Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Ambedkar Jayanti: States urged to take steps to prevent violence

Ambedkar Jayanti: States urged to take steps to prevent violence

The annual observance takes place on 14 April to commemorate the memory of BR Ambedkar on his birth anniversary.

"The administration has identified a total of 21 spots in Meerut city as hyper-sensitive and 35 in rural areas". He appreciated the five pillars of the Constitution - Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, and Democratic Republic and said that all were blessed to have them as citizens of India.

Amid incidents of vandalism across India, that started with razing of a Lenin statue in Tripura, a statue of BR Ambedkar was found to be locked in an iron cage in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district.

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A number of Ambedkar's statues were desecrated following the protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act by the Supreme Court. However, later he withdrew and said that the supporters should protest but in a peaceful manner.

On Thursday, a photograph of a statue of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in Gaddi Chowk area of Badaun, enclosed in an iron cage with a policeman sitting besides it, went viral. As per the call, the workers raised slogans as Solanki reached the venue.

In Aurangabad, the police band troops led by SRP inspector Rajendra Katul saluted the statue of Dr Ambedkar at Bhadkal gate and paid rich tribute this morning.

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Late on Friday night, clashes broke out between Dalits and a Hindu outfit in Phagwara in Punjab over renaming of a junction. Four persons were injured in the clash forcing the administration to suspend internet connection in four districts of the state - Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar. Heavy police force was deployed in view of the tense situation.

The 127th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar will be celebrated in the Islands too, together with the rest of the country, tomorrow. "We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution".

But amid an undercurrent of anger in the community and allegations that the government was sidelining Dalits, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said the BJP's overdrive to cultivate Dalits with the help of optics won't cut.

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