Press Statement issued by Shri K.Raju, Chairman SC Dept, AICC
Press Note issued by K.Raju, Chairman SC Dept AICC
Launch of website 'Quest for Equity' by SC Dept AICC on 14th April, 2017
On the occasion of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's 126th birth anniversary, the Scheduled Castes Department, AICC is launching a website "Quest for Equity" (www.questforequity.org)
The website contains over 300 archival pictures of Dr. Ambedkar, 97 scans of his correspondence, a copy of the original Constitution of India and the full transcripts of the Constituent Assembly debates. In addition, it hosts the most comprehensive and longitudinal data set, broadly categorized into "Access to Public Services”, "Discrimination”, "Economic Data”, "Education”, "Employment in Public & Private sectors”, "Health and Household data” on the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities. It also contains over 200 papers and reports of diverse scholars and organizations working on issues of inequality, discrimination, poverty etc. This website therefore aims to be the definitive platform for data, research and legislation on issues related to SC/ST, and eventually minority communities.
Quest for Equity hopes to take Babasaheb Ambedkar's spirit forward by encouraging critical analyses of contemporary socio-economic and political issues, so as to deepen India's social justice paradigm.
In establishing a just and equitable society by "undoing the baneful hierarchies of the past, and the unequal starting points they have constructed”, the Indian National Congress has consistently strived to guarantee and deliver those conditions that would actualise fullness of life, especially for those who have hitherto been excluded from society. Unfortunately because of the continued prevalence of regressive societal norms, this goal eludes India.
In trying to understand how to make the promise of this nation further accessible to all, it is therefore imperative that we continuously study why and how marginalised groups are discriminated against or excluded. It is only then that scholars, activists and policy makers can re-order India's social justice paradigm to uplift and empower. It is hoped that Quest for Equity will prove to be a vital resource in furthering this objective.
14th April, 2017