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City turns blue on Ambedkar Jayanti

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People pay rich tribute to Father of Constitution by installing his statue and organising public feast, cultural programmes and numerous events across the city

BHOPAL : Following violent clashes on April 2 and subsequent Bharat bandh called against the Supreme Court’s March 20 order by numerous anti-quota, SC/ST and Dalit organisations on April 10, Bhopal turned blue on Saturday when followers of Dr BR Ambedkar in thousands waved blue flags, chanted “jai jai Bhim” and showed their strength of unity at a demonstration staged on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Father of the Indian Constitution.

The main function was held at Board Office Square which witnessed installation of an Amedekar statue. Besides, Ambedkarites took out processions and organised various events across the city to mark the occasion. Politicians as well as people of all walks of life, regardless to their caste paid rich tributes to Amedkar, and various groups and institution set up stalls on Link-Road No. 1 to offer food and beverages to common public.


Unlike previous year, instead of 127 kg cake this year’s celebration saw public feast with delicious veg-Birynai and halwa complimented by chilled ‘sarbat’ and ‘chhachh’ (butter-milk). Besides, a cultural programme based on Babasaheb’s life was also organised to add to the fervour.

Kautilya Academy, which runs coaching classes for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Public Service Commission (MPPSC) and other government recruitment exams, distributed veg-Briyani, while there were so many organisations which offered sweets to the passersby.

Commenting on the current political turmoil over caste issues in the country, IAS officer JN Kansotia said “Ambedkarites must follow the Constitution made by none other than Dr Ambedkar to maintain peace and harmony in society at all levels.” He also distributed prizes to kids who participated in the cultural programme, and motivated them to take part more in such musical, dance and other art endeavours.

Meanwhile, in view of the recent violence in the state, especially in the city, heavy police force was deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

Notably, in its March 20 ruling, the Supreme Court said public servants can’t be prosecuted without the approval of the appointing authority, and private citizens too should be arrested only after an inquiry under the law. It further ruled that preliminary inquiry in a case under the Act would be conducted by deputy superintendent of police to ensure the allegations are not frivolous.

The anti-caste crusaders and activists minced no word in sending the message to the Parliament as well as common public that united they can uplift the oppressed and abolish the regressive caste system in India same as Dr Ambedkar’s struggle made it possible for Dalits and other low caste countrymen to become collectors, doctors, engineers and top government job holders in the country.

Anti-caste crusaders and activists minced no word in sending message to the Parliament as well as common public that united they can uplift the oppressed and abolish the regressive caste system in India same as Dr Ambedkar’s struggle made it possible for Dalits and other low caste countrymen to become collectors, doctors, engineers and top government job holders in the country