“I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality, and fraternity”.
These are the immortal words of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, who utilized education as a channel to fight with caste differentiation in India. “Babasaheb” was the first Indian economist to study abroad. His exemplary life journey sets a goal in front of people, who deal with hardships because of futile social norms.
It is unfortunate to see the ongoing conflicts in the country, as Babasaheb devoted his whole life towards the upliftment of society and bringing equality.
Another quote by Babasaheb says that,
“Men are mortal. So are the ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die”.
Recently, Members of Dalit community “cleansed” B R Ambedkar’s statue, soon after Union minister Maneka Gandhi and BJP leaders paid floral tributes on his 127th birth anniversary. The community members claimed that their presence “polluted” the atmosphere.
This is none less than a sad demise of the idea of equality.
In a developing society, change is inevitable. When BJP government introduced BHIM application as a symbol of digital India and growth, it was apparent that the ideas of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar are blooming in the hearts of Indians even today.
However, one decision by the apex court shook the roots of the belief in Babasaheb’s revolutionary deeds and thoughts.
As we know from the facts that, during all those years, when Congress ruled the nation, they did not bring up the name of “Babasaheb” as frequently as they ought to.
The fact that, Dr. Ambedkar was honoured with Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1990 proves that the ruling party showed minimal gratification, awarding him after so many years of his death. Even today, we see veteran parties like Congress provoking Dalits and SC/ST members on the name of Dr. Ambedkar.
On the other hand, India is living a thriving reality where, BJP rules most of the states of the country and the rule of Congress party is becoming a history now. One of the prominent leaders of Congress party, Shashi Tharoor is known for making a remark about the history of British rule in India, saying, “You can’t revenge yourself upon history, history is its own revenge”. It means, no matter how much British choose to recite a glorious story of colonial times, the history proves that the British colonization was not an upliftment of a backward society but more like a rigorous oppression of wealthy nation like India.
Then, came the rulers like, Indian National Congress, which never esteemed anyone but its own family members. A considerably delayed honouring of Dr. Ambedkar with Bharat Ratna is one of the examples of Congress’s self-absorbed rule.
For Congress, it’s time for some introspect because what Shashi Tharoor said, applies to everyone(including his own faction). The history of Congress rule talks about party’s ignorance towards personalities like Babasaheb.
Certainly, they did not eulogize Dr. Ambedkar’s ideas as much as they are now condemning the ruling party’s works. The facts prove that it is nothing more than a disguised attempt of igniting caste politics in the nation.
It the result of those hateful motives that, the members of Dalit community can only see ‘a black spot on the white paper’.