Thank you for all your overwhelming support for Ambedkar King Study Circle’s (AKSC) activities and programs for the past three years. A happy society is possible only by abolishing all forms of exploitation. The people who want to live in such a society have to involve themselves directly in building that society rather than living in a society whose rules, norms and standards are set by the top 1% of the wealthiest. Involving people in the process of building the society they want to live in is the foundation of democracy.
The people face a great challenge to build such a democratic society from the right-wing forces across the world. AKSC‘s 2018 conference invitation correctly pointed out that the RSS/BJP ‘will adopt more divisive tactics and new strategies to divide the people’ to score a victory in 2019 Indian parliamentary elections since they suffered a defeat in by-elections held between 2014 and 2018 in which they were NOT able to gain a single seat. The RSS/BJP won comfortably than they themselves expected in the Indian general election held in April-May 2019.
In India, the top 1% holds 51.53% and the top 10% holds 77.4% of the total wealth respectively. Brahmins and non-Brahmin forward castes earn 48% and 45% ABOVE the national average respectively whereas OBC, SC and ST households earn 8%, 21% and 35% BELOW the national average respectively. Indian capitalism which has created such inequality is inextricably coupled with the caste system dominated by Brahmin-Bania nexus in bureaucracy and corporate houses. The right-wing RSS/BJP uses the method of physical, cultural, social and economic attack on Muslim minorities, Dalits and Adivasis to divert the attention of a ruthless economic attack on the majority of the Hindu population themselves. It upholds the economic exploitation of the great majority through physical, cultural and social oppression of the minorities and other socially oppressed sections. Only by uniting all the exploited, system of overall oppression can be challenged.
In the USA, more and more people are attracted to the idea of socialism. Socialism carried ‘stigma’ in the past. In June 2019, Guardian has reported that 40% of Americans want to live in a socialist society of which 55% of women prefer socialism. Significantly more young people prefer socialism. The Harris Poll released in March 2019 revealed that 49.6 percent of millennials (born between 1981 and 1996, ages between 23 and 38 in 2019) prefer living in a socialist country.
AKSC holds the 2019 annual conference in this backdrop. Please REGISTER to educate ourselves through speeches and discussions to formulate the correct strategies and tactics to build a society that we want to live happily. Let’s uphold the principle of participatory democracy.
Saturday, Sep 07, 2019
9.00 AM to 6.00 PM
“Odd Fellows Cupertino 70” 20589 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA, USA.
Meet-and-Greet and Dinner
Friday, Sep 06, 2019
6.00 PM to 8:00 PM
AKSC, 2nd Annual Conference Committee