IGNCA chief says Nehru didn’t want Ambedkar in Constituent Assembly

Rai added that he believed in “what Ambedkar had himself said during his Constituent Assembly address in November 1949”. “

Written by Divya A | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2016 5:09 am
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B R Ambedkar would have been “ousted” from the Constituent Assembly if Jawaharlal Nehru had had his way, IGNCA chief Ram Bahadur Rai has said.

Speaking about Ambedkar during a media interaction on Saturday, Rai said, “Ambedkar should have been made finance minister of India by Nehru. If it was in Nehru’s hand, Ambedkar would have been ousted from the Constituent Assembly. It was only due to Mahatma Gandhi’s interference that Ambedkar was there.”

He added that he believed in “what Ambedkar had himself said during his Constituent Assembly address in November 1949”. “Anyone who wants to know more about Ambedkar’s role should refer to the transcript of his address on November 24, 1949, during the Constituent Assembly debate,” Rai said.

With both the Congress and JD(U) seeking his removal from the post, Rai said he would fight the battle himself.

The interaction came a day after the first meeting of the newly constituted executive committee of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) to chalk out a vision for the institution. Rai said the IGNCA plans to start specialised courses on culture such as museumology, intangible heritage, archaeology and cultural management from next year, with an aim to create “skilled cultural manpower”. For this, they were in talks with CBSE to introduce culture as an elective subject in schools.

IGNCA Member-Secretary Sachchidanand Joshi said that IGNCA will commence diploma courses from the next academic session.

He said the centre would kick off Sanskriti Samvad Srinkhala (Cultural Dialogue Series) on July 28, comprising dialogues on arts, culture, philosophy and lifestyle. The first programme starts on July 28 to mark the 90th birthday of Hindi author Namwar Singh, who had raised a strong pitch against the ‘award wapsi’ campaign last year.

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  1. A
    Jun 13, 2016 at 5:07 am
    What good have you done to society from your birth times pls tell us
    1. R
      Jun 13, 2016 at 6:14 am
      I have a reson to believe please see the NCERT text books on history there you will find a cartoon where Dr Ambedkar was depicted as a tortoise and Nehru chacha was risding upon him with a hunter. This speaks volumes about prevailing atude.
      1. B
        Jun 13, 2016 at 4:20 am
        A self proclaimed Pandit was afraid of the presence of the real Pandit. Thus,Nehru wanted Dr.Ambedkar away from him. Nehru Knew very well that if Dr. Ambedkar, given a chance, would dominate him and make him look like a pygmy. Throughout his carrier, Nehru tried to keep two people away from him- one Dr. Ambedkar and the other was Subhas Bose. Dalits knew very well who had cheated them, and they also knew very well who has to be given what level of respect. They don't require any prompting from others.
        1. B
          Jun 13, 2016 at 8:39 am
          Anybody who Knows basics about the Consution of India can understand the quality of Indian consution. people ignorant of the consution speaks gibberish.
          1. B
            Jun 13, 2016 at 6:50 am
            Who wrote NCERT books and with what bent of mind those books were written? should be kept in mind. it is not necessary that what has been written in NCERT is a gospel truth. There are people who still believes in what has been written in a Book called Worshiping false Gods by Arun Shourie. lt;br/gt;Dr. Ambedkar still stands as a star in the Political sky because of his sterling character and his dedication to the cause he believed in. He never wavered on what he believed right and just. His integrity and Honesty unquestionably of the highest order. He is a path maker and he will stand high in the hearts of all those who see him with no jaundiced eye.
            1. C
              Jun 13, 2016 at 9:50 am
              Why only Consution is copied. If it is so what about English language, pant , shirt, dress, science and technology, steam engine, electricity etc. Why Indian so called merit cl copying all such things. So-called merit cl can ever invent new things !!!!
              1. c
                Jun 13, 2016 at 4:32 am
                Old stories, whether they are correct or not, do not provide any help to anyone!!
                1. P
                  PS Azurite
                  Jun 13, 2016 at 5:01 am
                  Every person got their own weaknesses and political disagreements. End of the day how they built the nation is more important than their personality clashes. Nehru and the old congress credit can not be taken away of building a strong democratic country. A chaiwala can rule India and every Indian can dream of to become PM of India. If you look at the SAARC countries, we can understand how better we are. Of course we could have been more better had some corrections would have taken place. But there is a room always for improvisation. Even our present PM made many senior leaders of his own party to oblivion. It is not new in politics to criticise or disagree.
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