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Deeply influenced by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram was not a big thinker but his organizational and leadership ability was unmatched. Through this he created the Dalit movement and reached the threshold of power in Uttar Pradesh. After graduating in 1956, Kanshiram went into government service. He was posted as an assistant in the lab of the ammunition factory. Here he was discriminated against at the caste level, so he could not tolerate it. He left the job after 6 years of service.
Politics started with BAMCEF
Kanshi Ram was deeply distressed to see the economic, social and physical exploitation of Dalit castes. He wanted to do something for the Dalits, so he joined the Republican Party of India. Here he saw that the leaders who claim to fight for Dalits are greedy and corrupt. They are trying to humiliate each other. Kanshi Ram wanted to unite the Dalits of the country. For this, he formed BAMCEF i.e. Backward Minority Communities Employees Federation in 1973.
In the year 1981, Kanshiram brought BAMCEF into a new fold and formed the Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti ie DS-4. For this he gave a slogan- ‘Thakur-Baniya-Babhan Chhor’. Everyone else is DS-4. The slogan was so influential that a large number of Dalits started rallying behind Kanshi Ram. He also organized a public parliament of DS-Four at the Boat Club in Nashik. In the year 1983, he took 100 leaders of DS-Four and kept on knocking door-to-door on bicycle in 7 districts around Delhi.
Tilak-scales and sword
Kanshi Ram was deeply moved by the oppression and exploitation faced by the Dalits in the village. He got very angry after seeing the treatment of the people of the Dalit community from the upper castes. Kanshi Ram gave the slogan only after this – ‘Tilak-scales and sword’. Hit them with four shoes.’ In this controversial slogan of Kanshiram, Tilak represents Brahmin, scales Vaishya and sword Kshatriya community. In this slogan, there is a lot of anger against the Dalit community for centuries of exploitation in the name of caste. The so-called upper caste people were surprised to hear this slogan.
Our vote is yours, will not work – will not work
From 1983 to 1984, Kanshi Ram was engaged in strengthening the political position of his organization. Our vote – your rule. Won’t work – won’t work. With slogans like these, he shook the political consciousness of the Dalit community. Apart from this, he announced – the number of which is huge. His share.
SP-DM will take reservation
There is a famous saying about Kanshi Ram. In the early days of his politics, he used to say one thing, which is still quoted by politicians. Kanshiram used to say – the first election is to be lost. The second is to defeat and the third is to win the election. A slogan of Kanshi Ram is also very famous regarding the reservation of the Dalit community. In this he said- ‘Will take CM-PM by vote. SP-DM will take reservation.
Gave guidance to Mayawati
Kanshi Ram formed the Bahujan Samaj Party on 14 April 1984. This party used to talk about the rights of Dalits. After this he gave political guidance to a young teacher who was dreaming of becoming a collector. This teacher later not only became the political heir of Kanshi Ram, but also became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest state, four times. The name is Mayawati, who is a unique example of vision of Kanshi Ram.
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