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Ambedkar Awards


Ambedkar Award

Sponsored by: Mr Sornam Sankar, Dr Sundeep Pattem, and Mr Sandeep Chavan, all from USA)



Bhupali Mangare, BAPSA

Ms Bhupali Vitthal Magare is currently studying in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a Ph.D researcher in Centre for African Studies. She was the president of Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) from 2016-17. She has been active in Ambedkarite movement, anti-caste movement since her college days. After Khairlanji massacre, Bhupali participated and raised her voice against injustice. She has been vocal on the issues of caste atrocities, discrimination in higher education, violence against women and oppressed gender, rights of students, scavengers, and other vulnerable sections in Indian society. She is now one of the elected students’ representative in GSCASH (Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment). She is an unrelenting fighter with an aim to achieve Equality, Liberty, Fraternity and Justice to all in Indian society.



Periyar Award

Sponsored by:Periyar International, USA



Manjula Pradeep, Manuski Center, Pune, Maharashtra

Ms Manjula Pradeep is currently working as senior consultant with Manuski in Pune, Maharashtra. She hailed from Gujarat and has been working in the field of human rights in India for the past 25 years. She was an Executive Director of Navsarjan Trust, Gujarat for years. She also worked as a co-chair of International Dalit Solidarity Network. She has been addressing the issue of caste and gender based discrimination in the international forums mainly in the United Nations and in the European Parliament since 2001. She undertook a campaign to end violence against women in Gujarat covering 300 villages between 2014 and 2015.



Kaila Neelambram and Vazramma Award

Sponsored by: Mr Benjamin P Kaila, USA



Radhika Vemula, Hyderabad

Ms Radhika Vemula is the mother of Late Mr Rohit Vemula, brilliant Dalit scholar who committed suicide due to discrimination in Hyderabad Central University, India. Shattered by his death she had been relentlessly fighting with mighty forces to get justice to her son and others like him. She rejected help from the authorities to keep the case alive and has been earning her livelihood as a tailor. As a Dalit orphan in a caste Hindu family, she had very hard life. Still, she inspired her children to get the best education possible. She herself completed bachelors and planning to get her masters. She is an inspiration to everyone, especially to Dalit women.



Late Narasaiah and Anasurya Battula Award

Sponsored by: Mr Satya Anasurya, USA



Mr Vasudevan and Ms Uma, Babasaheb Ambedkar Free Night Center, Chennai

Ms Uma and her husband Mr Vasudevan’s story is remarkable. Vasudevan studies upto 10th grade. He is an auto driver with moderate income. Wife and husband, together have been running Babasaheb Ambedkar Free Night Center in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu for the past 7 years. They help nearly 300 kids living in the slums imparting them skills in computer, tailoring, and education. Due to their selfless efforts, nearly 25 students are able to go to college every year. They also help old and widows in their locality. They employ 9 teachers. Due to lack of resources, at times they have to pawn their jewelry to pay the salary. Small donations now and then help them to continue their work.


Ambedkar Scholarships

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Intitutional Help

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