Wednesday, April 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] ‘Ambedkar was the architect of modern India’

'Ambedkar was the architect of modern India'

Express News Service
First Published : 20 Apr 2011 02:59:03 AM IST
Last Updated : 20 Apr 2011 12:10:13 PM IST

HYDERABAD: The architect of modern India - this is an epithet usually
given to Jawaharlal Nehru but it rightfully belongs to Dr BR Ambedkar,
said Prof BL Mungekar, Member of Parliament (Rajyasabha).

Speaking on 'Dr Babasaheb Ambedker's contribution to the making of
modern India' at the inaugural function of the Centre for Ambedkar
Studies (CAS) in the University of Hyderabad (UoH), the MP said that
Ambedkar had led millions of oppressed people to a life of
self-respect, dignity and responsibility.

He had always stressed on the importance of education for people's
upliftment and it was he who was primarily responsible for the
Constitution being adopted after India's independence, he said.

Ambedkar through his writings has moulded opinion and brought about a
revolution in the Indian society by expressing his views on caste
inequality, women's empowerment, social and political issues and
labour class movements and thus has contributed a lot to the making of
modern India.

Speaking about the new centre, Dr YK Ratnam, coordinator of CAS said,
"Writings are a modest attempt to mirror the prevailing issues of the
Indian society. Ambedkar's intellectual analysis and insights provide
a valuable resource to students and researchers as well as those
engaged in policy making." Prof Nancharaiah, dean of the school of
social sciences said more funds would be brought forth to develop CAS
in the 12th five year plan.

Acting university vice-chancellor, Prof V Kannan said that CAS will be
a good resource centre for scholars who want to do their research on

Prof I Ramabrahmam, head of the department of political scinece,
academicians from Osmania University, Ambedkar Open University etc,
research scholars and Dalit activists were also present.


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