paul Birdi
Chetna Association of Canada, president

Jai Bheem!

I like your Website.

Hope to see you in Fremont on Nov 10th.
Attached Report of the Ambedkar project.

See you.



I saw your website www.ambedkartimes.com. It is very impressive. Congratu;ations! I send you all my best wishes.I am forwarding herewith Dr Rahul Deepankar's impressions of his visit to Deeksha Bhumi.


Dr Rahul Deepankar on his visit to Deeksha Bhumi

I tried to persuade Dr Rahul Deepankar to participate in the meeting of minds in Washington D.C. on Oct 21, 2006. As it was impossible for him to get away from Chicago, he was kind enough to send me at my request some of his his impressions for our information. I am forwarding them herewith.

His impressions make me feel how ignorant we are about so many things about dalit issues, especially Ambedkarism and Buddhism, when we sit down to dicuss them. How enlightening it would be, if we were to do so in the presence of Ven. Shurei Sasai of Nagpur, Prof Thorat and Dr Mungekar of Delhi, Christopher Queen of Harvard, and Dr Rahul Depankar of Chicago! Perhaps it would remain a dream. It should however be possible to take note of some of the points which have emerged, namely, (i) media black-out of a mega event, (b) Modi's cunning strategy in Gujarat to make Buddhism as part of Hinduism, (c) College of Buddhist Studies set up by Ven. Shurei Sasai at Manser, (d) Women's Inter College set up Dr Deepankar in his village in Bulandshahr (e) Christianity and Ravidas movement as alternatives to escape from BSO. Here are Dr Deepankar's views in his own words.

Oct 20, 2006

Dear Mr. Lakshman;

As I had discussed with you last evening, I had great experience during my travel in India and I visited Mumbai, Nagpur, Agra, Aligarh, and of course, my village. We had a large press conference in Mumbai to emphasize our opposition to and rejection of Modi’s action in Gujrat. I must emphasize that Jain Community has also expressed their anger and rejection of the idea that Jainism and Buddhism are being declared as same as Hinduism in the recent legislation passed by Gujrat Assembly.

I was in Nagpur for a week and had life changing experience during Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Deeksha Bhumi. I have so many observations and memories of my visit that I intended to give a detailed write up, however, due to paucity of the time and overwhelming work routine upon my return, I have not been able to accomplish that. A few of my main observations are as following…

In 2 ½ days on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, I witnessed approximately 3 million visitors to Deeksha Bhumi, however, except for few local newspapers, there was complete blackout by national print and electronic media.The entire celebration there was a palpable and visible environment of deep civility and fraternity among all visitors. Despite 3 million people visiting, there was not even a single incidence of any conflict or misconduct.There was no part of the Country that was not represented inthe gathering.Local Police had completely handed over the entire job of orderand discipline to volunteers of Samata Sainik Dal coming from various parts of the country. It was a matter of pride and great satisfaction to see the smooth functioning.

October 1st there was a march conducted by Monks under leadership of Bhante Sessai. It is established that about 25 thousand Monks participated.I had the opportunity to interact with a few dozen international Buddhist leaders who came to join Bhante Sessai and the march. I’m greatly impressed by the work and devotions that Bhante Sessai has provided to the Buddhist movement in India. In my view, he is the most important and accomplished leader to advance Buddhism in India after Baba Saheb. On 3rd of October, he inaugurated the College of Buddhist Studies at Manser near Nagpur. It is a large 2-story college building with all the needed facilities. Many friends from U.K. were part of the inauguration and I presume they may have contributed towards creation of the above facility.There were dozens of conferences held during this week. Notably, Mr. Camble from Canada organized a successful international meet on the 28th and 29th of September and there was a 3-day retreat of training and discourses related to Buddhism at Naglok. I was impressed with their compound and tradition of bringing Buddhist training to thousands of Neobuddist from all over the country every year. Ravidasi movement in Overall, I see a great momentum of Buddhism revival in the country. I do believe that organized evangelical Christianity and traditional Punjab create alternative venues to escape B.S.O.

I am unable to write all that is in my mind at present, but hope to put it together sometime in future. I’m also sending a few pictures and later on I will send you many more prints when they are ready. Wishing you all the best of health and spirits.

Yours in Dhamma,
Rahul Deepankar

Dear Mr. Lakshman ;

I must add the following to my letter because of their importance. Professor Chris Queen from Harvard traveled with me from Nagpur to Dehli, Agra, Aligarh and of course, my village. He spent 8 days with girls at Deepankar Kanya Intercollege and stayed overnight in the village. He also was quite impressed with social and psychological changes that he noted in Agra. Elsewhere he and I also delivered lectures at Aligarh Muslim University on Siryed Ahmed Khan, a weeklong annual lecture series. In Dehli I met Professor Thorat and Dr. Mungekar. They are committed Ambedkarites and they both are contributing a great deal in extracting help from the government for the downtrodden masses on India and I found their efforts in advancing Buddhism very impressive.

Yours in Dhamma,

Rahul Deepankar

Special thanks to Mr.P.P.Lakshman who sent above matter & also sepcial thanks to Dr.Rahul Deepankar who did visit to Deeksha Bhumi, Nagpur (Maharashtra) India, during very special & grand event CONVERTION GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR CELEBRATION.

Note: Any one can send us special & true report on CONVERTION GOLDEN JUBLILEE YEAR CELEBRATION & we shall publish with great pleasure.
( P.K.Chumber )

Jai bhim !

Thanks a lot for the wonderful help by publishing the great news to www.ambedkartimes.com
I am always with you in mission. Thanks again for a great help

With regards,
Virender Singh Gill


Congratulations to all dedicated members of Punjab Buddhist Society of UK and others for officially inaugurated Takshila Maha Buddha Vihara @ Ludhiana. This project will enhance the propagation of Buddhismin Punjab , surrounding areas and fresh the memories of ancient Takhsila Buddhist University now in Pakistan.This Buddha Vihara is also a great gift to people of Punjab/India in the 50th year or revival of Buddhism in India by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

In Dhammam

Yash Mehay
Indian Buddhist Society of Canada




With regards,

Virender Singh Gill

Jai Valmik Ji,

Dear Virendeer,

With sense of pride, congratulations to all for this great win. That is spiritual win for all Valmiki community . Also it is a big win for self-respect in our daily lives. Please send full report in this case.

With many regards,



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