Naveen expresses heartfelt tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary
Bhubaneswar: April 14, 2018 marks the 127th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly and lovingly called as Babasaheb Ambedkar or Dr. BR Ambedkar.
Dr Ambedkar’s followers share wishes and messages on this day to celebrate the birth of their beloved leader. The father of Indian constitution and independent India’s first minister of Law and Justice was also an extraordinary scholar and thinker on issues of social and economic importance.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to twitter to express his heartfelt tributes to the great scholar, social reformer and chief architect of Indian Constitution Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar.
My heartfelt tributes to the great scholar, social reformer & chief architect of Indian Constititution Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. We are guided by his life-long strive for upliftment of the marginalized & creation of a just and equitable society pic.twitter.com/otchXRAahV
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 14, 2018
The life of this remarkable jurist and political thinker can be divided into three main chapters: Dr Ambedkar as a student; as a political and economic thinker and activist; and Dr. Ambedkar as India’s Law minister and principal head of the drafting of Indian Constitution. The best way to get a grasp of Dr Ambedkar’s personality is by going through his quotes that cover a broad spectrum of social, economic and other aspects of life.
Dr. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 in the military cantonment of Mhow which is now in Madhya Pradesh. His father, Ramji Maloji Sakpal had 14 children and Ambedkar was his last child. His mother was Bhimabai Sakpal and she was daughter of Laxman Murbadkar. Dr. Ambedkar’s family hailed from the town of Ambadawe in Maharashtra and the family belonged to Mahar caste- considered to be a brave martial caste but were treated as untouchable dalits. Ambedkar’s ancestors and his father had worked in the British Indian Army at the Mhow cantonment. Dr Ambedkar experienced discrimination even in school as a young boy both inside and outside the classroom. The students who were considered lower caste were made to sit separately in school, including Ambedkar and he wasn’t even allowed to drink water as only higher caste students had the privilege to. The students from non-higher castes and, especially untouchables as they were called, had the water poured for them from height, usually by the school peon. This differentiation on the basis of caste had a huge impact on Ambedkar’s mind and he made it his mission to fight the evil of caste from the society.