On birth anniversary of the Father of Indian Constitution, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, thorough the medium of your esteemed daily, I would like to extend my wishes to all citizens of the country. Dr Ambedkar was one of the most action-oriented cum erudite person, which India has produced in last many centuries. His stature cannot be confined merely as a Dalit leader or just an emotive voice in politics of Social Justice. He was surely much more than that. He has contributed immensely to various disciplines, thereby gaining an international repute across the globe. He has gained the position of a multifaceted personality, while contributing as Chief Architect of Indian Constitution, as India’s first Law Minister, and as a political activist, economist, educationist, scholar, jurist, social-reformer etc. He was well-informed and authoritative on every subject he ever professed a view on – whether it be Economics, Law, Literature, Education, Religion, Journalism, History, Caste, Society, Politics etc. He had deep insights of every domain he opted to understand & work upon.
Dr Ambedkar strived hard for Indians globally and ignited millions of hearts. He was the one who reiterated importance of liberty, equality & fraternity and reassured us freedom of speech and expression. He fought fiercely against social evils like un-touchability and caste discrimination while leading various social movements for upliftment of depressed sections. At the same time, he contributed immensely to our understanding of various socio-economic and political problems of India through his scholarly works on Caste, Religion, Constitutional Law, and economic developments. His scholarly works and the speeches he gave indicated his deep understanding of the problems faced by India during his times.
As a constitutionalist, Dr Ambedkar showed tremendous charisma and political vision to establish India as a modern democratic republic. As a Minister, he offered numerous benefits to the labour class regarding demands like eight hour working, equal wages etc. His contribution in strengthening struggle for women’s liberation in India, his efforts in the laws of inheritance and marriage are highly valued. He framed many laws for women labourers in India including Mines Maternity benefit, Women Labour Welfare fund etc. As an economist, his work played an important role in conceptualizing the guidelines, work style and outlook of Reserve Bank of India in front of Hilton Young Commission. As a social reformer, he stood for equality and justice and played a pivotal role in diagnosing the ills of casteist society and struggled all his life to liberate the depressed section from social discrimination, economic exclusion and political alienation.
His mission, for which he fought throughout his life, was only to ensure a dignified life for deprived masses. No doubt, his childhood was filled with memories that showed him, how deep casteism had dug into Indian hearts – from not being able to drink water during his school time because he was not allowed to touch water cups, to being shunned by the station-master because he was an untouchable. These incidents didn’t deter him. They didn’t trouble him. If anything they did, they just intensified his determination to put an end of this practice. He didn’t let this oppression to undermine his mission. Despite all odds, he achieved great excellence and it was only his endless thirst for knowledge that persuaded him to become what he eventually did: a multi-faceted emblem of excellence.
Let’s acknowledge his contributions & achievements as a national builder and take inspiration from his life by spreading his message, ‘Cultivation of mind should be ultimate aim of human existence.’
Assistant Professor, GDC Sidhra.