Addressing a Special Convention on the 55th death anniversary of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, organized by the ICEU, Chennai Division-I, Com.K.Samuelraj, General Secretary, Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) , made a comparison of similarities between Karl Marx and Dr.Ambedkar in their outlook and approach. He disclosed that although a nine-member committee was formed with Dr.Ambedkar and other leaders like Shri.T.T.Krishnamachari, to draft the Constitution, ultimately it was left solely to Dr.Ambedkar to complete the job even though he was critically ill at that time. Com.Samuelraj also recalled that Dr.Ambedkar was of the firm belief that the movement for securing freedom for India and that for the upliftment of the dalits and other oppressed sections of the population should go together. Com.Samuelraj also lauded the role of AIIEA, its leaders and cadres and their involvement and support to the historic movement being conducted by the TNUEF for eradication of untouchability.
Greeting the Convention, Com.K.Swaminathan, General Secretary, SZIEF who is also actively involved in the TNUEF movement, described the multi-faceted roles played by Dr.Ambedkar in the Indian political scenario. His arduous struggles against social oppression, contributions for the economic development of the country on socialistic pattern and his unrelenting fight against British imperialism among many others had helped to understand his personality, Com.Swaminathan said and described the role played by the AIIEA from the very beginning on the issues of social reforms like reservation for the oppressed communities, etc. He concluded by stating that the TNUEF had afforded an opportunity to the AIIEA’s units and cadres for playing a very vital role in the task of fighting untouchability and eradicating all symbols of social oppression.
While Com.V.Shrikanthan, Vice-President, ICEU, Chennai Division-I, presided over the meeting, Com.S.Rameshkumar, General Secretary, ICEU, proposed a vote of thanks. The audience in the meeting comprised of comrades from both the life and general sectors and fraternal trade unions.