What is BAMCEF?
‘BAMCEF’ is working since 1973 and is known to Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj as an organization of the educated employees from the Scheduled castes, Scheduled tribes, Other Backward Classes and the Converted Minority communities. ‘BAMCEF’ word is an abbreviated name of the organization. The various letters in the abbreviation stand for different words like: B – stands for Backward which includes S.C., ST. and O.B.C; A- stands for And; M- stands for Minority; C- stands for Communities; E- stands for Employees and F- stands for Federation i.e. Backward And Minority Communities Employees Federation. Thus BAMCEF derives its meaningful name from the long form – The All India Backward (S.C., ST., O.B.C.) and Minority Communities Employees Federation”.
The term Backward has reference in the article 16(4) of the Constitution of India. The S.C., ST. and O.B.C. have been jointly referred to as Backwards because all the castes, falling in these categories, are backward. But the degree of backwardness varies. This is due to the doctrine of graded inequality, professed by Brahminism. The Scheduled castes, Scheduled tribes and Other Backward Class people are well aware that they all are suffering due to caste discrimination and historically they are one class of people -the original inhabitants of this land.
As far as the term Minority is concerned, it refers to the religious minorities. Social scientists have proved that during the course of history some of the Mulnivasi (indigenous people) of India i.e. the present day S.C., ST. and O.B.C. got converted to different religions at different point of time. These mainly include Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists. It is for this reason that we have decided to organize employees from S.C., ST., O.B.C. and Converted Minority communities. The organization was registered in the year 1987 with the Registrar of societies, Delhi under registration No. S-17809.
Mission of BAMCEF
BAMCEF derives an inspiration from the life and mission of our forefather’s viz. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Rashtrapita Jyotirao Phuley, Rashtranirmata Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and Jana Nayak Birsa Munda. The mission of BAMCEF is the mission of these forefathers. BAMCEF is working for the objective for which our fore-fathers have shed their life. The objective of our fore-fathers was to uproot Brahminism the spirit of inequality and to establish and preserve a new social system based on humanity and the principles of Equality, Liberty, Fraternity and Justice. Rashtrapita Jyotirao Phuley and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar were not interested in the changes in the existing social system but they wanted to change the system itself and preserve human dignity of the individual. ‘Self help and self respect’ was the slogan of their movement. The change of social system is the long term objective of BAMCEF. BAMCEF has decided to achieve this objective in stages and therefore designed some short term objectives. These are dealt with separately in this booklet. In order to achieve the objective, BAMCEF is determined to strengthen the sense of Social responsibility towards their brethren amongst Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj.
BAMCEF does not believe in the welfare of few individuals but wanted to raise the level of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj as a whole. It is worthwhile to mention here that once Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar wrote to Mr. Dadasaheb Gaikwad that there are two views of looking at the oppressed and exploited society. First is to develop individuals merit as some social thinkers are of the view that Individuals misdeeds and behavior is responsible for his oppression, exploitation and poverty. Such social thinkers then undertake to work for the personality development such as de-addiction from alcohol, health care programs, blood donation camp, co-operative movements, establish libraries and other programs to develop virtues in the individual person. Another view is to raise the social level of the oppressed and exploited society as a whole. The circumstances and limitation surrounding individual in which he leads his life, is responsible for the sorrow and poverty of the individual.
Dr. Ambedkar stated that if both the views are compared and analyzed carefully, it is the second view which appears to be more correct and justifiable. In the first case the status of few individuals .nay improve in the society but status of society as a whole shall not be raised and our objective is not to improve the status of few individuals but to raise the status of the entire society. BAMCEF is committed to the view taken by Dr. Ambedkar and does not want to use its energy for the improvement of few individuals.
Our fore-fathers Rashtrapita Jyotirao Phuley, Perilya E. V. Ramasamy and Rashtranirmata Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar have set the objective of their movement as social revolution. They have tirelessly fought to achieve this objective and certainly succeeded to some extent but still objective is not realized. Therefore BAMCEF has dedicated itself to fulfill the objective set forth by our fore-fathers. This is the reason why BAMCEF is not engaged in the welfare activities and charitable work. However it may use these activities as a tool to accomplish objective if need be. Due care shall be taken while undertaking such activities whether they will be helpful in achieving the objectives.
The objective of social revolution is the most gigantic and tedious task. Our forefathers have made efforts for thousands of years and shed their life to achieve this objective but still it is not accomplished. Therefore it is mission for BAMCEF. Lakhs of people are required to be engaged to accomplish this mission. BAMCEF is dedicated to the mission of social revolution i.e. to bring about structural changes in the social system.
Heroes and hero-worship is a hard fact in India's political life. I agree that hero-worship is demoralising for the devotee and dangerous to the country. I welcome the criticism so far as it conveys the caution that you must know your man is really great before you start worshipping him. This unfortunately is not an easy task. For in these days with the Press in hand it is easy to manufacture Great Men. Carlyle used a happy phrase when he described the Great Men of history as so many bank notes. Like bank notes they represent gold. What we have to see that they are not forged notes. I admit that we ought to be more cautious in our worship of Great Men. For in this country we have arrived at such a stage when alongside the notice boards saying "Beware of pickpockets", we need to have notice boards saying "Beware of Great Men". Even Carlyle who defended the worship of Great Men warned his readers how: "Multitudes of Great Men have figured in history who were false and selfish ".
- Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
Jai Bheem! Jai Mulnivasi!!
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