National Workshop on Babu Jagjivan Ram's Life held at Ambedkar University, Mhow

Mhow: Under the aegis of Babu Jagjivan Ram Chair, a National Workshop on "Babu Jagjivan Ram: Messenger of Social Equality" was organized at Dr BR Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow on Wednesday afternoon. 

Vice Chancellor Dr DK Sharma presided over while chief guest and keynote speaker of the workshop was Samajik Samrasta National Coordinator Shyam Prasad.

Dr Shailendra Mani Tripathi delivered introductory speech, in which he highlighted the topic of the workshop and it's need for the society. After that, Dharmendraji, RSS Pracharak and Samrasta convener said that Babu Jagjivan Ram always worked for equality and uniformity in the society.

While delivering his speech, Shyam Prasad said, "Because of Mhow being the birthplace of Dr Ambedkar, I dream of being born here again and work for equality. 42 villages in Mhow tehsil, where people of all castes live here are the places where students must start doing their research work for bringing social harmony. Babuji's life can be divided into two phases- life before independence and after that. Constitution is not a creation of any one person but 42 persons sat for more than 2 years and discussed all aspects, which led to the formation of the constitution”.

"Babuji saw discrimination and felt it himself when barber refused to cut his hair and despite being a central minister, when he left the venue after inaugurating Idol and temple of Sampoornanandji at Varanasi, the priests washed the temple with Ganga water. He always gave credit to every community and used to recount that Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, a Brahmin invited him to BHU for studies and made him a scholar. He fought against inequality and never used wrong words against other communities", said Prasad.

"He was a man of self respect as when Indira Gandhi was the PM, he brought no confidence motion in the Loksabha to protest against rape and atrocities on SC women and his speech included appeal for safety of all women, irrespective of their caste and religion. He was of SC but he maintained harmony with leaders of all castes", he further said.

“When some elements tried to convert all backward classes, it was Jagjiwan Ram who said that conversion is not the solution and foiled their attempts. Respecting all, giving opportunities to all was the message of Swami Vivekananda and Babuji said so. We must take the example of Dalit Chamber of Industries’ exhibition held in Mumbai and when Birla and other big industrialists went there, they praised those industrialists who were not waiting for reservation in jobs but had become job givers”, Prasad said.

“His way of politics was such that he was never defeated in his 50 year long career from a single seat. India was importing food grains to sustain in 1960s and at that time Babuji was made agricultural minister. He gave emphasis on landless farm labourers and within 10 years, India was self-reliant in food. When he became railway minister, unemployed men and women of SC were employed for water for rail passengers during summer season, by which on one hand, people were relieved of their thirst while on the other hand, social harmony was achieved. Finally, I am of the view that we must not argue on who is bigger, Dr Ambedkar or Babuji as we must not compare anybody with any other person”, concluded Shyam Prasad. 

Vice Chancellor Dr DK Sharma said, “Despite seven decades of independence, we must worry on why discrimination exists in the society. Our university will work for the welfare, uplift of tribals and backward classes and we are working for social harmony”.

Dr Ramshankar conducted the program while Dr Manoj Gupta proposed the vote of thanks.