Amid the second wave of COVID-19 global catastrophe the nation today salutes the architect of the Constitution of India, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, fondly called Babasaheb Ambedkar by his followers, was British India’s Minister of Labour in Viceroy’s Executive Council, a member of the Constituent Drafting Committee, independent India’s first Minister of Law and Justice, and is considered to be the chief architect of the Constitution of India. He was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits). Babasaheb Ambedkar was posthumously awarded India’s highest civilian honour the Bharat Ratna in 1990. Dr Ambedkar’s appeal remains undiminished among the cross sections of Indian society even today. The main objective of the celebration is to uphold the ideals and values of the Constitution and create an India that will make its founding fathers proud. Every year the important part of celebration comprises reading of the Preamble of Indian Constitution in the assemblies of educational institutions and other establishments. This definitely reminds the people especially the school going section of the population of the spirit and purpose of the Constitution of India which they are expected to strive for, being a substantial part of Indian society. Today being the birth anniversary of the great visionary leader Dr Ambedkar it is expected that more programmes will be organized by various agencies by organizing debates and discussions on the role of Dr Ambedkar in framing the Indian Constitution in the institutions of higher education. It would be much better and worth appreciation if all the ministries work relentlessly for the national cause of creating awareness about the constitution of the world’s largest democracy. Today it is the right occasion to realize that the basic philosophy embedded in our constitution is that of building an egalitarian society without fear or bias and ensuring that the people elect the government of their choice. It needs to be well understood that the
Constituent Assembly which met for 166 days over two years, 11 months and 18 days devised the basic political system of the republic in such a form that its ideals flourish forever. Therefore, when we celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar the framer of our Constitution, we once again reaffirm our faith in those ideals which should be reflected in our day to day life. Let us follow the fountainhead of all laws i.e. the Indian Constitution in the truest spirit. Our Constitution is a ray of hope that symbolizes harmony, opportunity, people’s participation and equality. Let us leave no stone unturned to achieve the goals set by the great leader for the Indian Society. Dr. Ambedkar, an erudite scholar and an outstanding legal luminary, had made invaluable contribution in framing the Indian Constitution besides his commitment towards nation building, particularly in regard to the upliftment of the weaker sections of society, it is high time that all the Indians, right from the grass roots level to those in the highest temple of Indian democracy, on this historic occasion come together and take a pledge to uphold the ideals and values of the Constitution by making these part and parcel of their daily life. This will be the greatest tribute to Dr Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary.