Tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar Saheb

first_imgFrom the core of my heart, I respect Dr B.R. Ambedkar Saheb who through his erudite knowledge has shown us the path that a person cannot be great simply by birth. Greatness is proved only through activities.  Because of ‘caste’ greatness once upon a time in united Bengal, the Brahmo Samaj was popular in reality Brahmo Samaj does not discriminate against persons based on the caste. Anyway, I like one of the sayings of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar (Dr B.R. Ambedkar), popularly known as Babasaheb, who flagged the ‘Constitution of India’, that:“Life should be great rather than long”.  Babasaheb was born on 14 April 1891 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Now Mhow, officially Dr Ambedkar Nagar, is a cantonment in the Indore district in Madhya Pradesh.. It is pertinent to mention that his date of birth has coincided (sometimes one-day variation) with the New Year celebration in various states of India e.g. Rongali Bihu (Assam), Bengali Subho Nababarsha, Vaisakhi (Punjab), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu) and Vishu (Kerala). This year Odisha New Year known as Pana Sankranti is being celebrated on 14 April 2021.Hailing from a socially backward class, through his talent, merit, wisdom and calibre, he has shown everyone particularly to the lower echelons of the society how to survive with dignity.  In his childhood, he never felt the brunt of the caste politics or ‘untouchability syndrome’ as he was born at Mhow, Indore present Madhya Pradesh in military cantonment as his father  Sri Ramji Maloji Sakpal, was an army officer who held the rank of Subedar. In Dr Ambedkar Ji’s own words “……my father was employed in the Army.  He held the rank of Subedar at that time.  Since we lived in the cantonment, we had little to do with the world outside the military area.  I had no experience of Untouchability”. But after his father’s retirement, the situation totally changed.  His father shifted to Satara and he felt the brunt of untouchability. One example may be cited here, no barber was prepared to cut his hair as sequel Dr Ambedkar’s elder sister used to do the same.  Like this, he had to face many social issues in those days because of his caste.  Dr Ambedkar Ji was fond of reading books so he purchased about 2,000 old books in New York, also at the time of the Second Round Table Conference; he bought many books in London and sent them to India in 32 boxes. He had his own library in his house and it is believed that he lived, took his meals, and even slept in the library.Being an eminent economist and endowed with foresight, Dr Ambedkar saheb contributed substantially to the formulation of the postwar economic development plan in general and water resources and electric- power development in particular.   Another highlighting point is that because of his initiative, the Constitution of India has directed, “no child below the age of 14 years shall be employed to work in any factory, mine or engaged in any hazardous employment”.He was also a visionary and understood the importance of agriculture and farming for the sustainable development of the farmers. He advocated for collective farming as well as an uninterrupted supply of water and electricity to the farmers for their development.   Dr Ambedkar Ji was in favour of birth control also and he was of the opinion that with a huge population, India would face severe problems on many fronts.Dr Ambedkar saheb had special likings to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his sacrifice in the independence movement. He told BBC in 1955 that from his ‘own analysis’ he (Babasaheb) had concluded that two things led the Labour Party (that time ruling party of England)  to take the decision to free India. “The national army that was raised by Subhas Chandra Bose. The British had been ruling the country in the firm belief that whatever may happen in the country or whatever the politicians do, they will never be able to change the loyalty of soldiers. That was one prop on which they were carrying on the administration. And that was completely dashed to pieces. They found that soldiers could be seduced to form a party- a battalion to blow off the British.”In 1990, Dr Ambedkar saheb was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Although Babasaheb passed away on 6 December 1956, through his activities and contribution he will be in the hearts of millions of Indians. On the occasion of his happy birthday of 14 April 2021, I extend my Pronam to the great soul.last_img read more