In B R Ambedkar’s vision, a model for governance today

Source– The post is based on the article “In B R Ambedkar’s vision, a model for governance today” published in “The Indian Express” on 15th April 2023.

Syllabus: GS1- Personalities associated with modern Indian history

Relevance– Ambedkar ideas and life

News– India is celebrating the 132th birth anniversary of Ambedkar.

What are the contributions of Ambedkar?

In every assignment, from his association with the Simon Commission, three Round Table conferences, as labour member in the Viceroy’s Council and as chairman of the Constitution’s drafting committee, he firmly safeguarded the interests of the people.

He stressed establishing institutions for a just society.

What are the steps taken by the current government to preserve the legacy of Ambedkar?

Under the Ministry of Culture, the National Research for Conservation of Cultural Property, Lucknow, has preserved Babasaheb’s belongings for posterity.

A total of 1,358 objects, including the typewriter used to draft the Constitution, have been preserved and will be showcased at the upcoming Dr B R Ambedkar Socio-Economic & Culture Centre, Chicholi Nagpur.

This centre will emerge as a sacred place, highlighting glimpses of his contribution to building the nation.

How actions of the Modi government indicate the acceptance of Ambedkar ideas?

From the planning to the implementation level, the governance system follows Ambedkar’s vision.

Government’s efforts has led to dedicated development of the Panch Tirtha, Dr Ambedkar International Centre, and the implementation of pro-poor and people-centric policy measures to facilitate the ease of life of citizens.

These are steps that bring the government closer to Ambedkar’s ideas. Stand-Up India, Start-Up India, PM Awas Scheme, BHIM, Mudra, and JAM trinity are some of the examples.

The Prime Minister’s Panch Pran mantra wants to make a developed India by taking pride in our roots, removing traces of the colonial mindset. It is also reflected in Ambedkar’s ideas.

Ambedkar believed that the constitutional ideals and social philosophy of “liberty, equality and fraternity” have Indian cultural roots, from the teachings of the Buddha. They are not merely a legacy of the French Revolution.

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