Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated on April 14 to mark the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who is remembered as “The Father of the Constitution of India” and the man who fought for the oppressed. The nation commemorates his 127th birthday today.
Popularly known as Babasaheb, Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement. He campaigned against social discrimination against untouchables and also supported the rights of women and labourers.
Keeping in view the recent vandalisation of Ambedkar statues in several places — the latest incident ocurred on Friday in Greater Noida — and also the violence which claimed the lives of nine people during protests by Dalit groups on April 2, the Uttar Pradesh government has tightened the security as a preventive measure.
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Telangana CM pays floral tributes to Ambedkar
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and several other leaders also paid tributes to Ambedkar in Hyderabad. Recalling the services rendered by Ambedkar, Rao said the architect of the Indian Constitution would always remain an inspiration to several generations. The chief minister said Ambedkar understood Indian society completely and paved way for the future and as such he would always remain as an inspiration to several generations, according to a release from the CM’s office.
Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy pays floral tributes
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy earlier in the paid floral tributes to B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his 127th birth anniversary. Ministers, legislators and Deputy speaker of Puduchery V P Sivakolundhu were among those who paid tributes.
BJP 'hampering' Ambedkar's ideals of Constitution: DMK
The DMK has alleged that the BJP-led Centre was hampering B R Ambedkar's ideals behind the making of the Indian Constitution.
DMK's Working President M K Stalin said the Centre was working towards "weakening" social justice, without elaborating further. "The BJP-led Centre steered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working in a way (that is) hampering Ambedkar's ideals which led to the making of the Constitution," said Stalin.
After paying homage to Ambedkar on his birth anniversary here, the DMK leader appealed to his cadres and workers of 'friendly parties' to take a vow to "end such betrayal."
President Ram Nath Kovind pays tributes to Ambedkar at his birthplace
President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to B R Ambedkar at his birthplace, Mhow in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of his 127th birth anniversary. He paid tributes to the Dalit icon at his birthplace in the Kalipaltan area, where the state government has built a grand memorial.
#PresidentKovind addresses a function on Ambedkar Jayanti at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh; emphasises Babasaheb's focus on equality, human dignity, education and non-violent activism pic.twitter.com/oT9pueiU5E
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 14, 2018
Tamil Nadu K Palaniswami CM, leaders pay tribute to Ambedkar
Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and Leader of Opposition MK Stalin besides others paid tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam garlanded a portrait of Ambedkar at Kodambakkam here in the presence of senior AIADMK leaders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day presented gifts to Buddhists monks at Bhimrao Ambedkar's 127th birth anniversary celebrations at Parliament House in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind and vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu are also seen. (PTI photo)
BJP eroding Ambedkar's legacy, PM Modi paying lip-service, accuses Congress
The Congress has accused the BJP of 'eroding' the legacy of Baba Saheb Ambedkar and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was merely paying him lip service as his party and the RSS have an 'anti-Dalit mindset'. Congress leader Selja also charged the prime minister with doing politics over the legacy of the Dalit icon.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, other state leaders pay tribute to Dr Ambedkar
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other political leaders in the state paid tributes to B R Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary. Apart from political leaders, thousands of followers of Ambedkar visited Chaityabhoomi, Dr Ambedkar's memorial at Dadar in central Mumbai, to pay their respects.
'Our salutations to the father of Indian constitution Bharat Ratna, Mahamanav Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary today! It is because of him that every citizen of India can live a dignified life! His teachings and values of humanity will inspire generations to come,' Fadnavis tweeted.
It is because of the Constitution given to us by BharatRatna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, our nation is progressing at such speed and that too with inclusiveness!#SabkaSathSabkaVikas#AmbedkarJayanti pic.twitter.com/RB4f7sRPmJ
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) April 14, 2018
UP Governor, CM Yogi Adityanath pay floral tributes to Ambedkar
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier in the day paid floral tributes to B R Ambedkar in the state capital. Adityanath was also accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma.
In a tweet, Adityanath said, 'Babasaheb has made a number of provisions in the Constitution of India to remove social disparities and provide social justice to the oppressed sections of the society...Every citizen of India will always remain obliged towards the contribution of Babasaheb.' 'Babasaheb struggled throughout his life for the rights of Dalits and oppressed sections of the society,' he added.
आज डॉ. भीमराव अम्बेडकर महासभा, लखनऊ में भारतरत्न बाबा साहब डॉ. बी.आर. अम्बेडकर जी प्रतिमा पर माल्यार्पण कर उन्हें भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की तथा डॉ. अम्बेडकर जी के अस्थि कलश स्थल पर पुष्प भी अर्पित किए। pic.twitter.com/4y7PiQw6TX
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) April 14, 2018
Before Gandhi's arrival, Jivraj Chauhan, general secretary of SC/ST cell of BJP's state unit, was also gheraoed by the Dalit members, who shouted slogans against him, forcing him to leave the venue.
"We told the police that since we had gathered there much before the BJP leaders came, it was our right to pay tributes first. However, police prevented us from garlanding the statue stating that as per the protocol, it was the mayor's right. This angered our members," Solanki said. "The statue and the atmosphere in the GEB circle area was polluted after the arrival of Gandhi and other BJP leaders. Therefore, we cleansed Ambedkar's statue with milk and water after it was garlanded by the BJP leaders," he added.
After Gandhi and other leaders garlanded the statue around 9 am and left the venue, the members of the community washed it with milk and water, saying the BJP leaders' presence had "polluted" the atmosphere.
The members of the Dalit community raised slogans at the GEB Circle area on Race Course against other party leaders and Gandhi, the Women and Child Development minister who is in the city to attend a number of events. She arrived at Ambedkar's statue along with BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt, city mayor Bharat Dangar, BJP MLA Yogesh Patel and others. The members of the Dalit community, led by Solanki, started raising slogans against them. An argument broke out between them and the police personnel, but no untoward incident took place.
Dalit members 'cleanse' Ambedkar statue after tributes by Maneka, BJP leaders
Members of Dalit community today "cleansed" B R Ambedkar's statue here soon after Union minister Maneka Gandhi and some BJP leaders paid floral tributes on his 127th birth anniversary, a Dalit leader said, claiming that their presence had "polluted" the atmosphere.
Arvind Kejriwal pays tributes to BR Ambedkar
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel pay floral tribute to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 127th Birth Anniversary at Delhi Vidhan Sabha. (Express photos by Amit Mehra)
PM Modi arrives in Chhattisgarh to roll out Ayushman Bharat scheme
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on a day's visit to inaugurate the 'Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission' and other development projects. The prime minister's visit to the state coincides with the birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.
One of the protesters, Sabjeet Singh of the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar USA told PTI that Ambedkar's vision was to ensure equality for all communities, minorities and Dalits and he had enshrined this in the Indian Constitution. “But the BJP government that has come to power in India wants to build a Hindu nation. They are committing atrocities against Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Dalits. We are here to peacefully convey the message on behalf of all the minority communities in India that Ambedkar's vision of equality remains unfulfilled,” he said.
As soon as Akbaruddin concluded his remarks, the group left the conference room. Outside the room, UN police and security personnel assembled and questioned the Sikhs, inspecting their posters and inquired about whether they had permission and valid passes to enter the UN. The Sikhs, belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar USA and Youth Akali Dal Amritsar USA, told the security personnel that they were protesting silently and peacefully.
As India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin began his opening remarks at the event, a group of Sikhs stood up in the conference room and held up posters that read 'Minorities Under Threat' and 'Never Forget 84' alongside pictures of Ayodhya's Babri Masjid and the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Akbaruddin remained unperturbed by the protest and continued to deliver his speech. The Sikhs, about 15 in number, had tied black bands on their turbans and they stood silently for the entire duration of Akbaruddin's remarks, holding up the posters for the attendees to see.
Sikhs stage protest in UN on Ambedkar birth anniversary celebration
A group of Sikhs has protested against alleged atrocities perpetrated against minority communities in India during the commemoration of Babasaheb Ambedkar's 127th birth anniversary at the world body's headquarters. India's Permanent Mission to the UN had organised a special event titled ‘Leaving No One Behind' at the UN yesterday to celebrate Ambedkar's 127th birth anniversary. UN Development Programme (UNDP)
Manohar Parrikar pays tribute to Dr Ambedkar
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment in the US for a pancreatic ailment, today paid tributes to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary. The state government has organised several programmes to mark the day. The main event was held in Panaji, which was addressed by Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar.
Humble tributes to Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the chief architect of our Constitution, on his birth anniversary.— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) April 14, 2018
Ambedkar's 'tireless efforts' towards equality, social justice made him a pioneer: UN official
A top UN official said, "Bhimrao Ambedkar's "tireless efforts" towards ensuring excluded groups were politically and socially empowered made him a "pioneer" in the world and his vision of equality and social justice echoes the ambitions of the UN's 2030 development agenda."
In his keynote address at a special event organised at the UN headquarters by India's Permanent Mission to the UN on the occasion of Ambedkar's 127th Birth Anniversary, UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner said sustainable development was at the core of Ambedkar's "egalitarian ethos".
"Ambedkar understood that rising and persistent inequalities pose fundamental challenges to the economic and social well-being of nations and people. His tireless efforts to ensure that excluded groups were politically and socially empowered, that workers were fairly treated, and that every person had access to education, made him a pioneer in India and in other countries," Steiner said.
Amit Shah pays tribute to BR Ambedkar
BJP President Amit Shah paid tributes to BR Ambedkar at BJP office located on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg in Delhi. (ANI photo)
Inaugurating schemes in Babasaheb's name, will in no way lead to development of Dalits, says Mayawati
BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday said, "I want to tell Modi Ji and his govt that commemorating places related to Baba Saheb's life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to the development of Dalits."
Ambedkarites put stickers of Chaityabhoomi at Dadar station
Ambedkarites put stickers of Chaityabhoomi at Dadar station. (Express photos by Nirmal Harindran)
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Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)
Local Dalit leaders clashed with BJP leaders in Vadodara on the occasion of birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar on Saturday. (Express photos Bhupendra Rana)
Jignesh Mevani's supporters obstruct BJP MPs from garlanding Ambedkar statue
Ruckus at an event in Gujarat on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti as MLA Jignesh Mevani's supporters tried to obstruct BJP MPs and members from garlanding BR Ambedkar's statue. (ANI)
Tension gripped Phagwara city on the eve of Dr B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary following an attempt by Dalit activists to rename ‘Gol Chowk’ (paper square) to ‘Samvidhan chowk’ (Constitution square). Dalist and members of right wing organisations confronted each other at around midnight; some shots were fired as well. Read more
Past three years have seen the worst atrocities against Dalits, says Sitaram Yechury
Three years ago, Parliament held a special session for 125 years of Dr Ambedkar's birth. Past three years have seen the worst atrocities against Dalits - the upper caste Hindutva ideology spearheads this regression. India will defeat these forces. #April14 pic.twitter.com/ZlHt7EmE0V— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) April 14, 2018
Later in the day, President Kovind will visit Madhya Pradesh tomorrow to pay tributes to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar at his birthplace in Mhow.
President Ram Nath Kovind pays tributes to B R Ambedkar.
President Ram Nath Kovind Pay tributes to B R Ambedkar.
Homage to Dr B.R. Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. An icon of our nation, Dr Ambedkar was a multifaceted personality who waged a life-long struggle for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal rights to women and for the disadvantaged #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 14, 2018
Ambedkar statue vandalised in Greater Noida
Meanwhile, a statue of BR Ambedkar in Richhpal Garhi village of Bisrakh in Greater Noida was found damaged, on Friday. The incident came to light last morning when the villagers spotted the statue of Ambedkar damaged. Heavy police force was deployed in view of the tense situation.
Suniti Singh, SP (rural), said a case was registered against unknown persons for vandalism and that the guilty would not be spared. A large number of people from nearby villages had gathered after news of vandalism spread. Police, however, contained the mob. Singh said that the damaged statue was being replaced with a new one.
The memorial is being built at Ambedkar Chauraha in Gorakhpur, around one km from the district magistrate's office, on the lines of Lucknow's famous Parivartan Chowk after demolishing an existing structure. Asked if the government had ordered to paint the memorial in saffron, Deputy Municipal Commissioner D K Singh said there was no such instruction.
Chandrashekhar, the president of a local Dalit group, said, "They would have painted the entire memorial saffron had we not protested." "The jewellery firm agreed to our demand to re-paint it in white and used red paint to write "Ambedkar Chauraha" on it. The government wasn't involved in this," he said.
Dalits protest use of saffron colour on under-construction Ambedkar memorial
Also, in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur, Dalit leaders on Friday took strong objection to the painting of the upper part of an under-construction Ambedkar memorial in saffron. The protesters, however, said a private jewellery firm had undertaken the painting work as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) project and 'the government had nothing to do with it'.
A number of Ambedkar's statues were desecrated following the protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act by the Supreme Court. Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Makrand Deouskar said it was not known how many Ambedkar statues were there in Madhya Pradesh. Nonetheless, he said, district authorities have been instructed to ensure the safety of statues.
Centre asks MP administration to protect Ambedkar statues
The Centre on Friday issued an advisory to the Madhya Pradesh government, asking it to "protect" the statues of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar, PTI quoted a senior police official as saying. The advisory comes amid a series of vandalism incidents targeting statues and busts, and ahead of Ambedkar's birth anniversary tomorrow. The architect of the Constitution was born at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh on April 14, 1891.
The memorial is being built on a 12.5 acre plot at Dadar's Indu Mill, the bhoomipujan (foundation stone laying ceremony) of which was done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October, 2015. It will include a 350 feet tall statue of Ambedkar, a library and a replica of the historic Chavdar pond in Raigad. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the nodal agency executing the work, had earlier announced that construction firm Shapoorji Pallonji would be building the memorial. It is expected to cost Rs 500 crore.