WHAT WAS BABASAHEB Dr BHIMRAO RAMJI AMBEDKAR’S REAL MESSAGE ? EDUCATE, ORGANISE, AGITATE (OR) EDUCATE, AGITATE , ORGANISE ?
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Certainly, it’s an hotly debated issue and has given meaningful message to us. At some point in their journey every Ambedkarite is faced with the query, earlier in their movement or political journey “Whether it is Educate, Organise and Agitate OR Educate, Agitate and Organise. Whether the difference is Agitate at the end OR Organise at the end”.
The “REAL THREE GOLDEN WORDS or MANTRAS” given by Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was “EDUCATE, AGITATE, ORGANISE”.
A famous Thinker, Philosopher, Scholar, Bengali Writer Prof Arpita Chauni says in her highly Valued Book “Dr Ambedkar, Neo-Buddhism and Dalit Movement” as “Educate, Agitate and Organise – This is the famous mantra (formula) given by Dr Ambedkar to his followers”.
But It is Repeatedly Misquoted/Misquoting by Many Thinkers, Scholars, Popularly known Leaders of Political / Movements, Social Activists, Some of SC/ST Associations and other Organisations as “EDUCATE, ORGANISE, AGITATE” instead of “EDUCATE, AGITATE , ORGANISE”
This Confusion Continues even now endlessly just because the proper reading and understanding of Babasaheb Dr.B.R.Ambedkar as he conceived and conveyed is still lagging behind.
I would like to repeat again and again Babasaheb Dr.B.R.Ambedkar said, “Educate, Agitate, Organize and not never said, “Educate, Organise, Agitate”. It is quite sickening to see the repeated confusion prevail everywhere throughout the country.
Below are Two references taken from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches (BAWAS) published by Govt of Maharashtra in 2003.
Ref 1: “Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches” Vol-17, Part-2, Page-395
Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar organised a meeting on 9th march 1924 at Damodar Hall Bombay with the main objective to establish a Central Institute which would place the grievances of untouchables before the govt and after many discussions, It was decided to start a Central Institute with name “Bahishkrit Hitkarini Sabha”. The Vow and Slogan of the Institute was “Educate, Agitate and Organise”. The Sabha was established on 20th July 1924 and was registered under Society Act XX1 of 1860 . Dr B R Ambedkar was the Chairman of the managing committee.
Ref 2 : “Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches” Vol-17, Part-3, Pages – 273 & 276
The All India Depressed Classes Conference was held at Nagpur from 18th to 20th July 1942. Dr Ambedkar addressing the Conference on 20th July 1942 as under:- “My final words of advice to you is Educate, Agitate and Organise; have faith in yourselves and never lose hope. I shall always be with you as I know you will be with me. For ours is a battle, not for Wealth or for Power. It is a battle for Freedom. It is a battle for the Reclamation of Human Personality which has been suppressed and mutilated by the Hindu social system”.
The slogan Educate, Agitate and Organise has deep rooted meaning that can be understood as under in short ;
“One has to be Educated on social issues NOT a mere academic education and such a education Agitates their minds (internal revolution) and these agitated minds Organise themselves or would help the people to unite, strive a struggle for a common cause”.
The mob without proper education gets organised or involves in agitation then it will lead to utter chaos or violent protests and face many end up in confusion whereas people with proper education have more clear ideas about their wise methods of agitations and organisations. So the chances of confusion reduces and success increases due to involvement of properly educated people.
Very shockingly in Gujarat now, the BJP Govt trying to distort that famous slogan of Dr B R Ambedkar. The BJP Govt, in their 5th Standard Text book, a chapter titled “Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar” has changed the slogan from Educate, Agitate, Organise to Educate, Organise and Self-reliance. It is an attempt of BJP/RSS to appropriate Babasaheb so that they can continue to fulfil their agenda of Hindutva Or Hindu Rashtra or with such changes and falsifying the facts, they want to create wrong impressions in young minds so that when they grow up it would be easier to turn them into Bhaktis and in the name of Bhaktis Or religion, they are trying to establish MANU, the Socio-Cultural Ruler of Sanatan Or Sanatana Dharma, to maintain inequality Or Chaturvarnas Or Avarnas.
Why the BJP Govt afraid of Agitation of SCs and STs for their own rights? BJP/RSS knows or understands very well that SC/STs are taking Strong inspiration from Dr B R Ambedkar and every day SC/STs are rising/agitating against oppression. Therefore they are unable to digest Or plan to abolish the word “agitate”.
Babasaheb gave a Trinity of principles for the Social Transformation “Educate, Agitate and Organise”. It is important as well to use the slogan in the same way as advised by Dr B R Ambedkar. The order said by Our Saviour makes more sense than any other order of the slogan.
Hence, Please try to avoid this misquoting and use always as “EDUCATE, AGITATE, ORGANISE” in your Letter head, Visiting Cards, Banners and Correspondences with spirit as said by our Saviour, the Architect of Modern India, Father of Indian Constitution Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar and with the Mantras or Magic words, We will Fight against Sanatani, present bad shape of social order and to instil Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.