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[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar was most educated economist of India: Narendra Jadhav

Ambedkar was most educated economist of India: Narendra Jadhav

Saturday, December 5, 2009 22:31 IST
Amravati: Even though Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is known more for being
the architect of the Constitution, but basically, he was the most
educated economist of the country, Dr Narendra Jadhav, member of
Planning Commission of India, said here today.

Ambedkar's thoughts of economics have made a significant impact on the
social movement he led for downtroddens in the country and they were
way ahead of his times, Jadhav said.

Jadhav was delivering a lecture as part of 'Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
Lecture Series' organised by Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University. Vice
chancellor of Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University Dr Kamal Singh
presided over the programme.

Dr Jadhav said that Ambedkar was a 'Pradnya Surya' and his
intelligence was boundless. "Dr Ambedkar studied many subjects, wrote
on them even while running social movement. But he was mainly an
economist and this is evident through various economic provisions made
in our Constitution. During his study of economics, he wrote
dissertations and research papers on subjects like the problem of
Indian Rupee, its origin and solutions, gold standards and gold
exchange standards and many more," he added.

Ambedkar's book on economic relation between the then provinces and
Central government of the country during the British rule is still a
reference book for all economists and main inspirational source of
finance commissions in the country, Jadhav said. Ambedkar, in 1928,
had written about bringing restrictions on moneylenders and ways to do
that, said Jadhav.

Jadhav, a former vice chancellor of Pune University, also recalled the
debate between Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar on the issue of caste
system in India. Ambedkar had stressed during that debate that caste
system in India has made strong impact on our economic system.

"He (Ambedkar) told that in India, caste system does not mean only the
division of labour but also the division of labourers," said Jadhav.

Jadhav asked students to acquire thoughts of Ambedkar like 'learn,
unite and struggle,' 'I am an Indian first and will remain Indian
forever, be the light of wisdom of yourself and don't accept the
slavery of anybody.'

"We all should have a sense of social responsibility and we should
develop it purposefully. Intellectuals without such sense, prove to be
nothing but 'High IQ Morons'.

Students should have big goals, tremendous will power, readiness for
hard work, time management, avoid short cuts and identify the
importance of parents in time," said Jadhav, author of many books and
receiver of many awards.

Mumbai BJP president Gopal Shetty along with senior leaders Ram Naik
and Vinod Tawde also visited 'Chaityabhoomi' to offer tributes to
Ambedkar. Deputy mayor of Mumbai Shailja Girkar was also present.

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