2018 Awards Recipients

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

Recipient of S. Tara Singh Hayer Award of Journalism
Promod Puri

















Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Arts and literature Award

Bhagwant Rasulpuri        


















Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award

Santosh Dass from UK        















Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Life Time Achievement Award
Jay Manhas    

Dear Friends,

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