Emulate India’s social beacon Dr. BR Ambedkar, governor urges citizens
Dimapur, April 13 (EMN): The governor of Nagaland PB Acharya pays rich tributes to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, or Dr BR Ambedkar, as the nation celebrates the iconic social reformer’s birth anniversary on April 14.
The governor appealed to citizens, especially the youth to follow in Ambedkar’s footsteps and live in his principles to build a nation of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all peoples.
Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary is celebrated in India on April 14 every year.
The governor’s office issued a message on Saturday.
‘Dr BR Ambedkar was truly a builder of a nation and a global leader instead of just a Dalit leader. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar is called “the architect of the Indian Constitution,”’ Acharya stated in his message.
The constitution of India, written by the committee headed by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, is still guiding the county, the governor said. It ‘helps it in emerging out safely even after it had passed throughout the several crises.’
“Dr. Babasaheb himself being from Scheduled Caste, he knew the pangs what it feels when people discriminate you on the basis of caste without any fault of yours. He did a great job in removing such social injustice. Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha was the first organized attempt from his side to uplift the untouchables.”
The governor stated that the social reformer wanted to educate them for a better life. “After this many public movements and marches had been initiated under his leadership that were meant to bring equality in the society. He fought relentlessly in a democratic way to get rid of untouchability from the society.”
The governor referred also to the Dalit Buddhist movement. The Dalit Buddhist movement is a socio-political movement started by BR Ambedkar. It radically interpreted Buddhism and created a new school of Buddhism called Navayana, Acharya stated.
“The Navayana challenged the caste system and promoted the rights of the suppressed community. The movement took an oath to pursue a new form of engaged Buddhism as taught by Dr. Ambedkar.”
Ambedkar was nominated as the first law minister of Independent India and appointed as chairman to the constitution drafting committee under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, “even though he did not belong to Congress party,” according to the governor.
‘So also another great national leader Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was nominated as Industries minister in Nehru Cabinet. Both were not Congress members,’ Acharya stated.
“On this occasion, I appeal our citizens especially the youth to emulate his principles and work hard to build a nation of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all human beings and peace and prosperity among people,” the message added.