Jai Bhim

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Jai Bhim (also Jay Bhim or Jai Bheem} is a greeting used by Navayana Buddhists and Ambedkarites (followers of Ambedkarism). Jai Bhim literally means "Victory to Bhim" referring to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.[1] The greeting Jai Bhim does not have any religious connotations[2] and is a greeting of self-respect and dignity, meant to inspire those who utter it.

Origin[edit]

This term was coined by L. N. Hardas as a greeting amongst the followers of Ambedkar.[3] He originally coined he greeting as "Jai Bhim - Bal Bhim", wherein when one person said "Jai Bhim", the second person would reply as "Bal Bhim" translating as "Victory to Bhim - Strength from Bhim". The origin of this greeting has been documented in the biopic Bole India Jai Bhim. Babu Hardas promoted this method of greeting with the help of workers of the Bhim Vijay Sangh[4]

Current usage[edit]

Nowadays, many Indians have started using this phrase to show respect to the father of Indian Constitution Dr.Babasaaheb Ambedkar

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Christophe, Jaffrelot (2005). Dr Ambedkar and untouchability: analysing and fighting caste. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-1-85065-449-0. 
  2. ^ Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati made it clear after the fatwa against it by an Islamic seminary."Fatwa on BSP Slogan Sparks Off Debate". 
  3. ^ Manwatkar, Vruttant. "Jai Bhim in JNU- Freedom or Social Justice". Round Table India. www.roundtableindia.co.in. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Jamnadas, K. "Jai Bhim and Jai Hind".