Surinder Ranga ji, President of Chetna Association, Bill Basra ji, President of Guru Ravidass Sabha, Param Kainth ji of Ambedkarite International Coordination Society, representatives from Sant Sarwan Das Charitable Trust, Distinguished guests, colleagues and friends,
Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April 1891 and was popularly known as Babasaheb. He is most well-known and remembered as the principal architect of the Indian Constitution being the Chairman of the Drafting Committee. He was independent India's first law minister, a social reformer, jurist, economist, author and a scholar of comparative religions. He campaigned for the rights of the downtrodden and the underprivileged, while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was a scholar par excellence, a philosopher and a true nationalist.
Message of Consul General Mrs. Abhilasha Joshi on the 128th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar
Chetna Association of Canada is a community-based society registered under the Societies Act of BC. It was established in 1999 with a primary objective of raising awareness about the caste-based issues globally. Chetna regularly promotes the benefits of creating casteless, respectful and inclusive communities through dialogues, discussions, presentations and seminars.
The members of Chetna take inspiration from Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar, the champion of human rights in India. Chetna currently has a strong partnership with Dr. Hari Sharma foundation, Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and various departments of University of British Columbia (UBC). The partnership has planned and delivered Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lectures since 2016.
Chetna Association of Canada
Chetna Dr. Ambedkar Awards Recipients 2018
Santosh Dass from UK
As you may know, we are soliciting feedback on what the role and purpose of Chetna should be (Chetna.ca). The themes that are emerging so far are as follows:
- Involving youth with addressing concerns of caste as it impacts them.
- Integration of all diverse communities, particularly between and among people of scheduled castes.
- Doing research on Ambedkar and highlighting his relevance in Canada.
- Forging alliance with other movements in Canada- while ensuring caste based discrimination is also denounced.
- Continue to identify and honor change champions whose actions are aligned with the philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar.
Ginni Mahi sings for the golden girl Hima Dass
Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night 2018