25 Best Manyavar Kanshiram Quotes For The Bahujans

Through his brilliant oratory skills, Manyavar Kanshiram stirred the souls of the Dalits of India. Not only did he popularise the creed and deeds of Baba Saheb Ambedkar. But, he also created a platform in the form of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for Dalits. And these quotes by Kanshiram saheb tell us about his views on some of the important issues that affect the lives of the Bahujans of India. 

Kanshiram Quotes for the Dalits and Bahujans

1. Ambedkar collected books, I gathered People.

Kanshiram quote on Ambedkar


2. If you have the right desire, paths open up on their own; but if it is not right, then thousands of excuses come up.

Manyavar Kanshiram quote on desire


3. The pathetic condition of dalits in India even after so many years of independence was chiefly due to the leaders themselves, who were mere puppets in the hands of the Congress.

Kanshiram quote on leadership


4. In a democracy the worth of a queen and a maid is the same.

 Quote on democracy


5. If the Congress is a snake, the Janata Dal is a cobra.

Manyavar Kanshiram quote on Congress


6. You all are worthless. You want reservation. I will remove your worthlessness. I will make you worthy.

Quote on dalits of India


7. If the Dalits were worthless, the Manuvad system would continue to remain dominant and the upper castes would continue to rule. If the dalits became worthy the upper castes would be toppled.

Quote about Manuvad system


8. We should try to make efforts to live in palaces and obtain all the comforts of life. The dalit society should not remain attached to huts. We should become powerful and try to live like human beings.

Quote about dalit society


9. I don’t want that you remain puppets and follow the dominant sections as their tails.

Kanshiram quote for dalits of India


10. Our dalit society has become used to living as paupers. We are happy with whatever we have got and in whichever way we have got it. We should drop this habit and become aware of our responsibilities and duties.

Kanshiram quote on Dalit society


11. Upper castes can join the party but the leadership will remain in the hands of the Dalits.

Kanshiram quote about leadership and upper castes


12. The upper castes ask us why we don’t take them in the party but I tell them that you are leading all the other parties. If you join our party you will prevent change.

Quote about the upper castes of India


13. I am scared to take upper castes in the party. They are status-quoists and always try to seize leadership. This will thwart the process of changing the system. Only when I will be rid of my fear will I allow them to join the party.

Kanshiram quote on upper castes of India


14. The members of the Congress party want to meet me. I have told them that they need not come if they want to give me anything. Yes, if they want something from me they are welcome.

Kanshiram views on Congress party


15. Dalits will have to transform themselves from a community of beggars to one of givers.

Quote about Dalits of India


16. All my brothers were physically very strong and always ready for a fight. Our family always rejected helplessness and were so arrogant that no one dared to touch us.

Kanshiram words about his family


17. Rights are to be seized, not requested for, Requests are only granted as alms. All those who fight for their rights, I considered my own.

Quote about rights


18. Ma, these books hold the keys to the doors of the country’s satta (ruling apparatus). I am looking for the keys.

Best quote about books


19. I have learnt about the experiences of Ambedkar through his books. I have noted them down in my diary, I have always tried to learn from his bitter experiences.

Quote on Baba Saheb Ambedkar


20. The Untouchables of India have been the most miserable slaves for centuries. There is such a poisonous element within Brahmanism that it killed whatever desire there was of protesting against the worst kind of injustice.

Quote about the untouchables of India


21. We will not tolerate oppression but break the audacity of the tormentors.

Quote on oppression


22. History had taught us that Ashoka and Harshvardhan could carry forward the Buddhist religion only because they were kings and so the Dalits had to become rulers first.

Quote on history


23. I am a rustic man, and like a rustic person churns curd to produce butter, I, too, am churning society.

Manyavar Kanshiram words about himself


24. We are Chamars of Punjab. We are educated because of the Sikh religion. It is clear to me that I want to fight against the injustice perpetrated on the Chamars by the forward and upper castes.

Manyavar Kanshiram quote on Chamars


25. Reservation is a tool to provide space to the Dalits in the present democratic structure.

Quote about reservation system in India



I hope you like these quotes by Kanshiram, The founder of the Bahujan movement. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.

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Yash Sharma

Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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