Indian American Congressman, Khanna honor Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary


During his time, Dr. BR Ambedkar was a force to reckon with. He stood for what’s right and he stood his ground strong facing all kinds of challenges a man could. Almost single-handedly he changed the course of Indian history to more just and equal system that the Indians take advantage of. And he was the one that scripted the current constitution of India and aptly he is called the architect of India’s Constitution.

He is a great inspiration to every lawmaker across the world, who carries the responsibilities of the country

In order to honor his memory, on his 130th birth anniversary, an Indian-American Congressman has introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives for a second consecutive year, so that young leaders around the world can be inspired by his vision for equality.

“Ambedkar stood for an India and America where we respect the dignity of all,” said Ro Khanna, the Democratic Congressman, in a tweet after introducing the legislation in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Dr Ambedkar’s contributions to economics, political science, civil rights, religious harmony, and jurisprudence have had a profound impact around the world, promoting democratic values, unfettered equality, and justice for peoples of all castes, races, genders, religions, and backgrounds.

“Today, I’m reintroducing my resolution to honor B R Ambedkar, in the hopes that young leaders around the world will read his work and be inspired by his vision for equality,” he said.

The resolution acknowledges the profound impact of America’s discriminatory practices, specifically 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.

Honoring the accomplishments of Ambedkar and the impact of his legacy on the Constitution of India and jurisprudence and legal scholarship around the world; the resolution affirms the prohibition of untouchability and caste discrimination in all forms, as enshrined in the principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The resolution notes that former US president Barack Obama invoked BR Ambedkar’s contribution to the Indian Constitution and society in an address before the Indian parliament in 2010.

”We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, every person can fulfil their God-given potential. Just as a Dalit like Dr Ambedkar could lift himself up and pen the words of the Constitution, that protects the rights of all Indians,” he had said.

Dr Ambedkar, the resolution said, led one of the largest civil rights movements in history, working to establish basic rights for hundreds of millions of Dalits, and succeeded in including Article 17 in the Constitution of India which abolishes untouchability and its practice in any form.