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Is Mayawati the true heir of Kanshi Ram?
Coming October 9 will be observed as the second Parinirvana Day of Kanshi Ram, the founder of BAMSEF, DS4 and most importantly, Bahujan Samaj Party, which rules Uttar Pradesh today.
KANSHI RAM was born on March 15, 1934, in a village in Ropar district of Punjab. Despite his Dalit roots, he earned a bachelor’s degree in science from the Government College at Ropar. Soon after, he was hired by Survey of India through a quota system for Dalits. In 1965, than working in the nation’s defence ministry, he quit his job after becoming involved in a caste discrimination case.


Thereafter, the uplift of Dalits and creation of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, was the dream project of the Dalit leader. He succeeded in his project and the emergence of BSP, signalled a tectonic shift away from the supremacy of the Congress Party, which ruled India almost without interruption, since Independence in 1947.


It was a great victory for the Dalit leader, that his political prodigy, Mayawati, took over as the state’s chief minister - the first Dalit woman to lead a government at any level in India.


Mayawati, who, held that post for less than a year in 2001, managed a 2/3rd majority in assembly to form a stable government in UP after a decade


The question arises whether she is the true inheritor of Kanshi Ram’s Dalit ideology.


Kanshi Ram raised the slogan - “Tilak taraju aur talwar - inhe jute maro char”, but Mayawati said, “Yah hathi nahi Ganesh hai – Brahma Vishnu Mahesh hai.”


She appointed SC Mishra as a general secretary of BSP as against the stated policies of the Dalit party. Interestingly, Kanshi Ram had declared that he will accept Dhamma on October 14, 2006. Unfortunately, he passed away earlier but being an heiress of Kanshi Ram, it is Mayawati’s duty to accept Dhamma.


But, rather than accepting Dhamma, she opposes the concept and in a rally in Nagpur on October 14, 2006, (which was her first public rally after Kanshi Ram’s death) she attacked the followers of Buddha’s Dhamma.
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