Bengaluru, July 9: Bengaluru will be hosting a Babasaheb Ambedkar International Conference on 'Reclaiming Social Justice, Revisiting Ambedkar' with an aim to highlight constitutional, institutional and policy responses to concerns of equity, human rights, freedom and democracy.
This international conference on social justice will be held in Bengaluru from July 21 to 23, an official statement said here on Saturday. "The conference will unveil the 'Bengaluru Declaration' outlining specific constitutional, institutional and policy responses to concerns of equity, human rights, freedom and democracy," said the statement said. This conference will be organised by the Karnataka government where Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Human Rights Advocate and Activist Martin Luther King III, and 83 international, 149 national and 80 state-level speakers including academics, activists and policy-makers will address about 2,000 participants at the conference.
As the conference also commemorates the 126th birth anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution, life and works of Ambedkar will be deliberated upon as they are still relevant to the social, political and economic justice across the country and the world over said the statement. "The conference is being held when regressive forces have been attacking the idea of India. They are doing by dismantling institutions and destroying the pluralistic fabric of the nation," said state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a preview of the international meet. Further Chief Minister said that the political dispensation was being misused to further its ideological agenda, chipping away the edifice of equity, liberty, equality and fraternity.
"As a result, hatred and violence on Dalits, Adivasis and minorities have risen exponentially during the last three years. The marginalised and vulnerable are denied access and opportunities to a better life, posing threat to the inclusive conception of polity and citizenship," mourned Siddaramaiah. "The conference will strive to resolve all these concerns. We will form an 'alliance of equity' to lay the foundation of a new India for a new time," he added.