Babu ji was a Dalit leader of Bihar. His daughter Meera Kumar has been an MP from Sasaram and Speaker too.
Kanshi Ram got his first government job in 1957. In the survey of India. But he refused to sign the bond. Then the next year in 1958, I got a job as a Research Assistant in Explosive Research and Development Laboratory. Posting took place in Poona (now Pune). It was here that he came in contact with the writings of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and Jyotiba Phule. And this is where his metamorphosis began.
After graduating in 1958, Kanshi Ram worked as an assistant scientist in DRDO, Pune. During this time, the struggle for public holiday on Ambedkar Jayanti changed his mind that after few years he quit his job and threw himself into social and political struggle. Together with his colleague DK Kharapade, he founded the Backward and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation (BAMCEF) along with the Scheduled Castes – Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and converts minorities employed. This organization is still active and conducts Dalit awareness programs across the country. In 1981, Kanshi Ram started the Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti known as DS4, and formed the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 1984. Later, she made Mayawati the first Dalit woman Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. This was the first time in any state of the country
In it, he wrote that:-
- 1. I will never come home now.
- 2. I will never buy my house.
- 3. The house of poor Dalits will be my home.
- 4. be free from all relatives
- 5. I will not attend anyone’s wedding, birthday, funeral.
- 6. I will not do any job.
- 7. Until Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s dream is fulfilled, I will not sit peacefully.
Kanshi Ram followed these vows. He also did not attend his father’s funeral.
Kanshi Ram did not directly start his own party or organization. In 1964, he joined the Republic Party of India. Nowadays one of its factions, Ramdas, leader of the Athawale faction is an ally of NDA. Within a few years, Kanshi Ram understood that RPI participates in elections. But there is no program to bring the Dalit backward exploited sections in the government, non-government sectors. The design that is needed to stay in power and use it as a tool is also missing.
Then Kanshi Ram started roaming all over the country. Met people from different strata. Got problems On April 14, 1973, the day of Ambedkar’s birthday, the All India Backward Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) was formed. On 6 December 1978, this organization was revamped. After this DS4 i.e. Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti. The year was 1981. In connection with his work, Kanshi Ram roamed the country, he understood the most scope in Uttar Pradesh. Punjab also got good response. With the formation of BSP in 1984, Kanshi Ram jumped into electoral politics. Yogendra Yadav used to say a lot about Kanshi Ram in those days during Aam Aadmi Party days.To lose the first election, to defeat the second election. And then the third election starts winning.
Kanshi Ram understood that Mayawati would be his political heir. To get the cadre to talk with his poignant speech style, organization ability and rigor. Soon this style of Mayawati started to soften Mulayam Singh. Meanwhile, political managers of BJP sitting in search of opportunity explained their point to Kanshi Ram. Kanshi Ram has wanted this for a long time. The daughter of a Dalit who rose to the shoulders of the upper caste party, became the Chief Minister for the first time. The year was 1995. This was the first major success of Kanshi Ram’s mission.
BSP’s election trail why elephant Responding to this, he referred to the slogan cattle movement in the seventies. Dalits got freedom from Brahminism by adopting Buddhism. Elephant symbol is used extensively in this religion. The BSP claimed to handle Ambedkar’s legacy, his party RPI also had the same election mark. Apart from this, elephant was also a symbol of the strength of Dalits. On which till now Savarna Mahavat was riding.
Kanshi Ram knew that to get power, Dalits would have to provide all social icons, stories, heroes and beliefs from scratch. For this, the subaltern oral tradition of history was resorted to. The heroes who came from the Dalit community like Uda Devi, Bijli Pasi, Jhalkari Bai, were given the same importance when coming to power, which was being given to the big leaders and history men of other parties till now.
Many believe that the most unhappy Kanshi Ram’s absence will probably be with those BSP-linked workers in his time who did not go elsewhere after leaving the party or being expelled from it. These people do not take the name of Kanshi Ram, even today he is called as ‘Manyavar’ or ‘Sahib’. These people had come to wage political struggle in the name of BSP and Kanshi Ram. Today there is neither Kanshi Ram nor the current BSP is the BSP that used to be during his time.
In this entire journey, Kanshi Ram connected millions of people with him. For this, hundreds of kilometers cycled and walked for miles. There were also occasions when he led the Dalits even wearing a torn shirt. He was hardly seen in clothes of any color other than blue or white shirt.