PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Dr Ambedkar National Memorial In Delhi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Dr Ambedkar National Memorial at 26, Alipur Road in North-West Delhi to the nation on the eve of his nationwide 127th    birth anniversary. The Father of the Indian Constitution, social activist, eminent jurist and the country’s first Law Minister Dr Baba Saheeb Ambedkar passed away in sleep in this house at the age of 65 on December 6, 1956. In the same house, his second spouse Savitabai, a spirited lady in her own right, also breathed her last in 2003. His mortal remains were taken to Mumbai’s Dadar Chowpatty Beach the next where he has been laid to rest. Dr Ambedkar, who parents were originally from Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, was born at Mhow Cantonment where his father was employed, on April 14, 1891.PM Modi travelled by Metro on Friday to the Dr Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Sthal where the memorial has been built. He boarded the metro train at The Lok Kalyan Marg Metro Station near his official residence. Dr. Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Sthal Road, was dedicated to the Nation by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India, in December 2003.He is also credited for recognising Dr Ambedkar, dedicated to better the lot of the oppressed, as Bharat Ratna .PM Modi had laid the foundation stone of the memorial on March 21, 2016.The memorial of Babasaheb Ambedkar, the creator of the Constitution of India has been given the shape of a book. The museum at the memorial intends to create an immersive experience into the life of Dr. Ambedkar, and his contribution to India, through extensive use of static media, dynamic media, audio-visual content, and multimedia technologies. A meditation hall has also been created. Toran Dwars, a Bodhi Tree, a musical fountain, and facade lighting are other important elements of the memorial. Ambedkar viewed the Shudras as Aryan and adamantly rejected the Aryan invasion theory, describing it as “so absurd that it ought to have been dead long ago” in his 1946 book Who Were the Shudras? Says Wikipedia. Dr Ambedkar viewed Shudras as originally being “part of the Kshatriya Varna in the Indo-Aryan society”, but became socially degraded after they inflicted many tyrannies on Brahmins. Arvind is of the view that Ambedkar noticed certain flaws in the Aryan invasion theory that were later acknowledged by western scholarship. For example, scholars now acknowledge anās in Rig Veda 5.29.10 refers to speech rather than the shape of the nose. Ambedkar anticipated this modern view by stating, Wikipedia says quoting Sharma.Since 1948, Ambedkar suffered from diabetes. He was bed-ridden from June to October in 1954 due to medication side-effects and poor eyesight. He was embittered by political issues affecting his health which worsened in 1955. Three days after completing his final manuscript The Buddha and His Dharma Dr Ambedkar died. A number of unfinished typescripts and handwritten drafts were found among Ambedkar’s notes and papers and gradually made available. Among these were Waiting for a Visa, which probably dates from 1935–36 and is an autobiographical work, and the Untouchables, or the Children of India’s Ghetto, which refers to the census of 1951.(PIB Image )

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