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This weblog publish is visitor authored by: Vikas Tatad, graduate scholar, pursuing a Masters diploma in Worldwide and Comparative Training, Academics School, Columbia College, for the event of Dr. Ambedkar’s start anniversary, April 14th, 2022

On April 14th, 2022, quite a lot of college students and alumni gathered in Lehman library to commemorate the 131st start anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who’s  affectionately generally known as ‘Babasaheb.’ The start anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar (abbreviated ‘Bhim Jayanti’) is extensively celebrated around the globe. Dr. Ambedkar’s concepts and philosophy have lengthy paved the way in which for international social actions of emancipation. Because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, an in-person celebration of Bhim Jayanti was not doable: admirers of Dr. Ambedkar around the globe marked Bhim Jayanti on-line by using varied social media platforms and progressive modalities. Now that the influence and unfold of Covid -19 seems to be waning, this yr’s start anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar was cheerfully celebrated in individual, and a Bhim Jayanti celebration was organized on April 14, 2022, beneath the initiative of Ambedkarite College students of Columbia College and the World Research Unit, on the Columbia College Libraries.

For me, and as a scholar at Columbia, it was a terrific honor to rejoice Dr. Ambedkar at his alma mater. Dr. Ambedkar obtained his MA in June 1915 at Columbia College, majoring in economics and different topics akin to sociology, historical past, philosophy, and anthropology. He accomplished not one, however two masters theses, the second is entitled the Nationwide Dividend of India – A Historic and Analytical Research, and was submitted in 1916. On Might 9, 1916, additionally, Dr. Ambedkar introduced at Columbia, a paper entitled Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis, and Improvement. His legacy and deep roots at Columbia are nonetheless alive.

The anniversary celebration on April 14th included many audio system who addressed varied aspects of Dr. Ambedkar’s international ideas round processes of change, social justice and emancipation, together with their present influence and the challenges round them. The distinguished visitor audio system of the occasion included: Prof. Jenik  Radon, the essential Ambedkar Birthday Celebrationdrafter of the Interim Peace, 2006 Structure of Nepal; J. V. Pawar, Founding father of the Dalit Panther motion; Sujat Prakash Ambedkar, Scholar and the great-grandson of Dr. Ambedkar; Dr. Waman Gawai (Ambedkarite author); Dr. Prashant Narnaware IAS, Commissioner, Social Welfare Dept, Maharashtra, India, and Dr. Hemangi Kadlak, School at Vellore Institute of Know-how. The total program was streamed dwell on the Blue Morning Youtube channel in addition to on the Blue Morning Fb web page. 

Sudhir Wankhede (Saddhama Prachar Kendra, Maharashtra)
began this system by performing Buddhist prayers (Trisharan and Panshsheel), and the bust of Dr. Ambedkar was garlanded. Vikas Tatad then sung a Sambhaji Bhagat’s folks tune ‘Bhimraja re maya bhima’ and shared some ideas in regards to the significance of the tune. 

Ambedkar Jayanthi talksProf. Jenik Radon then shared his ideas on Dr. Ambedkar, stating that he fought for the reason for equality, which is mirrored within the Indian  structure. He described Dr. Ambedkar’s outstanding achievement in a single phrase: ‘inspiration.’ “ Dr. Ambedkar just isn’t solely India’s legacy; he’s additionally Columbia’s legacy. However he’s additionally lady’s legacy and an inspiration for girls, believing that Dr. Ambedkar measured the progress of a neighborhood by the diploma of progress which ladies have achieved.” 

The co-founder of the Dalit Panthers, novelist J V Pawar, then started his deal with by remembering Dr. Ambedkar’s nice contributions to values of equality and social justice: “Dr. Ambedkar attracts the rules of equality, liberty, fraternity, and justice from Buddha,” stated Pawar. “As a consequence of these religiously sanctioned discriminatory practices, he tried to reform Hinduism. In consequence, in 1935, he determined to bear spiritual conversion. Previous to 1935, many ex-untouchables have been transformed to different religions, however this had little influence on Hinduism. As an final result, Dr. Ambedkar determined to conduct mass conversions, and because of the conversion to Buddhism, many Ambedkarites have achieved nice success in several fields. Even Buddhist international locations are present process speedy growth.” It was a terrific pleasure for me to listen to Mr. Pawar, whose lively involvement within the Dalit motion and manufacturing of huge literature within the Dalit literary motion is commonly an inspiration for college kids who’re systematically marginalized.

Sujat Ambedkar then spoke and urged Dr. Ambedkar’s supporters to attempt to actively apply his sayings, values, and rules for human rights. Sujat said, “Indians are capturing many key positions like CEOs, administrators, deans, and lots of different influential posiitons throughout the globe. That is solely doable due to Dr. Ambedkar’s advocacy and exhausting work to incorporate honest academic insurance policies within the Indian Structure, as half and parcel of the values of a social welfare state. Whereas Dr. Ambedkar’s work in schooling has been criticized by many for demonstrating hatred for reservation insurance policies, in Sujat’s view, this was in actual fact one in every of Dr. Ambedkar’s most vital contributions to schooling as a principal architect of the Indian Structure. 

“Training is the accountability of the state, and the state should guarantee free, high-quality, and equal academic alternatives for all castes, no matter caste, class, creed, race, gender, and faith,” Sujat added. Moreover, Dr. Waman Gawai, the primary doctoral scholar from a small city within the Amravati district, interacted nearly with the scholars current on the eevnt. Gawai stated that Dr. Ambedkar’s final purpose was human emancipation. “Emancipation was not restricted to a particular part. The federal government ought to present simply and equal alternatives to society’s marginalized and minority teams. Dr. Ambedkar’s intention was for everybody to take part in governance. In line with Dr. Ambedkar, self-respect is a necessary a part of life that ought to be taught in colleges. In consequence, schooling ought to assist within the growth and growth of mankind’s capabilities.” 

Indian Administrative Companies (IAS) Prashant Narnaware was one of many Indian audio system who attended the occasion. Narnaware emphasised Dr. Ambedkar ‘s nice scholarship, and his inspiration to many individuals from the depressed class who’re rising by the ranks in each sector, together with politics, paperwork, the judiciary, enterprise, and lots of others, because of his unwavering efforts. “The ideas of Dr. Ambedkar are the one answer to beat the social disabilities we face,” Narnaware said. The agenda on which we should all work is ‘Educate, Agitate, and Unite.’ Ethical values akin to equality, liberty, fraternity, tolerance, unity, and justice should underpin fashionable society. As Dr. Ambedkar’s supporters, we merely make his desires a actuality. Yearly, the anniversary of his start reminds us of our huge social accountability.” On Dr. Ambedkar’s start anniversary, he delivered a strong message. He mentioned varied facets of Dr. Ambedkar’s life and urged Ambedkarites to hold on his legacy of strengthening society by cultivating the seeds of ethical values. 

“Dr. Ambedkar is the supply for understanding India’s true historical past.  We try to understand him by his writings, speeches, and different works of literature. Now we have been listening to songs about Dr. Ambedkar since we have been kids. He’s a task mannequin not just for Indians but in addition for individuals who have fought for the trigger everywhere in the world. Educated youth from India are leaving for larger schooling and jobs, spreading a message to the remainder of the world. “In the event that they see any discrimination, they elevate their voices,” Dr. Kadlak stated in her speech. “As per Hindu texts, crossing a sea and going for larger schooling was thought-about a sin due to these spiritual and socio-cultural norms. Dr. Ambedkar, alternatively, went to the US and England for his larger schooling, and it’s due to him that we’ve got begun to think about pursuing schooling from overseas. It aids within the growth of a world perspective,” she continues. Dr. Kadlak from India reminded us of the cultural practices and celebration of Bhim Jayanti in India, in addition to the way it has helped us perceive Dr. Ambedkar since childhood. For Dr. Kadlak, Dr. Ambedkar is the supply for unraveling Indian historical past and offering a essential lens to combat in opposition to any discrimination inflicted on marginalized sections of society anyplace on the earth. 

Sunil Abhiman Awachar art exhibitionVipin Tatad’s Jai Bhim Kadak – 2 Rap was launched dwell throughout the occasion within the second a part of the digital and in-person session. He’s a younger rapper from Amravati, India, and he was the occasion’s one-of-a-kind attraction. One other spotlight of the occasion was a portray exhibition arrange on the venue by Dr. Sunil Abhiman Awachar (College of Mumbai). The present was introduced by Nayan Meshram and Surbhi Dahivalkar. The Indian Structure’s preamble was learn on the finish of the occasion. Gary Hausman (Librarian for South Asian Research) and Pamela Graham, Director, Humanities & World Research, Columbia College, New York, USA, have offered particular help for the occasion.

Publish written by visitor blogger, scholar Vikas Tatad, pursuing an MA in Worldwide and Comparative Training, Academics School, Columbia College.

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