Shanti Swarup Bauddh: He spent his whole life for the Bahujans

I am so shocked and heart broken to inform you of the passing away of Br. Bauddhacharya Shanti Swarup Bauddhji on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at about 7:00 am in the hospital due to COVID-19.

Baudhji, an Ambedkarite Buddhist was a writer, fiery orator, activist, great Bahujan publisher, and painter of world repute. He left the government position of a gazetted officer; and dedicated his entirety with all means to make cultural, artistic, literary, and social revolution successful among the Bahujans.

He was born on October 2,1948 in a relatively better off Jatav family of political background in Old Delhi. He has been living in Paschim Puri for more than 25 years.

He left behind- his wife, 4 sons, 4 daughter–in-laws, and 8 grandchildren. His father has been working as the President of the Republican Party of India (RPI), Delhi from 1965 to 1967.

Baudhji was made the General Secretary of the RPI, Delhi in 1970.

He founded Samyak Prakashan. In 1975, to identify the identity of the idigenous people / Moolniwasis of India, the process of starting Samyak Prakashan was initiated, but regular publication of books started in 1997. More than 1000 books have been published by 2013, and about 300 writers are associated with the publication. He published illustrated books on the life stories of more than 60 characters.

The Samyak Prakashan publications won bronze medal in 2017, silver medal in 2018, and silver medal in 2019 in World Book Fairs for literature and display. Many texts published by Samyak Prakashan have been awarded by national and international institutions.

This Prakashan has been striving to publish glorious Buddhist culture, and literature related to the native revolutionary heroes. It is dedicated to the wide publicity of the Bahujan mission, and for publishing Buddhism, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Ashoka, Phule, Sahuji Maharaj, and other social reformers, revolutionaries of the country, and their mission.

In fact, the literature published by this Publication has played the role of an alternative media for the depressed, oppressed, underprivileged and women society of the country. This publication played a respectable role in establishing the Bahujan-Moolniwasi identity through language and words.

He has been working as the National Vice- President of the Buddhist Society of India (BSI) of which Ms Meera Tai Ambedkar, the daughter-in-law of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar has been the President.

He was the Patron of the ‘Youth for Buddhist India’, of which Mr Hari Bhartiji is the President. He has been organizing the Samyak Sammelan in Talkatora Stadium, Delhi every year to honour those who work in the society.

Also, he has been very actively participating without any position in Samta Buddha Vihar, Paschim Puri, New Delhi.

He had deeply studied Buddhism, and was considered as one of the pillars of Buddhism. He had been working as a member of the Board of Editors of representative journal of the Buddhist movement ‘Dhamma Darpan’; also was a member of the Board of Editors of ‘Dalit Dastak’, a famous Youtube news channel. He was the winner of several national and international awards.

 He was my friend and neighbour in Delhi. Last, I had a conversation with him on April 30, 2020.  He spent his whole life for the Bahujans, and lived the life as a true Ambedkarite Buddhist.

‘Life is uncertain; death is certain’

The sudden demise of Bauddhji is not only the loss of his family, but it is an unfulfilled loss to the Bahujan movement in near future.

My deepest sympathies are to the family.

With regards,
Your’s in the mission,
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-Dr Ambedkar International Mission (AIM), Toronto (Registered), Canada
-Confederation of Bahujan (Ambedkarite, Buddhist, Ravidassi, Valmiki, Backward, & Minorities) Organizations (CBO) of Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Canada


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