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Amrita’s mail to Mayur and Mayur’s mail to Tibor

2009.02.03. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Swati, Amrita and Luisa in Jaibhim house at SajókazaHi Mayur,

Let me introduce myself first. My name is Amrita (Indian, from Bihar) and I am currently a student at Central European University in Budapest. You must be wondering how instead of Tibor its me who is
replying to your mail. So, here is the story. I have been in touch with Tibor and his organisation since Christmas last year i.e. 2008. I came to know them through a common friend Swati and visited them to
celebrate Christmas. I took on a small assignment i.e. teach English to Roma women associated with the organization during the weekend. It is my first day on the teaching job :-) and Tibor asked me to write to you sharing my experiences till now.

You must be aware that Tibor’s organization is working in the field of Roma education and has been actively incorporating teachings from Buddhism in the way they function. Apart from children they engage with women (both old and young) whom they see as their vital partners in bringing positive change.

MayurI would begin my account with my first visit to Tibor which was full of pleasant surprises. I had no clue that so far away from home, hidden in a small village (Sajokaza) in north Hungary, I would find a
house with posters of Ambedkar and Buddha and so much to teach me on Dalit movement. I must confess that before this trip I had limited knowledge on Ambedkar. It was from here that I picked up a book on Ambedkar by Gail Omvedt and I am glad that I did so. Apart from being educational, the trip was a unique opportunity for me to interact with Roma community and celebrate Christmas with strangers who overwhelmed me with their warmth and hospitality. You might know that the ethnic
origin of the Roma is said to be South Asian. Though there are few similarities we can trace now between our lifestyles but its still fascinating to see how similar we are in looks.

During this trip I also made a visit to the Roma habitation. On first impression, an Indian might say that people here are better off compared to some of our villages, say in Bihar or Orissa. But, here in
a country which is part of the rich European Union, the conditions Roma live in, is nothing but a proof of the deliberate oversight of the government. If you read up on Hungarian politics, the current
government is known to follow text-book style neoliberal policies which have been highly detrimental to the poor. It is no surprise that the gypsy population is at the rock bottom of their priorities. Almost
all families in Sajokaza steal electricity and live under despicable conditions. I was told that there used to be industries around earlier but after their closure and due to limited opportunities in Budapest
or nearby cities the lives of gypsies now hangs by tenter hooks. We visited a family where the head of the family was to be sent to jail for stealing electricity for one year. It is shocking to see the
disproportionate nature of the punishment. Tibor’s organization has tried to bring the issue in larger public view using the local media. They want to create awareness about the deeper faults that lie in the village administration. However, we are still to see if the efforts bring the desired results.

As I mentioned before, it is my second visit to Sajokaza and I have a teaching job at hand. The village is a 3 and half hour ride by train from Budapest. Currently, it is snow-clad which is definitely a
pleasant sight for a person with tropical origins :-) It is my first experience in teaching and am looking forward to it.

This will be all for now from my side. I hope that my account gave you some idea of life and people so far away from Nagpur but joined in a common struggle :-) If you have any more questions you could copy your mails to (N/A data).

Best Regards,

Hi Tibor

How are you sir.long days has gone u send me email i feel happy. i am working with infosys since one year,. how u life is going on, say hellow to janos. One thing is that I could not understand this language . kindly request please forword email in english laguage.,So it would be very much fine to understand me u r felling.

Mayur Pillewar

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Our Inspiration 1st Part

Our Inspiration (1st Part)
Jai Bhim is a cheerful greeting. Ten million Indians greet each other in this manner. They're the Dalits who are a proud community. They inherited an extremely difficult life. Their parents and grandparents and untold generations before them were outcasts in society. Even today they still encounter prejudice and experience helplessness.
For more than a millenium their ancestors lived as outcasts. People had a horror of touching them. Others even avoided being in their proximity as their shadow was considered polluting. If they went to school they were seated separately, If they were able to obtain work they did the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs.

Our Inspiration 2nd Part

Our Inspiration (2nd Part)
With their greeting of Jai Bhim they remind each other of their own successful revolution in 1956 for their human rights. Their cause is sacred. It inspires us here in Hungary, as we also face segregation and prejudice today. We would like to know discrimination is a thing of the past.
The dalit's story is like a fairy tale.

Our Inspiration 3rd Part

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Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a seventeen year old untouchable boy in a big family, His name was Bhim. He was the youngest child among 14 siblings. He surpassed all of them because of his brilliant mind. A wealthy maharaj acknowledged his poverty and bestowed a scholarship on him. Bhim was aware that Indian schools were being discriminatory and practiced segregation. Therefore, he tried his fortune in London and New York where he achieved university degrees. He received the title Dr. Ambedkar when he returned home to serve his people as a barrister.

Our Inspiration 4th Part

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Nevertheless, he was considered as an untouchable in accordance with the holy books of the Hindu religion. Therefore, he convened with his friends and publicly burned Manu's Laws, the Hindu holy script which bids the Hindu to hold the Untouchable in disdain. He became a human right fighter and his authority was constantly growing throughout the whole country. When India gained independence in 1947 he was nominated as law minister. He was entrusted with drafting the Constitution for the country. He wrote in it that discrimination is forbidden.

Our Inspiration 5th Part

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In his old age the Dalit people addressed him with veneration as Dr. Babasaheb. He and his laws, however respected they were, he still stared frustratedly at the discrimination existing all over the country. He decided then to show the people a spiritual alternative. As our judgment is determined by our faith, he took an oath: "I was born a Hindu Untouchable. It was beyond my power to prevent that but I declare that it is within my power to refuse to live under ignoble and humiliating conditions. I solemnly assure you that I will not die a Hindu". He abjured hindu religion that had brought so much suffering and humiliation to the Untouchable people (today's Dalits).

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He studied thoroughly all the faiths of the world. He was seeking a religion which fitted together with reason, with modern science, and which declared liberty, fraternity and equality amongst people. He decided to follow the path of the Indian prince who lived 2500 years ago: he would be a follower of the Buddha. This was a decision of profound importance for the Dalits because the Buddha is venerated thoughout the world, and India is entitled to take pride in her great son. Dr. Ambedkar showed his astuteness: all of us can choose the way to be respected, we can change our fate for the better. Hundreds of thousands followed Ambedkar to the magnificent ceremony in Nagpur in October 1956. This was the rebirth of Buddhism in India. Babasaheb died six weeks later.

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Those who at that time embraced a new world view with him, they are today grandfathers and grandmothers. Their grandchildren are as numerous as the whole population of Hungary. They follow Ambedkar's example: they face even the biggest difficulties in all things - to study and to exercise their human rights.

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