Kanshi Ram: The Bahujan Nayak of India’s Dalit Movement

Kanshi Ram: The Bahujan Nayak of India’s Dalit Movement

Kanshi Ram is considered the second biggest name of the Dalit movement in India’s political landscape, after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Fondly known as Bahujan Nayak or Saheb, Kanshi Ram launched the Bahujan Samaj Party in 1984, which went on to form the government in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh on four occasions.

Born on 15 March 1934, Kanshi Ram was a Dalit from the Chamar Ramdasia community of Khawaspur village in Ropar district (now Rupnagar), Punjab. He completed his BSc and joined as an assistant Scientist in DRDO in Kirki Pune Maharashtra in 1957.

I will never get married, I will never acquire any property, I will devote and dedicate the rest of my life to achieve the goals of Phule-Ambedkar movement.
Kanshi Ram (1934-2006)

 

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