AIM (Dr. Ambedkar International Mission) as an organization was founded in Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA in April 1994 by the NRI Ambedkarites. It was after the first ever in-house celebration of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary there in Kuala Lumpur.
AIM was created to contribute to the process of overall development of the suffering untouchables/Dalits/Tribals/Buddhists, whose population in India is more than 250 million. It also aimed to create a sense of identity and also to regain the lost (due to the 2000 year old caste based exploitation and oppression) human personality.
AIM made PAY BACK TO THE SOCIETY as its governing principle of philosophy/operation.
In the last 22 years, AIM has grown into an international organization with functional units in U.S.A, Canada, France, U.A.E, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Malaysia, Japan, Australia etc.
AIM USA was formed in year 2003. It was registered with State of Texas in 2006. AIM became a 501 ( C ) (3) organization in U.S.A in 2009.
The educated class among the followers of Dr.Ambedkar is a product of Dr.Ambedkar’s lifelong struggle for securing the rights of 250 million Dalits, Untouchables and Tribals. Hence the philosophy of PAY BACK TO THE SOCIETY. When an individual or a community or a class, is a beneficiary of a movement, it must discharge its obligations to the very movement it derived benefits from.
AIM units generally hold a minimum of one monthly meeting. Its activists volunteer lot of their time and money to implement their decisions taken during the monthly meetings.
A monthly contribution is also voluntarily set for each member/each family. To run a Self Help/Self Respect movement (underlying principle of Dr.Ambedkar’s philosophy), financial and time resources must be generated from within the society. Without resources no movement could be effectively run.
CREATING CULTURAL IDENTITY
Every AIM unit tends to organize celebrations/educational programs on Ambedkarite festivals (Ambedkar Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti, Dhamma Chakra Pravartana Din). This created a strong sense of cultural identity among the NRI Ambedkarites. It also helped to create and develop their own festivals. Man is a social being and he/she needs festivity in life.
RUNNING SOCIAL/EDUCATIONAL/RELIGIOUS PROJECTS IN INDIA FROM ABROAD
AIM practised running social/educational projects in India from abroad; which was in the 1990s and early 2000S was considered not just difficult but almost impossible. AIM activists spent lot of their annual vacation time following up social/educational/religious projects and broke the prevalent myth. Now a days ease of global communication through various social media has further made the social project implementation it easier.
CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING
AIM to the extent possible followed the principle of consensus decision making as their methodology for decision making. This helped in a working methodology which was satisfying to every single member of the unit. No individual member felt isolated, left out in the process of decision making.
DECENTRALIZED POWER STRUCTURE
AIM did not create centralized power structure for its global organization. It gave all the powers to the unit and its members to make all decisions in the matter of implementation of projects in India.
CREATING INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR AMBEDKARITES
AIM has a lion’s share in creating an international platform for the Ambedkarites to gather, conduct seminars/symposia, deliberate on issues of concern to the society internationally.
AIM was an active partner in the first ever Dalit International Conference organised by Dalit International Organization, Malaysia (DIO) in October 1998. Second and Third International Conferences were organized by AIM with the active support of Indian Progressive Front, MALAYSIA (December 2011) and with the active support of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Paris, FRANCE (July 2014).