Ambedkar's admirers turn out in their Sunday best
Linah Baliga, TNN | Apr 15, 2011, 04.07am IST
MUMBAI: Around 5,000 Dalits, dressed in dapper suits, gathered at the
Khar Gymkhana ground to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr
Babasaheb Ambedkar on Thursday. The organizers wanted the participants
to emulate the bespectacled scholar-statesman, who always wore a blue
"We wanted to convey the message that we are qualified in our chosen
fields. Hence, the dress code was a must," said Sundip More, a Dalit
"The intention behind organizing this event was to educate youngsters
so that they can venture into various professions," said Kiran Sakpal,
a Dalit businessman.
He added, "We decided to celebrate this occasion on a grand scale at
Khar Gymkhana as many accomplished youngsters from the community
weren't comfortable with the idea of commemorating it on the street.
When it comes to festivals, there is no mention of this auspicious
day. While we visit a friend's home for Ganpati, we are unable to
invite them on Ambedkar Jayanti."
Sangharaj Roopvate and former deputy police commissioner Vanzari were
some of the accomplished Dalits who created awareness among the youth
at the event.
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