Dr Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated across city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 15 April 2019

The city celebrated the 128th birth anniversary of the Father of the Indian Constitution Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar with fervour.

Pune: The city celebrated the 128th birth anniversary of the Father of the Indian Constitution Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar with fervour. While songs hailing the reformer who uplifted the backward classes could be heard playing at several places across the city, there were rallies and celebrations everywhere. 

People from the city as well as surrounding areas gathered near the statue of Dr Ambedkar near Pune station to pay tribute to their hero. Political leaders and social activists visited the statue as a gesture of respect.

Celebration of ideology
To pay tribute to Dr Ambedkar and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule whose birth anniversary was celebrated recently, students of Fergusson College studied continuously for 14 hours. They have been celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti in this manner for several years. Books including those on Ambedkar were distributed among students.

Rally in Camp
Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society (MCES) organised a rally of students from Azam Campus to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Statue near Collector’s Office. Around 10,000 students from all communities participated. The rally showcased ‘Pune Pact’ of 1932 through live tableau. Pune Pact was an agreement between Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi signed on September 24, 1932. This is the 15th year of the procession.

At Symbiosis
Speaking at an event organised by Symbiosis Society, veteran author Sadanand More said, “The reputation that Dr Ambedkar got did not come easily to him, as he had to struggle at each step of his life to achieve it. Ambedkar had deep respect and love for Sanskrit and he wished to learn it. He believed that while individual freedom is a symbol of capitalism, equality is that of socialism. He said that Buddhism is the only religion where both these ideologies meet.”

Symbiosis Society’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial saw a large footfall on Sunday.

Tribute by slum dwellers and labourers Zopadpatti Suraksha Dal and Kamgar Suraksha Dal paid respects to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at his statue near Pune station on Sunday. Members of Zopadpatti Suraksha Dal, Maharashtra Pradesh celebrated Ambedkar Jayanti and determined to assert their right to vote and spread awareness for the same among others. Pune city President of Kamgar Suraksha Dal Santosh Botalji, Pune City Women’s President of the Dal, Surekha Bhalerao, Pune City President Mohammad Sheikh, Santosh Pille, Datta Kamble were among those present.

By Dalit Panther of India 
Around 100 students were provided study material by Dalit Panther of India, Maharashtra region. Booklets of Indian Constitution were distributed near the Ambedkar statue at Pune station. Chief of the organisation Bapusaheb Bhosale said, “It is our responsibility to maintain the integrity of the nation and unity in the society. We should break the caste barriers.”

Social activities
The Bhimjyot Mitra Mandal in Solapur Bazaar, Pune Camp arranged distribution of food grains by Vice-President of Pune Cantonment Board Priyanka Shrigiri. Members of Dalit Alpsankhyak Seva Pratisthan distributed pens near Aurora Tower in Camp. Maharashtravadi Yuvak Sena, a youth outfit, inaugurated a panpoi (a drinking water arrangement) and a public library in Mangalwar Peth.

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