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Pay tribute to Kanshi Ram

October 09, 2006

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Kanshi Ram, founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party, passed away early Monday morning. He was 72 and had been suffering from multiple ailments for some years now. He was bed-ridden over the last few months, and his last public appearance was in March this year, on the occasion of his 72nd birthday.

Kanshi Ram, who remained a bachelor, was an enigma in Indian politics, and some consider him to be the true inheritor to B R Ambedkar's political legacy. Kanshi Ram empowered the Dalits, arguing that their overwhelming numbers make them a potent force in a democracy, which is rule by the majority. However, he was unable to translate his vision into reality. His BSP, founded in 1984, could only come to power in Uttar Pradesh in 1995, that too as part of a political arrangement with the Bharatiya Janata Party, and in states like Madhya Pradesh, the party remained a spoiler, never a achiever.

What cannot be argued, however, is that Kanshi Ram made a difference to Indian politics, and brought the issue of Dalit empowerment to the table.

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Number of User Comments: 96

Sub: Tribute to Kanshi Ram

It is true that Kanshi Ram was a great mobiliser whose experiment in Uttar-Pradesh gave Dalits a new voice of dignity and Self respect. It ...

Posted by Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Sub: People dies but thought never

Kanshi Ram ji was a great soul. He is not in this world anymore more but his thoughts and mission he initiated will always be ...

Posted by Sanjay Bhim

Sub: Jai-Bheem to Kanshiram the leader of BSP

Great Jai-Bheem to BSP founder Kanshiram.

Posted by Hemant Tapase

Sub: Heartfelt condolences

Sh Kanshi Ram ignited the hearts and minds of Dalits. He gave them a voice at the highest forums. His contribution to the society is ...

Posted by Kamal

Sub: he has the will power to take on the high caste :)

I truely admire Mr. Kashiram for his will power, determination and dedication to give a voice for the Dalits in a country which is dominated ...

Posted by deep



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