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Ambedkar Jayanti

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Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar the man who drafted the Indian Constitution. Huge processions are taken out to honor the memory of this great person who fought against all the odds to become a leader and who gave India its Constitution.

Ambedkar Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Ambedkar, a political leader and social activist. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was born in Madhya Pradesh on 14 April 1891 at the Military Headquarters of War (MHOW). His family belonged to the Mahar community of Maharashtra.

Born in a section of society that was treated as ‘untouchables’, from a young age, he was filled with a zest to bring about social change. Despite all the social and financial challenges, he was the first of the ‘untouchables’ to acquire higher education. After graduation, he went abroad to England and the United States for further studies and research. He earned Doctorates in many fields from the London School of Economics and Colombia University.

Dr. Ambedkar became the undisputed leader of the backward community in the country. The people looked up to him as someone who had risen above all obstacles to achieve so much in life and also become an important figure in the national freedom movement. Ambedkar was outspoken in his criticism of the British rulers and also the Indian National Congress for their failure to eradicate the practice of social discrimination in the country.

After Independence, Ambedkar served as the country’s first Law Minister. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, and he is credited with having drafted 90% of the Indian constitution. The country honored Ambedkar with its highest award ‘The Bharat Ratna’ in 1990.

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The Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti throughout the country. Processions and meetings are held in various parts of the country to mark the occasion. Many communities such as the Dalits organize meetings and cultural festivals on this day.

Political Parties, independent organizations and various leaders hold special conventions and meetings on this occasion. During Ambedkar Jayanti, several hundreds of thousands of people come together to pay homage to the leader at his Memorial, which is located in Mumbai.

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Various conventions, conferences and meetings are held, and the life and achievements of Ambedkar are discussed. People who are interested in the political and social history and those who want to learn about the socio-political reforms brought about by Ambedkar can find a lot of interesting activities to do during this day.

Ambedkar, the Architect of the Indian Constitution, was a social reformer and political activist who devoted his entire life to fight social injustice and outdated practices. Ambedkar Jayanti is a celebration of the discriminated sections of the society and it reminds us that nothing can stand in the way if a person has the motivation to succeed and bring about change.

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