OBCs to project Ashoka as icon of marginalised

OBCs to project Ashoka as icon of marginalised
April 14 09:49 2016 Print This Article
April 14 will witness the first-ever show of strength in the capital by members of the communities who claim to be descendants of Emperor Ashoka’s clan, projecting him as an icon of the weak and the marginalised. A public function has been planned at Ashoka Mission in Mehrauli’s Lado Sarai area to mark the occasion.A demand will be raised in the meeting that the Mauryan emperor’s birth anniversary be declared a national holiday . The event is likely to get a political colour with the proposed mobilisation of some OBC communities such as Sakya, Maurya, Kushwaha and Saini, who trace their descent to Gautam Buddha, also known as Sakyamuni, and emperor Ashoka.

The organiser, Internatio nal Buddhist Confederation (IBC), wants to send out a message of peace through the event given emperor Ashoka’s belief in Buddhism.

Incidentally , emperor Ashoka’s birth anniversary , which is observed on a different date every year, according to the Hindu lunar calendar, is coinciding this time with the anniversary of B R Ambedkar, the father of India’s Constitution who is revered as an icon of change by Dalits and the marginalised.

The event is likely to bring the four OBC communities and their representatives in many other organisations to a common platform. Union minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha will be the chief guest and and minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju will be the guest of honour. “Upendra Kushwaha has been invited as he is from the Kushwaha community and Rijiju will be there due to his Buddhist connection,“ Lama Lobzang said. He said no political speeches would be allowed during the event.

Set up in 2012, IBC serves as a common platform for Buddhist organisations across the globe. “This is the first time that the day will be observed on a large-scale here.Several thousands Buddhists from NCR and beyond are expected to converge at Ashoka Mission to participate in the day-long celebrations,“ Lobzang added.

Author , Ambika Pandit, TOI, New Delhi


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