New Delhi: Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti, the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, will be celebrated across the country on April 14. Several parliamentarians - Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Thaawar Chand Gehlot, along with top political leaders including Congress' Sonia Gandhi paid respect to B R Ambedkar today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several initiatives today including a BHIM Aadhaar platform for merchants and cashback and bonus schemes for BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money). Prime Minister Narendra Modi later tweeted:
We are unwavering in our efforts towards creating a strong, prosperous & inclusive India of Dr. Ambedkar's dreams. #JaiBhim- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 13, 2017
B R Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Constitution of India, was born to a Mahar (dalit) caste family on 14 April 1891 in Mhow (now known as Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Madhya Pradesh). His father worked in the army of British East India Company. As a child, Mr Ambedkar was not allowed to sit inside class because of his caste.
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar completed his school from Elphinstone High School and later pursued a degree in economics and political science from Elphinstone College, University of Mumbai. With the help of a scholarship, he completed his Masters in Economics (Major) at Columbia University and Doctor of Science in Economics from London School of Economics.
Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar fought against 'untouchability' throughout his life. He played a major role in Mahatma Gandhi-led Harijan movement, protesting against social injustices faced by people from backward castes. He was one of the first to point out that Hinduism is the foundation of the caste system. In 1956, he converted to Buddhism.