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Put equality into practice: JNU prof

PROF GOPAL Guru, from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi said, ?We have textualised equality a lot, but don?t see it in practice.? He made this remark speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day national seminar on ?Dr BR Ambedkar: Vision and Reality?50 years of Post-Ambedkar India?, at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, here on Friday.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 01:35 IST

PROF GOPAL Guru, from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi said, “We have textualised equality a lot, but don’t see it in practice.”

He made this remark speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day national seminar on ‘Dr BR Ambedkar: Vision and Reality—50 years of Post-Ambedkar India’, at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, here on Friday.

“True philosophical vision cannot envision about some sections. True philosophical vision is for everybody. A vision can only be called vision if it is without divisions,” said Prof Gopal Guru.

Dr Ambedkar, who was different from other thinkers of his time, was ahead of his time. While others in pre-independent India wanted ‘Self-Rule’ his philosophy about independence was ‘self-respect’ for all the citizens, he said.

He further said that decent life with dignity was the most important for all. Most Dalit and non-Brahmin thinkers had laid emphasis on this, he added. Referring to modern-day Dalit leaders, Prof Gopal Guru said,  “They are not like Dr Ambedkar who led from the front. Most modern- day dalit leaders are free-riders. They ride on the sentiments and emotions of others towards their own benefits.”

Prof RP Singh, vice-chancellor of the Lucknow University, who also spoke on the occasion, said, “Reservation at higher educational institutions is harmless and a right step towards guaranteeing equality to those who were the victims of discrimination.”

Prof RP Singh, recalling his days at an IIT, said, “I had seen and experienced that reserved category candidates, who entered the institutions, became as good as the other candidates after they were imparted some knowledge of English language.”

He questioned as to why the number of institutions like IITs or IIMs that impart quality education are so less in numbers? “We have just seven IITs, while China, which is going for quality of education that IITs impart in India, is planning to have 100 such institutions there.”

“Education system should be broadened,” he added.

Before this, Dr Lella Karunyakara, Director, Ambedkar Studies Centre spoke at length about the theme of the seminar.  The vice-chancellor of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Prof G Nancharaiah, delivered presidential address.

The seminar will discuss economic, social, historical and cultural issues.