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The Chamcha Age (An Era of the Stooges) – Preface

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  by Kanshi Ram   (Released on 24th September, 1982, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Poona Pact)   ~~~~~   Dedicated to Mahatma Jotirao Phule   Whose initiation of cultural revolt in colonial India, later taken up by Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy and many other rebellious spirits brought us …

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Popular Culture and Ideology: The Phenomenon of Gaddar

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  P Kesava Kumar (First published in February 2010) The cultural sphere has its own advantage over politics in terms of pulling people into its fold. Through his songs and cultural performances, Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as “Gaddar”, the Telugu poet singer, maintains the historical continuity of people’s lives and their struggles. He brings politics into everyday life situations and …

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Kanshi Ram on Education on the eve of 50 years of Independence

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Education and Health are basic necessities for enlightenment of mind and social emancipation. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, the father of India’s Social Revolution searched for causes of degradation of Shudras and Ati Shudras. His considered conclusion was that the root cause of degradation was ignorance born out of lack of education. As a matter of fact …

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Instead of being ruled let us be rulers

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Sahib Kanshi Ram Special speech delivered by Manyawar Kanshi Ram Ji at 1st World Dalit Conference In Malaysia on 10th & 11th October, 1998 Dalits should become rulers instead of being ruled. We must not be always at the receiving end, instead become the givers, Dalit Leader Mr. Kanshi Ram told the world dalits. It’s long …

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Kanshi Ram: from BAMCEF to the Bahujana Samaj Party

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Kanshi Ram was born in 1934 as a Raedasi Sikh, a community of Punjabi Chamars converted to Sikhism. The family had 4 or 5 acres of land, some of it inherited and the rest acquired through government allocation after Independence), a small landed background is characteristic of many Scheduled Caste legislators but remains a comparative …

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“We want permanent change” – An interview with Kanshiram

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  (This interview with Manyawar Kanshi Ram Saheb was first published in The Illustrated Weekly Of India on March 8, 1987)  Question: Why are you so hostile to all the national parties, especially the communists? Kanshi Ram: To my mind, all parties represent the forces of status quo. For us, politics is the politics of …