Ambedkar Jayanti is a national event that commemorates the birth anniversary of polymath and civil rights activist, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Every year on 14th April, people from different walks of life come together to pay tribute to his relentless contribution in breaking down the caste system and untouchability in India. He devoted his entire life in the service of country and played a pivotal role in protecting the rights of the Dalit community, making the new constitution for the country, establishing the Central Bank of India, comprehending the Indian economy and opening various economic gateways in the country. Fondly remembered as the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary aka Bhim Jayanti and Mahaparinirvan Diwas is observed as a public holiday since 2015.
This event is celebrated in the country to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar who was a politician, anthropologist, economist and philosopher, and the prestigious creator of the newly formed Indian Constitution. For the unversed, the great Dr. Ambedkar was the first untouchable in the society who completed Doctorate in Economics and received degrees from the prestigious Columbia University and the London School of Economics. He is the only Indian whose statue is erected next to Karl Marx in the London Museum which is indeed a matter of pride for every Indian.
He gained a great name in society as an outstanding student and scholar of law as well as participated in many campaigns for political rights and social freedom. His campaigns always aimed to support and promote the poorest of the poor in the caste system, who were none other than the “untouchables” of society.
Dr. Ambedkar was a social reformer and economist who dedicated his life in bringing positive changes and inclusivity in Indian society. He was born on 14th April 1891 in a humble family of Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. He faced casteism at the very beginning of his childhood and this discrimination fueld him to protest against the caste system of India. Later in his life, he converted his faith to Buddhism and practiced the teachings of Lord Buddha. He was looked upon as an