|Founded||6 December 1978 (Birth of BAMCEF Convention at Delhi)|
|Founder(s)||Kanshiram, D.K. Khaparde, Dina Bhana|
The All India Backward (SC, ST, OBC) And Minority Communities Employees' Federation, known as BAMCEF, is an organization of employees from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Religious Minority Communities(Muslims, Buddhist, Jain, Sikhs, etc.) ) in India.
The BAMCEF association was launched in 1971 and finally became a federation in the Year 1973. Mr. Kanshiram who collaborated with colleagues Mr. D. K. Khaparde, Ram Khobragade, C.P Thorat, Namdevo Kamble, Mahonar aate and others colleagues to build the initiative. After five years rigorous fieldwork all over India, "Birth of BAMCEF Convention" was held in Delhi in 1978 and organization was then officially launched as a "Federation" on 6 December 1978 on the anniversary of the death of Dr. Babasaheb B. R. Ambedkar. the Architect of the Indian Constitution.
BAMCEF's stated mission is to establish and fortify the non-political roots of the Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj in order to change the Brahminnical Social System of Inequality (the traditional Indian social system based on castes and varna).
The organization, which celebrated its silver jubilee in 2008, upholds an ethos that states that the victims of systemic inequality in India are, naturally, the only people who can uproot the existing social structure.
As an employee in the Defence Research and Development Laboratory in Pune, Kanshiram realized that the formation of a bahujan bureaucracy was important if dalits' interests were to be served. He set about forming a federation, through which he worked his way into the higher echelons of bureaucracy. By identifying a few zealous officers he was able to influence lower staff.
The motto of the organization was Pay back to society, to inspire the dalit bureaucrats to do their bit for the dalit masses. In this way, a continuous supply of intellect, money, and talent was ensured. Kanshiram did not want to make the BAMCEF merely an employees' union. Rather, he wanted it to become the organisation of educated bahujan employees: "the think tank, talent bank, and financial bank of the bahujan samaj".
Knowing the limitations of BAMCEF, The Dalith Soshit Samaj Sangharsh samithi (DS4) had been formed in 1981. This organisation made impact on people in North as well as South India. Before formation of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)the DS4 entered in local elections in Delhi and Haryana in the name of "Limited Political Action". Later on Kanshiram dissolved the DS4 and formed a completely political wing Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). This caused strain within the ranks of the BAMCEF.
In early 1986, BAMCEF split. Kanshiram announced that he was no longer willing to work for any organisation other than the BSP. In 1987, without Kanshiram, D.K. Khaparde together with other colleagues, registered BAMCEF. Since then, one element of BAMCEF, which was associated with Kanshi Ram, has been converted into a shadow organization to help the BSP in electoral mobilization. Those remaining in BAMCEF, after Kanshiram's departure, registered as an independent mulnivasi bahujan's organisation.
It still believes in outdated Aryan invasion theory, which is in the process of being debunked, by the academics like Romialla Thapar, creating apprehensions about the legitimacy of the organization.
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