Chetna Dr. Ambedkar Awards Recipients 2018
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.
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Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night 2018
Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night 2019
Chetna Dr. Ambedkar Awards Recipients 2019
On 21 June, the world will once again take a deep breath and stretch to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. This year’s celebration holds greater meaning; an inward journey may be the best antidote to the external checks placed on us by a confounding virus. A planetary lockdown with social distancing norms means that we wouldn’t experience the collective energy of a yoga congregation. But this year’s defining theme of Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family, will ensure respect for public health measures, while encouraging yoga with family bonding, in the security of our homes.
Recipient of S. Tara Singh Hayer Award of Journalism: Navjot Dhillon
Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Art and Literature Award: Mohan Karimpuri
Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Life Time Achievement Award: Dr. Sanja Boskovic
Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award: Dr. Suraj Yengde
Recipient of S. Tara Singh Hayer Award of Journalism: Parmod Puri
Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Art and Literature Award: Bhagwant Rasulpuri
Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Life Time Achievement Award: Jay Manhas
Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award: Santosh Das UK
The Ambedkar Room, was unveiled by Mr Ali Malek QC, Master Treasurer, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn on 30 June 2021 to mark the centenary of Dr Ambedkar’s return to Gray’s Inn in 1921.
Role of Dr. Ambedkar in social engineering and women empowerment through the Constitution of India
By - Jai Birdi, General Secretary, Chetna Association of Canada
November 26, 2022
On behalf of the Chetna Association of Canada, it is my pleasure to extend greetings on the 74th Constitution Day of India.
Seventy-three years ago on this day, the Constitution was adopted in India. It was implemented on January 26, 1950.
The task of creating a framework that sustains democracy through unity, integrity, justice, equality, liberty, and fraternity for a nation with many cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity, was not an easy task. My thanks to the drafting committee and its chairperson, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar, for producing a document that kept the interests of a “common man” at the core of their heart when resolutions were being discussed and debated. In this spirt, I see and honor Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar as the Pioneer in Social engineering!
Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar’s passion for emancipation (political, social, and economic) comes out clearly when one reads Articles 14 through 18 on equality.
In terms of gender equality and other measures of social engineering, these and other articles have been tested and challenged many times since the Constitution was implemented.
It is reassuring to learn that the spirit of democracy that lives through the Constitution has survived these challenges.