Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tumhi kara re kitihi halla / Mazbut Bhimacha quilla!A 100 years ago Ambedkar recieved his Ph.D. from Columbia Univ.

A hundred years ago, on June 2 1915, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar got his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Born an 'untouchable', the young Ambedkar had to sit outside the classroom in school and listen to the teacher through an open window. Humiliated and hounded by hindu students and teachers, not even allowed to drink water from a common tap, Babasaheb Ambedkar nevertheless went on to study at one of the finest universities in the world - Columbia at New York. There he studied with people of the calibre of John Dewey. It was also at Columbia that he experienced equality for the first time.

All this seems almost out of mythology! Yet here in Hindustan, an institute by the name of IIT Madras, has 'de-recognised' a student study circle named after Ambedkar devoted to studying his philosophy. Clearly the Ambedkarite revolution has many hurdles to cross before 'equality, liberty, fraternity' becomes a part of the culture here.

  Tumhi kara re kitihi halla /
  Mazbut Bhimacha quilla

 Tribute to Dr Ambedkar at Columbia University, New York City:
 Prof.Nicolas Dirks

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