सीधे मुख्य सामग्री पर जाएं

Veteran Ambedkarite humanist who has worked for educating aspiring youngsters

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat 

Mr Shashikant Humane is a veteran Ambedkarite humanist based in Nagpur. Born in February 1939, Shashikant ji belonged to the generation of Ambedkarite who had seen Baba Saheb Ambedkar. In Maharashtra Dalit families, Baba Saheb and his struggle and achievements are part of the folklore in every family. Shashikant hailed from a thoroughly landless family yet with his determination and hard work, achieved things which can make anybody proud. He rose to become an officer in the government of Maharashtra and completed double MA and LLB while being in the job. To be candid, age never mattered for him as his curiosity and determination keeps him busy searching for new things which he shares with Ambedkarite fraternity. He is a voracious reader even today and continues to engage in translation work. He has been heading Samata Sainik Dal, Lashkari Bagh, Nagpur for the last 18 years. For two years he was head of the Buddhist Pensioners association. He also started Bahujan Hitay Sangathan.
He did not have the traditional land. Father did not have any land and hence was unable to earn. His mother used to make Beedis and was the sole breadwinner of the family. After some time, his father, started a small Pan-beedi thela but that was not enough to run the family. There were 9 people in the family and in the real sense, his mother was the only earner in the family. He got influenced b7 his mother who encouraged him to study and learn. Both the parents were Ambedkarite. They had seen Baba Saheb and heard stories about him. Many people would share what Baba Saheb wrote in Mooknayak or Samata. For an average Buddhist family in Maharashtra, Baba Saheb mean everything. Their morning start with his remembrance and nights end with his name. The cultural influence of Baba Saheb in the lives of Maharashtra people is extraordinary. It resulted in even the common illiterate person thinking of educating their children. That influenced the parents of Shashikant ji and they encouraged him to study further particularly his mother was a great influence. They used to go to see Baba Saheb whenever he came to Nagpur.
He faced a lot of difficulties but schooling was not hard and costly. He completed his matric from government school. Afterwards, he joined some office. After matriculation he appeared in polytechnic. He could not study English. He could not grasp the maths and science that time, he failed. He applied for a job. Most of his friends at that time were illiterate. He wrote a letter to the manager for a job after an advertisement. He got a call. It's around October 4th, 1957, when Sputnik was sent to the moon. This question was asked in the interview which he responded correctly in the interview.
After joining the job, he joined pre university also as he wanted to continue his studies and gain more knowledge. He used to go to college 730 to 9. He passed BA LLB from the same office. He also completed LLM . He applied in UPSC and MPSC. He got selected in the first attempt at Maharashtra Pradesh. He was selected as Gazetted Officer. He did not stop there. He then passed MA in Economics. He was not satisfied and completed an MA in English literature from Pune University. He was also selected for Income Tax. But due to family and other responsibilities, he could not join as his family, parents were living together.
He did not see Dr Ambedkar from a close angle. He heard him only through the parents and newspapers. He says, Dr Ambbedkar's name is sufficient for him. For him the ideas of Dr Ambedkar were important and that is why he remain committed to Baba Saheb's mission and ideology.
When I asked him as 'what influenced him most of Dr Ambedkar's life and mission ? Mr Shashikant Humane says that what he liked about Dr Ambedkar was that, ' He did not compromise with his principals. He was a thoroughly ethical person. He once said, 'why people are fearful of me because of my character.' That thing impressed him so much.
For me, it was interesting to know the history of 'Humne'. Most of the people call him Humne which is not really a word in English. Actually, I used to think that he was a humanist but when everyone was calling him Shashikant Humne ji, I asked him what exactly it was. I never thought it was a family surname. He responded to my question: 'I love this surname. It is humane only. It is not Humne. It is from the very beginning. I searched the dictionary. There is a meaning to it. This is his parents surname. There are several people in Nagpur. Some write like Humne. It is my parents name. Some quarters in Bhandara district, all people write Humane. Some of the people informed him about this. He had called a meeting for all those with a Humne surname.
He was actively involved with Samata Sainik Dal, started by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Samata Sainik Dal branch was being operated in front of him. He used to go for physical training. It was a coactivites for their games as well as SSD Branch. It was in the year 1957 to 1962, he was part of Samata Sainik Dal.

Book Translation

He translated many books from Hindi and English into Marathi and many Marthi books into English and Hindi. Some of them were History of Hindu Imperialism by Swami Dharmteerth, Cross Examination of Gita, Itihas ke panno par khoon ke dag by Bhagwati Sharan Upadhyay and the last one is Vivekvad.


His Son Abhiyan was born on October 7th, 1976 at Nagpur. They encouraged him to study what he wished. He was a man of scientific thinking and went to complete his Engineering in Electronics from VJTI. Afterwards, he went to Pune and got a Postgraduate Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. After that, he went to the US and got a degree in Broadcasting and New Mass Media from Wisconsin University. He wanted to further engage in a PhD programme and enrolled for it but due to various pressures and issues could not complete it. In the USA, he participated in the Black Lives Matter movement as well as supported the issues of LGBT. The faculty members were not so happy with him. He tried twice but they refused hence after some time he decided to return to India. He joined Indian Express for some time. Then he joined Shristhi School of Art, Design and technology in the year 2012. After that, he thought that he should use his knowledge for the community. He left his job and came here in July and went to Wardha and settled there. He has been associated with Nalanda Academy since May 2016. He wanted to groom the young boys and girls in science and technology. Within six month, he created so many things, a technological lab or what we call here Abhiyan Lab. He wanted to launch his satellite and wanted to encourage young boys and girls into science education. He went to Africa too where he stayed for a month. He organised a camp programme for youths from various Indian states under the banner of Nagpur Collective.
Tragically, Abhiyan passed away very untimely on February 8th, 2019 due to cardiac failure. This was shocking and for a parent passing away of a young energetic son is extremely painful and unbearable. Shashikanth ji and his wife Kanta ji kept their composure and decided to dedicate the rest of their lives to fulfill the dreams and mission of Abhiyan. Today, Shashikant ji proudly associated himself with Nalanda Academy near Wardha started by Mr Anoop Kumar and where Abhiyan completely dedicated himself for the cause of the growth of the academy.
Shashikant Humane wrote ' The Song of Abhiyan's Birthday' on October 7, 1983
'Thou art from the star,
Glittering lustger nonstop,
Bring happiness to all---
Unusual though flower,
Of Shashi Kanta,
Scattering fragrance
Enchanting pains of joy-
The feeling be known,
The deafs and dumbs,
Let clouds gather,
Sharing your sorrows,
May come times, upteen
This day of festivity,
Celebrating the life,
Puffing up this night.'
This conversation was recorded at the house of Shashikant Humane ji in Nagpur where I had gone to meet him and participate in his book release function on February 27th, 2022. He is a very warm and deeply knowledgeable personality.
A big salute to the spirited efforts of Mr Shashikant Humane for the cause of humanism and rationality. We wish success to his 'Abhiyan' to strengthen Nalanda Academy in Wardha. Rather than making loud claims and rhetorical speeches, Mr Shashikant Humane is a true embodiment of an Ambedkarite in action to help those who need our support and help.
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हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

Under Modi, democracy is regressing and economy is also growing slowly

By Avyaan Sharma*   India is "the largest democracy in the world", but now its democracy is regressing and its economy is also growing slowly. What has PM Modi's ten years in power brought us? Unemployment remains high. Joblessness is particularly high among India's youth - with those aged 15 to 29 making up a staggering 83% of all unemployed people in India, according to the "India Employment Report 2024", published last month by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

रैंकिंग: अधिकांश भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिरा, इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी

- प्रमोद रंजन*  अप्रैल, 2024 में भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों की अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उच्च रैंकिंग की चर्चा रही। मीडिया ने इसका उत्सव मनाया। लेकिन स्थिति इसके विपरीत है। वैश्विक विश्वविद्यालय रैंकिग में अच्छा स्थान मिलने की खबरें, कुछ संस्थानों को इक्का-दुक्का विषयों में मिले रैंक के आधार पर चुनिंदा ढंग से प्रकाशित की गईं थीं। वास्तविकता यह है कि हाल के वर्षों में हमारे अधिकांश विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिर गया है। इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी रही है।

प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने कुछ परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली: प्रमुख प्रस्थापनायें

- राणा सिंह   भारत में परजीवियों का एक विशाल समूह है जो बोलता है कि “सब कुछ माया है”,  लेकिन व्यवहार में यह समूह सारी जिंदगी इसी “माया” के पीछे पागल रहता है।  प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने इन परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली थी।

नोएडा में मैन्युअल स्कैवेंजर्स की मौत: परिवारों को मुआवजा नहीं, प्राधिकरण ने एफआईआर नहीं की

- अरुण खोटे, संजीव कुमार*  गत एक सप्ताह में, उत्तर प्रदेश में सीवर/सेप्टि क टैंक सफाई कर्मियों की सफाई के दौरान सेप्टिक टैंक में मौत। 2 मई, 2024 को, लखनऊ के वज़ीरगजं क्षेत्र में एक सेवर लाइन की सफाई करते समय शोब्रान यादव, 56, और उनके पत्रु सशुील यादव, 28, घटुन से हुई मौत। एक और घटना 3 मई 2024 को नोएडा, सेक्टर 26 में एक घर में सेप्टि क टैंक को सफाई करते समय दो सफाई कर्मचर्मारी नूनी मडंल, 36 और कोकन मडंल जिसे तपन मडंल के नाम से जानते हैं, की मौत हो गई। ये सफाई कर्मचर्मारी बंगाल के मालदा जिले के निवासी थे और नोएडा सेक्टर 9 में रहते थे। कोकन मडंल अपनी पत्नी अनीता मडंल के साथ रहते थे। इनके तीन स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे हैं जो बंगाल में रहते हैं। नूनी मडंल अपनी पत्नी लिलिका मडंल और अपने पत्रु सजुान के साथ किराए पर झग्गी में रहते थे। वे दैनिक मजदरूी और सफाई कर्मचर्मारी के रूप में काम करते थे।

दाँव उल्टा पड़ा: राहुल गांधी के रूप में हम एक साधारण इंसान को नायक होते देख रहे हैं

-  अमिता नीरव  संघ औऱ बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी पर जो सोचकर ‘इन्वेस्ट’ किया था, उसके परिणाम गंभीर रूप से नुकसानदेह आ रहे हैं। ये थोड़ी अटपटी बात लग सकती है, लेकिन सोचिएगा कि संघ और बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी को जितना गंभीरता से लिया, उनकी संभावनाओं को लेकर वे जितना श्योर थे, उतना तो खुद राहुल और कांग्रेस भी नहीं थी।

बिहार के ऐतिहासिक विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय के खंडहरों की परिक्रमा का रोमांचक अवसर

- सुमन्त शरण  कुछ दिन पहले एक सुदूर ग्रामीण अंचल (पीरपैंती)  से तकरीबन डेढ़-दो घंटे की दूरी पर अवस्थित ऐतिहासिक बौद्ध विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय (के अवशेषों) की परिक्रमा का अवसर मिला। विक्रमशीला विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना पाल वंश के राजा धर्मपाल ने की थी। 8वीं शताब्दी से 12वीं शताब्दी के अंत तक यह विश्वविद्यालय भारत के प्रमुख शिक्षा केंद्रों में से एक हुआ करता था। कहा जाता है कि यह अपने कुछेक अत्यंत अनूठे नवाचार के चलते उस समय नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय का सबसे बड़ा प्रतिस्पर्धी था। हालांकि, मान्यता यह भी है कि अल्प अवधि के लिए दोनों विश्वविद्यालय के बीच शिक्षण एवं प्रबंधन के क्षेत्रों में घनिष्ठ पारस्परिक संबंध एवं शिक्षकों के आदान-प्रदान का सिलसिला भी रहा था। यह विश्वविद्यालय तंत्रशास्त्र की पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा विख्यात था। इस विषय का एक सबसे विख्यात छात्र अतीसा दीपनकरा था, जो बाद में तिब्बत जाकर बौद्ध हो गया। इसके प्रथम कुलपति ज्ञान अतिस थे।