Ambedkar Jayanti: Regarded as the architect of the Indian Constitution, Ambedkar Jayanti — as the name suggests — is a day dedicated to Dr B R Ambedkar, who was a polymath and a civil rights activist.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar fondly remembered as the Father of the Constitution of India played a crucial role in shaping the vibrant democratic structure that India prides itself upon. His birthday is celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti on April 14 every year. The day is also commemorated as Equality Day across the country.
‘Baba Saheb’ Ambedkar was born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh on April 14, 1891, to army officers Ramji Maloji Sakpal and Bhimabai Sakpal. Belonging to the Mahar (Dalit) caste, he had to face the evil of untouchability since his school day.
Bhimrao Ambedkar rose above the discrimination and went on to complete his doctorates in economics from both Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Early in his career, he worked as an economist, professor and lawyer. He inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned extensively against discrimination against Dalits.
Ambedkar Jayanti 2022: Significance
The Ambedkar Jayanti holds significance because it draws attention to the caste-based bigotry that persists in our society 75 years after independence.
We commemorate Babasaheb’s contribution to the upliftment of the underprivileged by commemorating the day. Ambedkar drafted the Indian constitution that guarantees equal rights to all citizens, regardless of caste, creed, religion, race, or culture. B.R. Ambedkar formed the Central institution Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha to promote untouchables’ basic rights and education, as well as movements to provide Dalits with access to public drinking water supplies and the right to enter Hindu temples.
Famous quotes by Bhimrao Ambedkar
- We are Indians, firstly and lastly.
- Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.
- Cultivation of the mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
- I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress that women have achieved.
- Life should be great rather than long.