As people across India paid tribute to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the Father of the Constitution of India on his 132nd Birth Anniversary, the India Peace Centre in collaboration with NCCI – DATA Concerns organized a discourse on “Ambedkar’s Narrative on Peace” on 14th April 2023 at India Peace Centre. The discourse highlighted the ways in which the life and work of Dr. Ambedkar contributed to peace-building through social justice.
The discourse began with all participants paying tribute to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar by offering flowers to his photograph and paying respects.
Mr. Angelious Michael, Director of India Peace Centre, in his opening address, spoke on the importance of education that played a significant role in the life of Dr. Ambedkar and prepared him to undertake the social reformation journey. He said, Dr. Ambedkar doesn’t belong to one particular caste or community, but to the nation. His struggle was to envision equality for all through the eradication of caste base discrimination. He inspired everyone irrespective of caste, gender, religion, or ethnicity. His contribution to the Constitution is a gift to the nation.
Dr. Yugal Rayalu, a retired professor was the keynote speaker of the discourse. He highlighted the strength of the Indian constitution emphasizing that the constitution ensures Equality for all citizens, Respect for the Rights of all, Power to the people, Liberty for all, Rule of Law, and Respect for the working class. He further said, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar during those days was already a gender-sensitive person which is reflected in the constitution. His vision was clearly the formation of an India of justice, equality and social cohesiveness through the implementation of the constitution.
Rev. Charles Sundarkumar, the Program Executive of NCCI – Dalit, And Tribal / Adivasi Concerns chaired the meeting and also offered a vote of thanks.