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DOM celebrates the birth anniversary of Sir Chhotu Ram, a messiah for farmers

Jammu, November 24 (Scoop News)-Dalit OBC Minority (DOM), a wing of All India Confederation of SC ST OBC Organisations, celebrated the birth anniversary of late Sh Chhotu Ram, a 20th-century social leader and politician, here in Jammu today. A cake was also cut by the members during the event and a tribute was paid to his legacy, especially his active role in upgrading the life of farmers, in light of the recent repealment of the Farm Laws by the union government.

Sir Chhotu Ram was born on 24th Nov 1881 in Punjab Province. He was given the title of 'Sir' for his honesty in social work and ground-level work for the farmers.

RK Kalsotra, State President DOM, All India Confederation, said that the legacy of Chhotu Ram becomes even more relevant in current times, as the farmers have shown again their strength in challenging the government. Due to continuous protest and struggle, the farmers could force the government to repeal the three black Farms Laws which were passed by the government earlier.

In 1920, Sir Chhotu Ram tried to create a non-sectarian peasant group consciousness which was a cross-communal alliance of Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim agriculturists. Just like the ideals of Dr BR Ambedkar, Chhotu Ram pushed for education and compassion for the lower castes as well as classes.

Dr BR Ambedkar's slogan 'Educate, Agitate, Organize' also becomes of relevance in the current socio-political milieu in which the rights of SC/ST/OBC and other minorities are being crushed down by the state agencies. Thus, it becomes important that we celebrate the legacy of our great leaders, like Chhotu Ram and Dr Ambedkar, and learn from their ideals.

Sardar Narendra Singh Khalsa, from Sikh Intellectual, said that Sir Chhota Ram was a prime figure to unite people from all different faiths cutting across communal lines. In recent times there have been various instances that promote communalism, thus we should learn this from Sir Chhotu Ram.

Ch. Kamal Singh, President Jat Kalyan Sabha said that in the early 20th century, due to the vulnerable condition of the Dalits and the Muslims, Sir Chhotu Ram came forth to remit their financial problems and thus he got the name, Deen Bandhu. He was conscious of their problems and tried his best to address them.

Sardar Harasis Singh Kranti said that to remember the legacy of personalities like Sir Chhotu Ram is the need of the hour. Moreover, he congratulated RK Kalsotra and the members of DOM who actively celebrate such events to bring such personalities into the limelight and this helps us to learn from their legacy. Sardar Joginder Singh was also present at the event and paid his tribute to Chhotu Ram and added that we should remember his contributions in the present scenario where the vulnerable sections of society, minorities and farmers are being denied their rights.

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