Ambedkar Jayanti 2022- History, Quotes, Books, and Contributions
Ambedkar Jayanti also called Bhim Jayanti is observed as a public holiday across India since 2015. 14th April 2022 is the 131st birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Also known as Babasaheb, Ambedkar was born on April 14 1891 in the Mhow Tehsil of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Every year Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated on this day to celebrate beloved Babasaheb’s birthday. Ambedkar Jayanti is also celebrated as ‘Equality Day’. While in Tamil Nadu a full-sized bronze statue of Ambedkar will be erected, in Uttar Pradesh local events will be organized to observe Ambedkar Jayanti 2022. The tallest statue of BR Ambedkar is planned to be constructed in Hyderabad. There is so much more to know about Dr BR Ambedkar Jayanti 2022. Let us dive in.
Ambedkar Jayanti – Historical Significance
The first Ambedkar Jayanti was celebrated on 14th April 1928 in Pune by Janardan Sadashiv Ranapisay, a proud Ambedkarite. Belonging to the Mahar caste, Ambedkar faced social discrimination. He witnessed casteism from an early age. His father was Ramji Makoji Sakpal, an army officer in the British India Army. His mother was Bhimabai Sakpal. In 1906, Ambedkar was married to Ramabai.
Ambedkar, a jurist and economist, finished his matriculation in 1907. He graduated with BA Honours in Economics and Political Science from Elphinstone College. He did his MA and finished his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in the year 1927. In total, Ambedkar had 9 degrees – B.A, two M.As, MSc, DSc, a Ph.D., LLD, D.Litt, and Bar-at-Law. He was the first Indian to study Economics abroad. On August 29, 1947, Dr. Ambedkar was appointed as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee.
Contribution of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Towards Indian Society
Dr Ambedkar promoted the education of Dalits. He made huge efforts in making educational institutes inclusive. Babasahed represented his community in the government. He advocated separate electorates for the Depressed Classes. In 1925, he was a member of the Bombay Presidency Committee that worked with the Simon Commission. With the aim of promoting education and the social and economic development of Dalits, he established the Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha. He also started magazines like Mooknayak, Equality Janta, and Bahishkrit Bharat. For the representation of the working class, he founded the Independent Labour Party
Babasaheb also worked as Minister of Labour in the Viceroy’s Executive Council. He was appointed to the Rajya Sabha in 1952 and remained a member till his death.
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Books Written by Ambedkar
Dr. Ambedkar has brilliantly articulated his knowledge and experience in his books. What better way of getting to know him than reading his books? Here is a list of some of his well-known books. Each book deals with important topics like Untouchability, Equality, Religion, and Justice.
- Annihilation of Caste
- Who were the Shudras
- The Buddha and His Dhamma
- Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis, and Development
- The Untouchables: Who were they and why they became untouchables
- Waiting for a Visa: Autobiographical Notes
- Buddhist Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Ancient India
- Against the Madness of Manu: B.R Ambedkar’s Writings on Brahmanical Patriarchy
- Philosophy of Hinduism
- Ranade, Gandhi, and Jinnah
- History of Indian Currency and Banking
- States and Minorities
- Which is worse? Slavery or Untouchability
- With the Hindus
- Hindu Social Orders and Symbols
- Literature and Triumph of Brahamansim
- The Problem of Political Suppression
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Famous Quotes by Ambedkar
Words have the strength of a sword. They can give hope to the helpless. One way to remember the greatness of Babasaheb is to read his quotes. Here are some of the most famous words by Dr. B.R Ambedkar.
- I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
- If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.
- I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality, and fraternity.
- Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.
- Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
- Life should be great rather than long.
- Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die.
- Though I was born a Hindu, I solemnly assure you that I will not die as a Hindu
- Equality may be fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.
- The teachings of Buddha are eternal, but even then Buddha did not proclaim them to be infallible.
- Constitution is not a mere lawyer’s document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.
This was all for this article. Babasaheb was a believer in equality and fraternity. He fought for his rights. Happy Ambedkar Jayanti!
Ambedkar Jayanti 2022 FAQs
Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated on the 14th of April every year.
Bhim Rao Ambedkar was born on April 14 1891 in the Mhow Tehsil of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Dr. Ambedkar formed political parties like Indian Republican Party, Scheduled Cast Federation, and Independent Labor Party.
Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated since 2015 to commemorate the birth of Dr. B.R Ambedkar.
Dr. Ambedkar wrote books like Annihilation of Caste, Who were the Shudras, Waiting for a Visa, etc.