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Karuna Strategic Plan 2009-2013

2009.04.11. Categorized: Uncategorized   

The greatest thing that the Buddha has done is to tell the world that it can not be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of man, and the mind of the world.
(Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Dalit Leader & First Indian Law Minister)


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To support and empower the most disadvantaged children, women and men in South Asia to meet their needs, access their legal rights and participate fully in society.

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Social solidarity

2009.04.06. Categorized: Uncategorized   

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Theft of electricity and the life style of romanies in rural Hungary

2009.03.26. Categorized: Uncategorized   

(Photo: © Fazekas István)A proposal by the Jai Bhim Network which runs the Dr Ambedkar High School that prepayment meters for electricity supplies to Romany families in Sajokaza has revealed the life threatening poverty of a thousand gypsies who have been accused of stealing electricity. This situation is further complicated by the economic crisis affecting public funds.

In Sajokaza Sólyom Terrace was built for coal miners in 1900 with twenty housing units. There weren’t any public utilities then and there still aren’t. The housing units are now in very poor condition. The layout of these houses is rudimentary: a small hallway leading to a dark room. Most of this tottering row of housing had no wiring to install electricity. At head level a mass of tangled wires can now be seen outside where electricity is being stolen. In 1986 another terrace was built It was called Ch Housing meaning cheap housing. They had no water pipes, no tarmacadam on the roads leading to them and it’s ankle deep in mud whenever it rains.

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Janos Orsos: Following in Babasaheb’s footsteps

2009.03.25. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Following in Babasaheb's footsteps (Janos Orsos tells of his life and struggles as a European Dalit)Janos Orsos tells of his life and struggles as a European Dalit.

I am a gypsy. I was born and brought up in Hungary, but I do not consider myself a Hungarian - I am a gypsy. Let me explain what that means. Many people think that gypsies are nomadic, but the great majority of gypsies in Eastern Europe are settled. They live mainly in villages, but right on the edge, in segregated streets. Hungary is a western country, viewed from the third world, but the gypsies here live like people in the third world. They live in streets or neighbourhoods where there is no tap water, no street lighting, no sewage - but if you go just a few metres away to the non-gypsy streets next to them you will find all these facilities.

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Request for Pardon

2009.02.04. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Your Excellency
President of Hungary Sólyom László,

Winter 2008, Sajókaza. Photo: Szederkényi JúliaWe write to you requesting that you grant Varga Dénes an official pardon. Varga Dénes was sentenced to one year in prison in 2008, which became a highly known and well-publicized sentencing because of Népszabadság’s December 31st issue from the same year. He has been charged with illegally wiring electricity to his home after all service was cut. The onslaught of negative attention has caused much distress for Varga Dénes during these last several months. He is the patriarch of his household, rearing six children and has not been able to find gainful employment for quite some time because of Photo: Manfred Grit.both the libel and slander of his name. What’s worse is that he’s been labeled, as a vagrant within the media, making it even more difficult to find a job that allows him to effectively support is family. Even with his current employment, his financial viability falls well below that of the national level for being able to pay is monthly electricity bills. Much like many other residents of Sajókaza, the electric company completely removed all meters and supplies for servicing electricity to homes, in 2006. Since that time, there have been many makeshift attempts to rewire power lines by residents of Sajókaza so that they might once again have basic lighting for their everyday tasks.

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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

Our Inspiration (3rd Part)
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

Our Inspiration (4th Part)
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

Our Inspiration (5th Part)
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).

Our Inspiration 6th Part

Our Inspiration (6th Part)
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.

Our Inspiration 7th Part

Our Inspiration (7th Part)
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.

All of the Parts in One

Our Inspiration

  • Chandrakirti: I like ur views on Bhim Jayanti... And i jst can say "Jai Bhim".....
  • Sunil Sagar: Jai Bhim Janos it's great seeing Dr. Ambedkar's follower in Hungary. The Emancipator, The god of Small. What Millions of god and goddess of Hindu's c
  • Ashwin Jangam: Struggle for liberation of Mulnivasis When freedom struggle of our country was going on, we were dual slaves. The Arya Brahmin
  • Ashwin Jangam: Jaibhim Abhinav Thank you Abhinav for putting up a superb photos of our ancestors to know our peop

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Memorial Schedule

24 September: Pune Pact between Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar in 1932

14 October: Conversion in Nagpur of Dr. Ambedkar and his Dalit followers in 1956: “Dhammadiksha” or “Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din”

28 November: The Day of Orientalists (Körösi Csoma Sándor started his mysterious Eastern journey in 1819.)

5 November - 14 December: The Lőrinc family in Sajógalgóc gave shelter to four Jewish youngsters who had escaped labour camp.

19 January: Martin Luther King Day

11 February: The Day of Freedom in Religion: In 1676 the dutch admiral Michael de Ruyter freed the Hungarian galley slave praechers: e.g. Túróczi Végh András from Fülek, Kálnai Péter from Putnok, Szalóczi Mihály from Zubogy

14 April: Birthday of Dr. Ambedkar

2 May: Birthday of the Buddha

2 August: The Day of Gypsies’ Holocaust in 1944

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