Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Current Affairs
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126th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R.Ambedkar was celebrated at the Parliament House complex. The President, Vice President and Prime Minister paid floral tributes to the statue of Ambedkar present in the Parliament House Lawns. The celebrations were organized by Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
Dr. B R Ambedkar was born on 14 April 1891 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Ambedkar was elected as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly. He is called as the father of the Indian Constitution.
Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha was the first organization formed by Dr. Ambedkar in 1924. Ambedkar was appointed as the first Law Minister of Independent India, but he resigned from the Cabinet on September 1951 due to differences with Nehru on the Hindu Code Bill. Ambedkar got himself converted to Buddhism on October 14, 1956. He died on December 6, 1956 at Delhi due to severe diabetic neurosis. After his death, his political party Scheduled Caste Federation was renamed as Republican Party of India in 1957 by his followers.
Some of his famous books are: ‘The Untouchable: Who are They and Why They Have Become Untouchables’; ‘Buddha and His Dhamma’; ‘The Rise and Fall of Hindu Women‘, ‘Emancipation of Untouchables’, ‘The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India’; ‘Pakistan or Partition of India‘, ‘Thoughts on Linguistic States’, etc.
The Union Government is going to observe birth anniversary of the father of Indian Constitution B R Ambedkar (April 14) as “Water Day” in the country.
It was announced by Union Minister for Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in New Delhi. She made this announcement while addressing a National Seminar on Marching ahead on Dr. Ambedkar’s path of water resources management for inclusive growth. It was organized by Central Water Commission (CWC) in New Delhi.
What is purpose?
The idea behind observing Water Day on birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar is to sensitise people about managing precious water resources. It will also spread awareness about work of Dr. Ambedkar who was also responsible for a definite all-India policy on managing water resources in India besides being instrumental in framing the country’s Constitution.
The CWC paper (Ambedkar’s contribution to water resources development) released on the occasion of the Dr. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary in April 2016 mentions that he was a pioneer in the field of developing multi-purpose projects for independent India. In fact, he was the moving spirit behind the Damodar Valley, Hirakud and other projects. He had helped in evolving a new water and power policy during 1942-46 to utilise the water resources of the country to the best advantage of everybody.