The entire country will be celebrating the 120th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R.Ambedkar today, 14th April 2011. Dr. Ambedkar was the Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution.
But Dr. Ambedkar was much more than that. He was a valiant fighter for the cause of social justice and social equality. He fought his entire life for the upliftment of the depressed classes. In the words of Ram Manohar Lohia: ” A valiant person who fought against the evil of exploitation in all its horrid aspects; one who was convinced that caste was the only obstacle to the nation’s progress; one who openly stated that the parliamentary form of democracy would not be successful, unless the epidemic of casteism was eradicated.”
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister praised him: ” Dr. Ambedkar would be remembered mostly as the symbol of revolt against all the oppressing features of Hindu society. His virulent opposition to these oppressive features had kept people’s mind awake. … He revolted against something which every body should revolt against”.
Dr. Ambedkar was a leader who inculcated self-respect and the potential to fight for justice among the depressed classes.
Despite all these brave words, it is saddening that even in the 21st century, the oppressive system of untouchability and casteism still remain. In Tamil Nadu, under the leadership of the CPI(M), a strong movement against untouchability has started. Many walls constructed to separate the so-called high and low castes in certain villages have been demolished, but still many remain. Lands allotted to SC/ST are snatched away by the powerful people. No serious effort is being made by the government to ensure education to the depressed classes. Reservation is not fully implemented. Even after 60 years of Independence, these discrimination continues.
On this 120th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar, let us take solemn pledge that each one of us will make all out efforts to remove the scourge of untouchability from the country and to ensure that all men/women are equal and have equal rights This will be our dedication to the memory of this great revolutionary.