Ambedkar Jayanti

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Ambedkar Jayanti
Ambedkar Jayanti Procession.png
Ambedkar Jayanti Procession at Chaitya Bhoomi
Official nameDr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti[1]
Also calledBhim Jayanti
Observed byIndia
TypeSecular; birth anniversary of B. R. Ambedkar
ObservancesCommunity, historical celebrations.
Date14 April
FrequencyAnnual
Related toAshok Vijaya Dashmi
Constitution Day (India)
Republic Day
Independence Day

Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti is an annual festival observed on 14 April to commemorate the memory of B. R. Ambedkar.[2] It marks Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's birthday who was born on April 14,1891. Since 2015 it has been observed as an official public holiday throughout India.[3] Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated not just in India but all around the world.[4]

Ambedkar Jayanti processions are carried out by his followers at Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai and Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur.[5] It is a customary for senior national figures, such as the President, Prime Minister and leaders of major political parties, to pay homage at the statue of Ambedkar at the Parliament of India in New Delhi. It is celebrated throughout the world especially by Hindu dalits, adivasi, labour workers, womens and also those who embraced Buddhism after his example. In India, large numbers of people visit local statues commemorating Ambedkar in procession with lot of fanfare.[6]

History[edit]

Babasaheb Ambedkar's first birthday was publicly celebrated on 14th April 1928 in Pune, by social activist and Ambedkarite Janardan Sadashiv Ranpise. He started the tradition of Babasaheb's birth anniversary or Ambedkar Jayanti.[7]

In 1990, Ambedkar was bestowed with Bharat Ratna award. The same year his life size portrait was also unveiled in the Central Hall of Parliament. The period from 14th April 1990 — 14th April 1991 was observed as "Year of Social Justice" in the memory of Babasaheb.[8]

The United Nations celebrated Ambedkar Jayanti in 2016, 2017 and 2018.[9][10][11][12]

Tributes[edit]

A Google Doodle was published for Ambedkar's 124th birthday.[13]

As Per Government of Maharashtra 14th of April is observed as Knowledge Day in memory of Babasaheb Ambedkar.[14][15]

In 2017, on the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti, Twitter launched Dr Ambedkar emoji as a tribute to the legend.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_6_2015_JCA-2-19032015.pdf Ambedkar Jayanti from ccis.nic.in on 19th March 2015
  3. ^ http://persmin.gov.in/ Webpage of Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievance & Pension
  4. ^ 125th Dr. Ambedkar Birthday Celebrations Around the World
  5. ^ "Ambedkar Jayanti - Bhim Jayanti - 14 April". Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  6. ^ Shastree, Uttara (1996). Religious Converts in India: Socio-political Study of Neo-Buddhists. Mittal Publications. ISBN 978-81-7099-629-3. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
  7. ^ "बाबासाहेबांची जयंती कधी आणि कोणी सुरू केली?". Loksatta (in Marathi). 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  8. ^ "Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb". 2006-05-05. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  9. ^ "Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated for the first time outside India as UN organises special event - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  10. ^ "http://velivada.com/2017/04/29/dr-ambedkar-jayanti-celebrated-at-united-nations/". velivada.com. Retrieved 2018-11-09. External link in |title= (help)
  11. ^ "UN celebrates Ambedkar's legacy 'fighting inequality, inspiring inclusion'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  12. ^ "संयुक्त राष्ट्र में मनाई गई डॉ. बाबासाहेब भीमराव आंबेडकर जयंती - News State". https://www.newsstate.com. Retrieved 2018-11-09. External link in |work= (help)
  13. ^ "B.R. Ambedkar, a hero of India's independence movement, honoured by Google Doodle". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  14. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/ambedkar-jayanti-to-be-celebrated-as-knowledge-day-in-state/article17998575.ece
  15. ^ government resolution of maharashtra dated 13-04-2017
  16. ^ Twitter Launched Dr Ambedkar Emoji on Dr Ambedkar Jayanti http://velivada.com/2017/04/12/twitter-launched-dr-ambedkar-emoji-dr-ambedkar-jayanti/

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