Indian consulate celebrates
Dr B R Ambedkar’s 120th birth anniversary
Father of the Indian Constitution Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s 120th birth anniversary was celebrated with a lecture and other programs at the Indian consulate in New York, sponsored by the consulate and the Dr
Ambedkar International Mission Inc USA.
About 125 academics, social activists, local officials and
media personnel attended the lecture-celebrations.
Professor Ramnarayan S Rawat of the University of
Delaware spoke on ‘Dr B R Ambedkar’s contribution to
nation-building’ and explained the Indian leader’s intellectual journey. He noted how different people and organizations started aligning their local and regional activities to
support and merge with Dr Ambedkar’s thoughts.
Prabhu Dayal, India’s consul general in New York, called
Dr Ambedkar a true jewel of India. Dr Ambedkar was a
reformer, jurist, politician, Buddhist activist, historian,
philosopher, thinker and economist, he pointed out. He
also noted the Indian government’s contribution to estab-
lish the Ambedkar Chair at the Columbia University.
A snapshot from the event
his thoughts on liberalism and constitutional ways to solve
A new portrait of Dr Ambedkar is to be installed inside
the consulate. The AIM has commissioned the painting
from Pune, Maharashtra-based artist Nitin Uple.
At the Dr Ambedkar Lecture at Columbia May 7,
Professor Katherine Newman of John Hopkins University,
Baltimore, will speak on ‘Blocked by Caste Economic
Discrimination in Modern India.’ Dr Gary Tartakov, former
professor, Iowa State University, will speak on ‘Dr
Ambedkar and Imagery.’