Tuesday, June 26, 2012

AMBEDKAR – The Greatest Indian




I wrote in this blog about the opinion poll being conducted by a TV Channel, CNN-IBN. The nationwide poll is 1 of the 3 modes of selecting the Greatest Indian. The other modes are a Market Research Survey and Jury Selection. All three modes carry equal (1/3rd) weightage. The first mode that is the voting by the public ended yesterday June 25. The first 10 names in the voting would be considered for the other two modes to decide the Greatest Indian. The Leader Board of the voting indicating the ranking out of the 50 shortlisted personalities has thrown a surprising result with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on the top with a good margin, the details of which ((for the first ten) are given below. The total number of votes polled were 71,29,050.

LEADER BOARD

1 Dr. B R Ambedkar 2812494

2 A P J Abdul Kalam 2391374

3 Vallabhai Patel 1091479

4 Kanshi Ram 252728

5 A B Vajpayee 67794

6 Sachin Tendulkar 43625

7 J R D Tata 29484

8 Mother Teresa 29456

9 Rajinikanth 25383

10 Rajagopalachari 25290

The second mode that is the Market Research Survey will start on 1st July till July 20 and the highly distinguished Jury will make the Jury Selection of which the final result will be announced on August 15 for the Greatest Indian. Let us watch this fasinating exercise to identify the Indian Icons. I am confident that the identification and selection of the Greatest Indian will be free and fair from the inherit social bias.

Dr. Ambedkar topping the list is not at all surprising. He deserves to be at the top by his own right. It is gratifying to note that Ambedkar is being accepted and accorded his due place by the society as large as a national leader. The dalits should feel happy and stop considering him only the leader of the dalits. It would be great disservice to the great leader, Ambedkar. As regards Kanshi Ram, I was taken aback when I saw his name in the shortlisted fifty. It means good consideration by the Jury to short list him. I was further surprised when he stood at the second position in the voting for almost the first week of the voting. In the final run, Kanshi Ram stood at number four after Vallabbhai Patel. I am reminded of journalist and columnist M.J. Akbar’s prophetic remarks on the rise of Kanshi Ram in Indian politics in one of the Indian magazines when he wrote “Kanshi Ram has come but yet to reach”. Kanshi Ram gave the dalits and backwards of India a sense of purpose and made their identity vocal. Hope that Babu Kanshi Ram gets a due space and recognition in the days to come.



14 comments:

  1. Well I am happy to see the list. How did you get this data?

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  2. Kanshi Ram, although in the beginning of his struggle seemed to be insignificant but he made his experiment through Mayawati, who was successful in her social engineering. Kanshi Ram gave a new direction to dalit struggle. If you go through his life story, he sacrificed his youth for the betterment of upcoming dalit generation.
    Surender Kumar

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  3. thanks dear. the source of the information is the website:www.thegreatestindian.org

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  4. thanks surender. i agree with you. kanshi ram was great visinary. he sacrificed all personal comforts for the community.

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  5. Sir I have shared your post on facebook. I have read your blog. You correctly said that Honourable Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar have now emerged as the greatest Dalit icon and greately revered by the Dalits. However, this should not be the only case. According to the Constitution of India, which Babasaheb himself designed he was first an Indian only after that came his religious or caste identity. The contribution of Babasaheb is immense in the creation of modern India and this fact should be realised and recognised by all the people of India barring any kind of sectarian politics.

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  6. i fully agree. that is why my advise to the dalits is not to kindly limit ambedkar to the dalits. he was a national leader, a great son of india.

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  7. Whole life of Dr. Ambedkar’s is a saga of striving for the basic rights of vast majority of dispossessed. His compassion, kindness and struggle for attaining dignified life for dispossessed are guided by the ideals of Tathagat. He is a Messiah like Moses and like Jesus, worked for poor and downtrodden. His writings on ‘Hero and Hero Worship’ and ‘Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah’ delve greatly on these issues. No poll of any kind is required to confer greatness on Babasahib Ambedkar.

    Rajinder Kashyap
    New Delhi.

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  8. Whole life of Dr. Ambedkar’s is a saga of striving for the basic rights of vast majority of dispossessed. His compassion, kindness and struggle for attaining dignified life for dispossessed are guided by the ideals of Tathagat. He is a Messiah like Moses and like Jesus, worked for poor and downtrodden. His writings on ‘Hero and Hero Worship’ and ‘Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah’ delve greatly on these issues. No poll of any kind is required to confer greatness on Babasahib Ambedkar.

    Further, Babasahib Dr. Ambedkar is a Maha-manav (Great man) who has worked for humanity. Merely calling him a Dalit icon is not apt and tantamount to show him as if he has worked only for a small segment of people.

    Rajinder Kashyap
    New Delhi.

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  9. thanks rajinder. yes, poll or no poll, ambedkar is the greatest. i wrote on the subject today also. you may like to visit my blog.

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    1. It must be RSS a dirty plan behind this survey to know the awareness among Ambedkarite masses. Two years back a foreigner Mr James Lane was guided by Bhandarkar Institute to write a book (British Raj In Islamic India) to defame Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and mother of Shavaji Rajmata Jijaoo. Some insulting remarks were made in the book because she originally belong to Mahar community. After lot of agitation the book was withdrawn by Maharashtra Govt. Babri Masjid was planned to demolish on 6th Dec. Hence all Ambedkarite must know the 2Bs i.e. real enemy of Ambedkarite movement, one is Bania and another Brahminical mind set.

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    2. An email to
      The Editor,IBN Lokmat

      First of all Mr Wagle you must explain that what was the need to go
      for asking sms votes on "Who is greater than Gandhi?" projecting some
      names of national leaders which cannot be compared with Dr BR
      Ambedkar?

      When Lal Krishna Advani (we know only Black Krishna,) the then Home
      Minister answered that there is no recorded evidence who offered the
      title "Mahatma", then why the question?
      For your information that those are political leaders who plans for
      the next event, but those the greater than greatest leaders (Maha
      Manav) who execute the plan for next 10 generations. Dr Ambedkar was
      most visionary than any other leaders of India.
      Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most astute political leaders who
      planed to drive away the Britishers and hand over the Population (not
      Nation) to Congress who hails from established communities i.e.
      banias, brahmins, who had scant respect and welfare plans for poor of
      the poorest. Till today this country was known as Country of snake
      charmers"

      Whereas more than 100 point account Dr BR Ambedkar was the and is the
      "GREATEST" than the greater leader of India when one compares with
      other political leaders. They are all Chillar/dwarf infront of him.

      The question asked by you and your team of stalwarts must have come
      from the filthy minds of........? It sums-up that including his names
      indicate your level of brainy thinking,
      You must not have studied his greatest qualities and efforts in
      bringing this country on track on the basis of liberty,equality,
      fraternity and justice to all. Whereas Gandhi opposed the rule of
      equality, liberty, fraternity and justice opposing the separate
      electorate to downtrodden. You are safely forgetting the history

      The most famous Colambia University had included three names in
      "Makers of Universe" from Indian origins, where Dr Ambedkar's name
      stands 4th in the list, whereas Gandhi's names is not even on 11th,
      then who is the greatest than Karamchand Gandhi.?

      You have no right to ask this question to 80% people who stay in
      remote villages who have no roads, no toilets and have no proper
      education. You must withdraw this sms competition, once for all and
      never try to mislead the uneducated Population. (You must know that
      India is not a nation, it is only a population, that is why you are
      promoting somebody's business.)

      Delete
    3. An email to
      The Editor,IBN Lokmat

      First of all Mr Wagle you must explain that what was the need to go
      for asking sms votes on "Who is greater than Gandhi?" projecting some
      names of national leaders which cannot be compared with Dr BR
      Ambedkar?

      When Lal Krishna Advani (we know only Black Krishna,) the then Home
      Minister answered that there is no recorded evidence who offered the
      title "Mahatma", then why the question?
      For your information that those are political leaders who plans for
      the next event, but those the greater than greatest leaders (Maha
      Manav) who execute the plan for next 10 generations. Dr Ambedkar was
      most visionary than any other leaders of India.
      Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most astute political leaders who
      planed to drive away the Britishers and hand over the Population (not
      Nation) to Congress who hails from established communities i.e.
      banias, brahmins, who had scant respect and welfare plans for poor of
      the poorest. Till today this country was known as Country of snake
      charmers"

      Whereas more than 100 point account Dr BR Ambedkar was the and is the
      "GREATEST" than the greater leader of India when one compares with
      other political leaders. They are all Chillar/dwarf infront of him.

      The question asked by you and your team of stalwarts must have come
      from the filthy minds of........? It sums-up that including his names
      indicate your level of brainy thinking,
      You must not have studied his greatest qualities and efforts in
      bringing this country on track on the basis of liberty,equality,
      fraternity and justice to all. Whereas Gandhi opposed the rule of
      equality, liberty, fraternity and justice opposing the separate
      electorate to downtrodden. You are safely forgetting the history

      The most famous Colambia University had included three names in
      "Makers of Universe" from Indian origins, where Dr Ambedkar's name
      stands 4th in the list, whereas Gandhi's names is not even on 11th,
      then who is the greatest than Karamchand Gandhi.?

      You have no right to ask this question to 80% people who stay in
      remote villages who have no roads, no toilets and have no proper
      education. You must withdraw this sms competition, once for all and
      never try to mislead the uneducated Population. (You must know that
      India is not a nation, it is only a population, that is why you are
      promoting somebody's business.)

      Delete
    4. An email to
      The Editor,IBN Lokmat

      First of all Mr Wagle you must explain that what was the need to go
      for asking sms votes on "Who is greater than Gandhi?" projecting some
      names of national leaders which cannot be compared with Dr BR
      Ambedkar?

      When Lal Krishna Advani (we know only Black Krishna,) the then Home
      Minister answered that there is no recorded evidence who offered the
      title "Mahatma", then why the question?
      For your information that those are political leaders who plans for
      the next event, but those the greater than greatest leaders (Maha
      Manav) who execute the plan for next 10 generations. Dr Ambedkar was
      most visionary than any other leaders of India.
      Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most astute political leaders who
      planed to drive away the Britishers and hand over the Population (not
      Nation) to Congress who hails from established communities i.e.
      banias, brahmins, who had scant respect and welfare plans for poor of
      the poorest. Till today this country was known as Country of snake
      charmers"

      Whereas more than 100 point account Dr BR Ambedkar was the and is the
      "GREATEST" than the greater leader of India when one compares with
      other political leaders. They are all Chillar/dwarf infront of him.

      The question asked by you and your team of stalwarts must have come
      from the filthy minds of........? It sums-up that including his names
      indicate your level of brainy thinking,
      You must not have studied his greatest qualities and efforts in
      bringing this country on track on the basis of liberty,equality,
      fraternity and justice to all. Whereas Gandhi opposed the rule of
      equality, liberty, fraternity and justice opposing the separate
      electorate to downtrodden. You are safely forgetting the history

      The most famous Colambia University had included three names in
      "Makers of Universe" from Indian origins, where Dr Ambedkar's name
      stands 4th in the list, whereas Gandhi's names is not even on 11th,
      then who is the greatest than Karamchand Gandhi.?

      You have no right to ask this question to 80% people who stay in
      remote villages who have no roads, no toilets and have no proper
      education. You must withdraw this sms competition, once for all and
      never try to mislead the uneducated Population. (You must know that
      India is not a nation, it is only a population, that is why you are
      promoting somebody's business.)

      Delete
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