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25th (Silver Jubilee) National Convention of BAMCEF at Nagpur

Posted by bamcef on September 30, 2008

25th National Convention
 

2008 – Nagpur
 

APPEAL

 

25th National Convention – A Time for Introspection

This year BAMCEF is holding its 25th (Silver Jubilee) National Convention. From the beginning BAMCEF had dedicated itself to the goal of social change, which our emancipator had laid down. Over the past three decades we had concentrated specifically on two aspects i.e. first, awakening the society on the issue concerning our condition – thereby exposing the conspiracy of Brahmanical System and second trying to organize all caste components who are the sufferers of social system. On both the fronts BAMCEF had succeeded to the extent that the power structure and Brahminism forces have acknowledged our existence as a pressure group of Phule-Ambedkarite movement. BAMCEF salutes the dedication, sacrifice and efforts of all its activists who had toiled to achieve this level. With this achievement one can certainly say that BAMCEF is going ahead in a right manner towards its pre defined objective.

Our impact on the power structure had compelled the Brahmanical forces to redesign their strategies so as to keep control over the social system. On the other hand BAMCEF had succeeded in motivating various caste components of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj to release themselves from the grip of Brahmanical forces. Such process of action and counter action is bound to continue in more severe form in the days to come. To cope up with the changing situation we need to indentify and incorporate stronger inputs to design the strategies to combat Brahminism.

Identity Crisis

While trying to achieve the objective of social change, on one hand we had been exposing the conspiracies of Brahminical forces to awaken the masses and on the other trying to unite different caste components of 85% Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. Our experience of past three decade revealed that the identity crisis is a major lacuna in keeping the Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj united. Hence to forge the homogenous unity amongst different castes we had rejuvenated Mulnivasi identity. Accepting the common identity can only be the means to march in the direction of achieving the objective of social change. Having made definite dent of Mulniwasi identity in the society, our enemy has also felt its impact to the extent that their identity and presence in this country has come under scrutiny.

Strengthening the Movement

It can be seen that in post Ambedkarite era, nobody had laid emphasis on building and strengthening the movement. All the Phule-Ambedkarite organizations which emerged were mainly out of reactive response. The speed with which society responded to the reactive issues had also calmed down with equal speed. Such response could not build the organization and unity in the society. Building the movement with such response will remain only a wishful thinking. On the other hand movement building process is very slow and the result cannot be seen immediately. Only its presence and impact can be felt, on power structure which can be observed in the society. Over past three decade BAMCEF has succeeded in training the human resources, dedicating and committing them towards the objective of social change and building the movement. BAMCEF had never diverted or diluted this objective. In the light of this background and on the eve of 25th National Convention, the activists of BAMCEF will be reaffirming its commitment in further strengthening Phule-Ambedkarite movement. We look forward for awakened response from the society.

Inputs To Achieve the Objective

The objective of social change is not small and simple. It was more difficult during the time our emancipators, who had led the movement. Their efforts, to the larger extent, had softened the constraints, which had spoilt the social system. But the challenges which are prevalent today, needs to be dealt with more determination and dedication. The situation becomes still more challenging because the counter revolutionary forces in the society are continuously watching our move and re-designing their strategies. The task therefore, in front of us is twofold: first to strive for achieving the objective of social change and second to understand the motives and moves of counter revolutionary forces operating in the system.

To handle both the tasks successfully one need to understand and estimate the amount and type of inputs we have to mobilize to sustain the movement. Trained human resources, financial resources, tapping human potential spread across the globe, aligning the young generation towards the movement, institutionalizing the ideology and awakening the masses for the cause all these aspects need to be evaluated not in terms of changing socio-economic situation and the means to deal with.

25th National convention at Nagpur

Holding the 25th National Convention is a milestone not only for BAMCEF organisation but is so for Phule-Ambedkarite movement. It indicates the consistency towards our commitment for social change for all this period. It is in this respect this becomes an historical event for Phule-Ambedkarite movement. On such occasion our feeling drives us to identify the place of historical importance in the movement. Nagpur has been the stronghold of Ambedkarite activities. During Babasahebs time Babasaheb himself had given importance to Nagpur for launching his revolutionary move. Nagpur therefore, is dearer to us when we think of laying this milestone. We derive inspiration and strength when the idea of hosting the 25th National Convention comes to our mind. During Babasahebs time Nagpur had witnessed the revolt against Brahminism and the people of Nagpur had supported Babasaheb wholeheartedly, BAMCEF is also fighting againstBrahminism. Fighting against Brahminism is a means for social change. The struggle of BAMCEF is for social change. We need to overthrow Brahminism and bring in social change. Hence we have decided to hold this historic event i.e. 25th National Convention in Nagpur.

In this endeavor we appeal to all the people of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj to extend all cooperation with time, talent and money and participate in this event to register your presence in laying the mile stone.

Yours in Mission,

 

Dr. L. J. Kanhekar

National General Secretary

BAMCEF

 

Date: 24th September2008 (Satyashodhak Samaj Divas)

Place: New Delhi

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National Convention of Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh and BAMCEF Women Wing

Posted by newjournalist on September 29, 2008

National Convention of

Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh and BAMCEF Women Wing

 Date : 18th – 19th October 2008 (Saturday – Sunday)

Venue:

Bharat Scouts and Girls Guide Hall, Savarkar Marg,

Shivaji Park, Dadar (W), Mumbai-28

 All Mulnivasi Women are sufferers of the three tier oppression of caste system, poverty and patriarchy. But the solidarity of Mulnivasi women has received a rude shock from the unjust Brahmanical social order. They now stand divided into many castes, and as closed groups distanced from their co-sufferers. But essentially the problems of the ST, SC, and OBC women are same; the severity (of the problem) depends upon their position in the caste ladder (hierarchy).

The ST women (at the most bottom rung) are worst sufferers of inhuman indignities. Hunger, disease, starvation, is the way of life for them and their children. Mass trafficking, prostitution, homelessness & depraved existence on streets is the norm.

The status of SC women is no different either. The attachment of notion of impurity to their being and their emergence as a group resisting oppressive forces of patriarchy and caste has exposed them and their children to unimaginable atrocities and ignominies. The once warrior clan women have been reduced to the level of animal and no better.

The situation of OBC and MBC women is even more pathetic. Even when SC and ST women are seen sporadically putting a brave front and releasing themselves from the shackles of bondage, the OBC women stand totally unaware of the enslavement in the Brahmanical thought and culture. Not knowing the real nature and cause of their oppression they cling to and strengthen the Brahmanical system. Merged in deep slumber they are oblivious of the dangers of the present time. In absence of a strong movement in the OBC groups they are directionless and out of pale of education, employment, a dignified living and future for their childrens seems bleak.

The National statistics (National Sample Survey) shows that in villages the OBC and MBC women, are devoid of land and any source of income, they are in huge debt and their men are being driven away to suicide. In each and every “basti” of cities, the OBC and MBC women live in abject poverty surrounded by filth, squalor and are engaged in most low paying jobs and flesh trade.

In stark contrast, all talks regarding the progress of women in this country, their ever increasing participation in education field their presence in art, culture and jobs which earlier were the preserve of men pertains to upper caste women only. It is only the upper caste women who have greatly benefited in the last 60 years. The mulnivasi women are nowhere near them. There is a clear cut demarcation line between the upper caste women and mulnivasi women. The former under the garb of women unity and feminism are out to fool and use mulnivasi women for their own caste interests. They try to keep the Brahmanical system alive and have never revolted against the system. Instead they have engaged themselves in all superfluous, superficial, rehabilitative activities, akin to striking a stick on placid water which only creates a few ripples, never going to the root cause of caste system and patriarchy. The upper caste women have never risen in revolt against Brahmanism. Hence we do not seek their support or participation but believe in creating our own strength.

BETRAYAL OF THE CONSTITUTION

It is true that the greatness of any nation can be gauged by the status of the women. If this principle is applied to India, Indian society cannot qualify as being a civilized progressive society. The status of women is so pitiable that the Indian society can aptly be labeled as primitive society. Whereas in the Constitution of India provision for upliftment of women are made in article 15(39) it is seen that the spirit of the Constitution is not reflected in the society.

Since 1950 (after the transfer of power from British to Congress) 60 yrs have lapsed but there is a rapid downfall in the position of women.

The percentage of Mulnivasi women reaching up to higher education is a dismal 5%. The drop out rate from school is as high as 60%. They are grossly under-represented in the job sector. They form the most unorganized sector. They are nutritionally malnourished and anaemic. In absence of nourishment they are inflicted with many diseases. One in every 10 child in their family dies of want for low cost treatment. The health related expenditure of their family is second most common cause of debt and 70% of the families of Mulnivasi women cannot afford treatment for their children.

This state of affairs spells betrayal of the Constitution by the people whose responsibility it is to see that it is implemented in letter and spirit. The mulnivasi women are victims of callous indifferent and hateful attitude of upper castes who are in power in politics, economic and religious sphere.

ROOT CAUSE OF OPPRESSION- CASTE & PATRIARCHY, SPRING FROM BRAHMINISM

Matriarchial system was the way of life in Mulnivasi culture before the invading Aryans (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas) destroyed it systematically by adopting methods of coercion, by instilling fear, by creating legends and by declaring it as word of God.

Both the instruments of suppression i.e., caste system and patriarchy (male domination) has its origin in Brahmanical tradition, festivals, stories, epics, legends and most importantly the scriptures right from Vedas to the Puranas, which are held, sacred by the women. Sacredness prevents revaluation of its value, once sacred – always sacred and this phenomenon has lead to the perpetuation of the abominable system.

IGNORANCE OF THE MULNIWASI WOMEN HAS TO BE UPROOTED

Not aware of the real nature and motive of religion and traditional notions, Mulnivasi women out of there ignorance are seen to be clinging, strengthening and preserving the very system which degrades them.

The ignorance of Mulnivasi women has to be removed. Our renaissance leaders like Jyotiba Phule, Savitri bai Phule, Periyar Ramasami, Narayan Guru and Babasaheb Ambedkar all strived and struggled their entire lives to remove the ignorance. But a lot more has to be done. The magnitude of the problem is of such proportions that the efforts are highly inadequate. To come out of the despondency and dependence a nationwide movement of the mulnivasi women along side the existing Phule-Ambedkarite movement run by BAMCEF is required.

NATIONAL CONVENTION FOR NATIONWIDE AWAKENING & PROTEST

The National Convention will prove be a milestone in the history of struggles of Mulnivasi women. It is for the first time since 1950 that SC, ST, OBC women will be coming together as a united force. It will blow the bugle of emancipation of Mulnivasi women. It will herald a new era.

The Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh activists are already working in areas of education and creating awareness on relevant issues. However a Nationwide Campaign will be launched to address the following issues urgently.

1.     Free and compulsory education to Mulnivasi women upto graduation and higher budgetary allocation for education in the Annual Budget. Privatisation of education has affected the Mulniwasi Bahujan Samaj the most. It will not be surprising that if left unfettered the next generation will be largely illiterate. The activists will establish mass public contact to pressurize State and Central Government to implement various schemes and programmes throughout the country.

2.     Free Health Services: It is the responsibility of any welfare state to make health care affordable and mostly free. On the contrary, it is seen that India’s health care system is the most privatized in the entire world (78%). The state funds only 2% of the health expenditure. Corporation funding is a mere 3% and NGO funds only 0.3%. Rest comes directly from the citizens. Instead of strengthening the Public Health System, Government Hospitals and Medical Colleges, the Govt is allowing a free hand to the corporate sector. For eg: In Andhra Pradesh the Congress Government under the project -Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Shree is giving money from government treasury to all corporate hospitals. We will expose these ruthless and merciless power brokers and create a mass awareness. The doctors and health professionals from Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj will be actively working on this front to strength Health care system & ensure good health in all stages of life from birth till old age.

3.     Movement against SEZ: Cleverly camouflaged under the term “economic development”, the SEZ’s are virtually proving to be “special elimination zones’ – eliminating the lives of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. Large amount of fertile cultivable land – the only source of livelihood, is forcibly been taken away from Mulnivasi Bahujan Society. The Mulnivasi women and the children are starving and men being led to suicides. The same land is given away at throw away prices to real estate owners and pseudo industrialist as lease for a life time. Employment is provided to handful as daily wage earners adopting the “hire and fire” policy with no food or financial security. Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh will actively participate in staging protests against the SEZ all over the country.

4.     Women Reservation Bill: The bill is a clearcut conspiracy by the upper castes and their political parties to usurp 33% seats (i.e 81 seats out of total 543 parliament seats) by filling upper castes women in these seats. Surprisingly even the Left Front which proclaims to be working for the masses is against giving any representation to the Mulniwasi women. We will awaken the public in this regard and expose the poisonous fangs of the so called “progressive men and women” from various organizations, and parties.

All the above issues will be discussed thread bare. Information is power and during the two days of the Convention we will empower our women with information.

An all India signature campaign is underway to place our view as regards the Women Reservation Bill wherein we have made it clear that since women constitute 50% of the population, instead of 33%, actually 50% of seats should be reserved for women and 85% representation should be given to SC ST and OBC women within the 50%.

The campaign will culminate in the Convention. Thereafter we propose to give a representation to all concerned at the helm of affairs including the President of India.

We request you to attend the convention in large numbers and strengthen the movement for the liberation of the Mulniwasi Women in this country.

JAI BHEEM! JAI MULNIWASI!! JAI BHARAT!!!

mulniwasimahilasangh@gmail.com

m_rangari2005@yahoo.com

Conference Secretary – Preethi Wasnik- +919290591468

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Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh and BAMCEF Women Wing’s 1st National Convention at Mumbai

Posted by newjournalist on September 16, 2008

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