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Ambedkar Jayanthi ProgramThis weblog publish is visitor authored by: Vikas Tatad, graduate scholar, pursuing a Masters diploma in Worldwide and Comparative Schooling, Lecturers 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 often known as ‘Babasaheb.’ The start anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar (abbreviated ‘Bhim Jayanti’) is broadly celebrated around the globe. Dr. Ambedkar’s concepts and philosophy have lengthy paved the best way 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 modern 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 particular person, and a Bhim Jayanti celebration was organized on April 14, 2022, underneath the initiative of Ambedkarite College students of Columbia College and the International Research Unit, on the Columbia College Libraries.

For me, and as a scholar at Columbia, it was an ideal 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 Examine, and was submitted in 1916. On Could 9, 1916, additionally, Dr. Ambedkar offered at Columbia, a paper entitled Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis, and Growth. 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 important 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, College at Vellore Institute of Expertise. The complete program was streamed reside 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 people track ‘Bhimraja re maya bhima’ and shared some ideas in regards to the significance of the track. 

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 exceptional achievement in a single phrase: ‘inspiration.’ “ Dr. Ambedkar is just not solely India’s legacy; he’s additionally Columbia’s legacy. However he’s additionally girl’s legacy and an inspiration for ladies, believing that Dr. Ambedkar measured the progress of a group by the diploma of progress which girls have achieved.” 

The co-founder of the Dalit Panthers, novelist J V Pawar, then started his tackle by remembering Dr. Ambedkar’s nice contributions to values of equality and social justice: “Dr. Ambedkar attracts the ideas of equality, liberty, fraternity, and justice from Buddha,” stated Pawar. “On account of these religiously sanctioned discriminatory practices, he tried to reform Hinduism. Because of this, in 1935, he determined to endure non secular conversion. Previous to 1935, many ex-untouchables had 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 an ideal 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 usually 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 ideas 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 arduous work to incorporate truthful instructional 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 the truth is one in all Dr. Ambedkar’s most vital contributions to schooling as a principal architect of the Indian Structure. 

“Schooling is the accountability of the state, and the state should guarantee free, high-quality, and equal instructional 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 just about with the scholars current on the eevnt. Gawai stated that Dr. Ambedkar’s final aim 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 an important a part of life that ought to be taught in colleges. Because of this, schooling ought to help within the growth and enlargement of mankind’s capabilities.” 

Indian Administrative Providers (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 via the ranks in each sector, together with politics, paperwork, the judiciary, enterprise, and lots of others, on account 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 trendy society. As Dr. Ambedkar’s supporters, we merely make his desires a actuality. Yearly, the anniversary of his start reminds us of our monumental social accountability.” On Dr. Ambedkar’s start anniversary, he delivered a robust 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 grasp him via his writings, speeches, and different works of literature. We’ve got been listening to songs about Dr. Ambedkar since we had been youngsters. He’s a job mannequin not just for Indians but additionally for many who have fought for the trigger everywhere in the world. Educated youth from India are leaving for greater schooling and jobs, spreading a message to the remainder of the world. “In the event that they see any discrimination, they increase their voices,” Dr. Kadlak stated in her speech. “As per Hindu texts, crossing a sea and going for greater schooling was thought-about a sin due to these non secular and socio-cultural norms. Dr. Ambedkar, however, went to america and England for his greater schooling, and it’s due to him that we’ve begun to contemplate 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 important lens to struggle towards any discrimination inflicted on marginalized sections of society anyplace on this planet. 

Sunil Abhiman Awachar art exhibitionVipin Tatad’s Jai Bhim Kadak – 2 Rap was launched reside 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 offered 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 & International Research, Columbia College, New York, USA, have offered particular assist for the occasion.

Put up written by visitor blogger, scholar Vikas Tatad, pursuing an MA in Worldwide and Comparative Schooling, Lecturers School, Columbia College.

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