On social media these days there is one poster that is being circulated, which some says is from Delhi. In this billboard picture, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is shown picking the rubbish and dumping into the dustbin. Is shows casteist mindset of those who have put such billboard.
On the poster, it is written in Hindi that “आपके अंदर के बाबा साहेब को आप जागृत करें।” गंदगी के खिलाफ इस महान अभियान में अपना योगदान दें।
(Wake up the spirit of Babasaheb Ambedkar inside you. Participate in this great campaign of cleaning rubbish.)
This is a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and billboard has been put by Antyodaya Group, as it says on the billboard concept and design by Antyodaya Group. Such a casteist mindset of people working at Antyodaya Group. Founder of Antyodaya Group is Sourav Panda, Brahmin, so we can’t expect any better from such casteist people.
Would this group put billboards showing Ram or Sita picking up the rubbish?
Would this group put billboards showing Savarkar, Mohan Bhagwat or Hedgewar entering the sewerage and cleaning the gutters?
No, they won’t because cleaning jobs are reserved for so-called lower castes only. No? So-called upper castes can make the mess and dump rubbish all over the place but cleaning is reserved for so-called lower castes. Welcome to casteist India!
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar who was the messiah of millions is shown in such a bad light, which is unfortunate but the reality of casteist mindset of so-called upper castes in India.
BJP/RSS government is behind all this Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and has hurt the sentiments of Bahujan communities. This billboard is showing how sick these so-called upper castes are and how much they hate Babasaheb Ambedkar.
It is not surprising at all that such posters showing Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar picking the rubbish has come up under BJP/RSS government when Prime Minister Modi himself has praised manual scavenging work and comparing it with a way to achieve ‘nirvana’.
Babasaheb Ambedkar’s hands which used hold the Constitution of India directing towards Parliament and get educated for your rights. Modi government made those hands rubbish picker.
These casteist people should clean the rubbish from their mind first.
According to some other reports, such posters are being installed all-over the India and same poster has come up in Nagpur also.
The best way for Bahujan communities to reply to such posters is to install posters of Ram, Sita, Savarkar, Hedhewar and other Brahmin leaders showing them entering the gutter and cleaning the gutters. At least they can clean in posters, no? In reality, they won’t ever.
Note – After Dalits’ protest against the putting up such a demeaning poster against Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, it was taken down. On Twitter, twitter handle of Ministry of Railways and the group behind putting the billboard tweeted that billboard showing Babasaheb Ambedkar picking the rubbish has been removed.