The youth is largely unaware of the immense contribution of Babasaheb in nation building. It is time to recall his long-term struggle, determination and hard work on his 130th birth anniversary. It is laudable that the Central Government is doing its bit to bring to light the vision of Babasaheb's thoughts and philosophy to the new generation
-Rattan Lal Kataria
PM Modi inaugurates Dr Ambedkar National Memorial in New Delhi
Much revered Bodhisattva, Bharat Ratna, Babasaheb B R Ambedkar, the harbinger of social transformation and revolution, imbibed the ideas of great personalities like Buddha, Kabir and Mahatma Phule. He was born to divert the currents of the era and tides of time. The multifaceted personality of Baba Saheb is so vast and diversified that, it would not be wrong to assert that, it would take years even for an erudite scholar to understand and fathom its depth. On the occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Babasaheb on April 14th, 2021, the entire world in its heartfelt offering will seek inspiration from his indomitable spirit.
Vehicles of Socio-Economic Transformation
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji inaugurated Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, 15 - Janpath, New Delhi and Babasaheb's Mahaparinirvana Bhoomi 26, Alipur Road, New Delhi, in 2017-18. Following the instructions of Prime Minister, today these centers are acting as vehicles of socio-economic transformation through research in the field of social and economic studies. It will also serve as an expert think tank with a focus on inclusive development and socio-economic matters. In fact, the aim of our government is to bring to light the vision of Babasaheb's thoughts and philosophy to the new generation through these centers. The present generation is largely unaware of Babasaheb being the most educated person among his contemporaries which was the result and product of his long-term struggle, determination and hard work. The great man had himself experienced all the ills and inhuman evils which penetrated into the social fabric with time, such as untouchability, discrimination and contempt. However, Babasaheb never resorted to violence, but burnt the candle of his life trying to unify society, by giving the disadvantaged class its due reputation in society.
He was committed throughout his life to give a strong, self-reliant and dignified life to the downtrodden, exploited and deprived in the society. Babasaheb believed that social equality can be achieved only by creating social harmony. He said in Delhi on 24 November 1947, "We are all Indian mutual brothers - such a feeling is expected." This is called Bandhu Bhava, which is lacking these days. It is resulting in increasing cases of envy and jealousy. Therefore, for the nation to exist, this barrier will have to be removed, only then the nation will exist and brotherhood will flourish. If brotherhood fails to exist, equality, freedom too will become non-existent.
Contribution in Nation Building
I believe that, just as our government today is working to re-establish India, as the Vishwa Guru, Babasaheb too made similar efforts of contribution in the process of nation building. He revered Bharat Mata not only in greatest esteem, but was always concerned about the re-establishment of her honour. He opposed the prominence of competitive allegiance to religion, culture, caste and language, as he believed it to be a great hindrance in the cultivation of the feeling of Indianness and loyalty towards the nation. Opposing the formation of states on the basis of language, establishment of Hindi as the national language, education and quality of Sanskrit language, opposition to Article 370, his views on conversion, idea of utility of religion, importance of labor policy, reform, urbanisation and equal citizens, the Hindu Code Bill, importance given to the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, sensitivity towards women, national commitment, economic plans, role in water and power policy are many topics that reflect Babasaheb’s vision.
I believe that, just as our government today is working to re-establish India, as the Vishwa Guru, Babasaheb too made similar efforts of contribution in the process of nation building. He revered Bharat Mata not only in greatest esteem, but was always concerned about the reestablishment of her honour
Regarding the creator of the Constitution, Dr. Rajendra Prasad said on November 26, 1949, in the Savindhan Sabha, “Dr. Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution of the independent India gave the country a new constitution at the cost of his intelligence, talent and merit. Profoundly rich men of such mental caliber, stature and eternal talent seldom appear in the world. On one hand bearing years of unending suffering and humiliation, while filled with compassion love, equality and non-violence. On the other hand, Babasaheb gave the perfect example of his dedication for the country adopting Buddhism as an inseparable part of Indian culture. It is my belief that the present generation must learn from Babasaheb's life lessons that for larger national interest, personal trauma needs to be and should to be forgotten. On April 14, entire world will venerate and salute, the true son of Bharat Mata, Babasaheb. Entire India will evoke and remember his immense contribution for India. The world too will recall Babasaheb's contribution, as the cause of inspiration to the millions of people. But I have a special message for the younger generation, that the patriot, humanist, pious and great saint of virtue Babasaheb's ideals should not be merely followed on his birth anniversary, but should be borne every moment to be assimilated into life.”
(The writer is Minister of State, Social Justice & Empowerment and Jal Shakti)