MAHATMA GANDHI NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND SOCIAL ACTION (MGNIRSA)

Recognised by the University of Mysore and JNTU as a Research Institute and included under section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act.

(An Institute of Dr.D.Swaminadhan Research Foundation [DSRF] )

DR. AMBEDKAR STUDIES CENTRE (ASC)

There are various principle currents of dalit intellectual history and ideology from the early 19th through the late 21st centuries. Dalit ideologies have from time to time tried to cover all the themes of nationalism, integration of the society, dalit women’s rights, civil and political rights and so on. Early dalit assertions were started with intense opposition against caste system and overwhelming emphasis on the notion of ‘self-respect’. Buddhism, Jainism, Philosophy of Charvakas and local popular tales and traits were promoted as a replacement of caste ridden religions. Sant Nandanar of Tamil Nadu; Sant Namdev, Sant Tukaram and Chokhamela of Western India, Ezavas of Kerala in the leadership of Narayana Guru and Ayyankali of South Kerala, Periyar’s Anti-Brahmin movement in Tamil Nadu, Satnami movement in Madhya Pradesh and Namsudra Movement of Bengal, Mahatma Jotirao Phule and his wife Savitri Phule in Maharastra achieved considerable success in posing powerful critique and claims against caste system. Early 19th century by the educated Dalits of India under the uncompromising leadership of Ambedkar, had started producing books and literature on dalit issues related to political rights, violence in the civil society and the allocation of values and resources. Dr. Ambedkar was the first dalit to have exposure to western democratic theories and keenly observed the socio-political movements happening all over the world. He rigorously produced volumes of books on issues like caste, nation, formation of linguistic states, communal representation, Marxism, civil and labour rights, Hindu Code Bill etc. Before one year of his death he produced a book on the issues of Pakistan. Ambedkar’s role as a chief architect of the Indian constitution is a landmark in the dalit intellectualship.

Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, and various democratic injunctions on labour and women and finally Protective Discrimination are the brain children of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Ambedkar’s legacy in the areas of political theory and political rights is incomparable. Dalit Panther Movement of 1970s can be considered as a second phase of the Dalit movement which sowed seeds for the Dalit identity politics of early 1990s. They have produced enormous literature in vernaculars. Attempts have been made to decipher Dalit epistemology and resistance from these volumes of literature. The socalled “globalization from below” has occupied a prominent if not central role in giving voice to the dalit politics. The Dalit question got international recognition during the Durban Conference. Though, the category ‘caste’ could not find a place in the list of ‘racial oppression’, the debate that took place clearly reminded the state of its increased responsibility. Establishment of departments of exclusive Dalit studies, Ambedkar chairs and Ambedkar Centres in the academic institutions, making pro-Dalit public policies, allocating resources for Dalit research, reviewing the question of providing reservations in the private sector are some of the examples of the states positive inclination towards the Dalit question. Thus Dalits made an upward mobile from serving as mere vote banks to that of active agents of socio-political change and development.

At this crucial juncture, Dr. Ambedkar Studies Centre of MGNIRSA has scrupulously taken up the task of promoting Dalit Studies as a special discipline in Social Sciences.

1. Dr. K. Anjanappa    - Director
   Ex. Member, APPSC

2. Sri S. Rambabu    - Hon. Faculty
   Retd. Deputy Director,
   A.P. Statistical Department

3. Dr. Jalli Indira    - Hon. Faculty
   Faculty, IIT, R.R. District

4. Dr. G. Ramachandraiah    - Hon. Faculty
   Director, SDES

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES / PROJECTS

(i) Seminars / Conferences / Workshops

1. National Conference on “Children and their Development in the Contemporary World: Strategies and Approaches”,     8th - 9th February 2002.
2. National Conference on “Human Rights, Duties and Safeguards - Contemporary Indian Context”, 14th - 15th June,     2002.
3. National Conference on “Indian Democracy: Contemporary Threats and Challenges”, 22nd - 23rd August, 2003.
4. National Conference on “Dr. Ambedkar’s Vision: Relevance to Contemporary India”, 28th - 29th December, 2005.
5. National Conference on “Empowerment of Dalit Women: Retrospect and Prospect”, during 14th February, 2007.
6. National Seminar on “Ambedkar’s Contribution for Upliftment of the Disadvantaged”, 2nd - 3rd May, 2010.

(ii) UGC Centre
(A) UGC has sanctioned EPOCH making Centre for the year 2009 – 10 and activities are under process.
     Awareness programme conducted at A.V. College, Domalguda, Hyderabad at Under Graduate Level nearly 150       students were benefited by the study.
(B) During X Plan for establishment of Dr. Ambedkar Studies Centre under Scheme of Epoch Making Social Thinkers of       India






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