An Indian-American Congressman has introduced a resolution in the United States Legislature for a second consecutive year to honour Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, on his 130th birth anniversary so that young leaders around the world can be inspired by his vision for equal rights.
India is commemorating the 130th birth anniversary of Ambedkar this year.
“Ambedkar meant an India and also America where we respect the dignity of all,” Indian-American Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna claimed in a tweet after presenting the legislation in the US House of Representatives on 14th April, 2021.
“Today, I’m reintroducing my resolution to honour B R Ambedkar, in the hopes that young leaders around the globe will certainly read his work as well as be inspired by his vision for equality”, he stated.
Introduced by Khanna for the second consecutive year, the resolution recognizes the extensive impact of America’s biased practices, particularly the organized discrimination of African-Americans and women in the United States, as significant in his search to assure equal rights for every human being in the Indian constitution.
Honouring the success of Ambedkar and also the impact of his tradition on the constitution of India as well as lawful scholarship all over the world, the resolution affirms the prohibition of untouchability and also caste discrimination in all kinds, as preserved in the principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Recognising that equality, justice and liberty are vital civil liberties for all people, the resolution states that Dr. Ambedkar’s contributions to economics, political science, civil rights, spirituality, as well as law have had an extensive influence around the globe, promoting democratic principles, unconfined equal rights, and justice for individuals of all castes, races, sexes, religions, as well as histories.
The resolution keeps in mind that former US president Barack Obama invoked Ambedkar’s contribution to the Indian constitution and culture in an address before the Indian parliament in 2010.
Dr. Ambedkar, the resolution said, led among the biggest civil liberties movement in history, working to develop fundamental rights for thousands of numerous Dalits, as well as succeeded in penning Article 17 in the constitution of India which abolishes untouchability and its forms.
His influence as a financial expert is evidenced by his seminal texts on India’s financial systems, his establishment of the Finance Commission of India, and also his role in the creation of the Reserve Bank of India, the resolution says.
Dr. Ambedkar promoted labour reforms such as changing the daily work routine from 12 hours to 8 hrs and also introduced steps like employee insurance policy, clinical leave, ‘dearness pay’, equal pay for women, minimal wages, and also prompt revision of scale of pay.