Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a pioneer in the movement to make India a free, fair, and just society for everyone in it: Rep. Ro Khanna
As India celebrated the 130th birth Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, California Congressman Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a House resolution to honour B.R. Ambedkar. Rep. Ro Khanna, an Indian American Democrat, in the US House of Representatives for a second consecutive year. He believes that the Indian patriot who championed the rights of women and Dalits and the architect of India’s constitution should be honoured on his 130th birth anniversary.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) as well as Eliot Engel (D-NY).
“Ambedkar stood for India and America where we respect the dignity of all. Today, I’m reintroducing my resolution to honour BR Ambedkar, in the hopes that young leaders around the world will read his work and be inspired by his vision for equality”, wrote Rep. Ro Khanna in a tweet while reintroducing his resolution for the second consecutive year.
Ambedkar stood for an India and America where we respect the dignity of all.
Today, I’m reintroducing my resolution to honor BR Ambedkar, in the hopes that young leaders around the world will read his work and be inspired by his vision for equality. pic.twitter.com/dckRS2Kgmz
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) April 14, 2021
What does the Resolution states?
Rep. Khanna’s resolution acknowledges the ‘profound impact’ of America’s own discriminatory practices on Ambedkar, specifically pointing to the systematic discrimination of African Americans and women in the United States as influential in his pursuit to guarantee equal rights for every human being in the Indian constitution. Additionally, the resolution celebrates Ambedkar’s historic labour reforms, codification of gender equality, and the successful inclusion of Article 17 in the Constitution of India, which abolished untouchability and its practice in any form.
In a release issues by Khanna in 2020, he wrote, “Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a pioneer in the movement to make India a free, fair, and just society for everyone in it. He mobilized a generation to push back against discrimination and to instead celebrate equality, human rights, and universal tolerance. Today, we stand at a moment in world history when we could all use more of that compassionate spirit. I’m proud to work with Equality Labs and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to make this landmark resolution a reality.”
The resolution honours the accomplishments of Ambedkar and his role in the formation of India’s Constitution. It also asserts the prohibition of untouchability and caste discrimination, while recognising that equality, justice and liberty are essential rights for all people.
The resolution noted Ambedkar’s contributions to economics, political science, civil rights, religious harmony, and jurisprudence around the world.
(With inputs from PTI)
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