New Delhi, April 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary today. PM Modi took to Twitter and posted, “I bow to BR Ambedkar on Ambedkar Jayanti”.
India is observing Ambedkar Jayanti, the 130th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar. The first Law and Justice minister of India, Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary is marked as Equality Day in India.
On Ambedkar Jayanti, President Ram Nath Kovind asked people to imbibe Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s ideals in their lives and contribute towards building a strong and prosperous India. “All through his inspiring life, Dr Ambedkar charted his unique path in the midst of extreme adversity and earned commendations for his extraordinary and multi-faceted achievements,” President Kovind said.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits). He was British India’s Minister of Labour in Viceroy’s Executive Council, a member of the Constituent Drafting committee, independent India’s first Minister of Law and Justice, and considered the chief architect of the Constitution of India.
Ambedkar was a prolific student, earning doctorates in economics from both Columbia University and the London School of Economics, gaining reputation as a scholar for his research in law, economics and political science.
In his early career, he was an economist, professor, and lawyer. His later life was marked by his political activities; he became involved in campaigning and negotiations for India’s independence, publishing journals, advocating political rights and social freedom for Dalits, and contributing significantly to the establishment of the state of India. In 1956, he converted to Buddhism, initiating mass conversions of Dalits.
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Docu on Ambedkar Jayanti
The Congress party launching its YouTube channel on Ambedkar Jayanti with a small documentary on Mahatma Gandhi and Bhimrao Ambedkar. In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, was posthumously conferred upon Ambedkar. Ambedkar’s legacy includes numerous memorials and depictions in popular culture.
Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar was an ardent advocate of human rights, who set up the ‘Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha’ intending to improve the socio-economic status of the people of deprived communities of India and for the spread of education amongst them.
He was a celebrated leader and the architect of the ‘Constitution of India’. He was a well-known statesman who fought for the rights of the Dalits and other socially backward classes.
Dr Ambedkar is famed for his powerful speeches. A renowned social reformer and a Dalit icon, he spoke unequivocally against the inequality, injustice and discrimination faced by the members of the Dalit community. He went on to become the first law and justice minister of independent India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th annual meet and a national seminar of vice-chancellors through video conferencing. Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said that Babasaheb Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India. “Babasaheb Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage,” he said.
He also released four books related to Bhim Rao Ambedkar. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad.