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A Commemorative Stamp on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has been released jointly by the Ministery of Social Justice & Empowerment and Union Ministery for Communication and Information Technology as part of his 125th Birth Anniversary celebrations.The coin is slated to be released in honour of the legendary social reformer and approval from the Finance Ministry has already been received.
125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambekdar :-
- The objective of year long celebrations is to make the world aware about the life and the work of Dr. Babasaheb Ambekdar as a champion of the underprivileged.
- The Prime Minister chaired the first meeting of the National Committee on Nationwide Celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on the 23rd July 2015.
- Government has taken up a number of programmes and is organizing various activities on the 125th Birth Anniversary celebrations
- The village Ambadve in Ratnagiri District (Maharashtra), to which the parents of Dr. Ambedkar belonged will be developed as a Model Village under PMAGY Scheme (Adarsh Gram)
Facts to know about Dr. B.R. Ambedkar:-
- Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly known as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was Independent India's first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India
- Babasaheb belonged to the Hindu Mahar caste, who were treated as untouchables and subjected to intense socio-economic discrimination.
- His native village name was "Ambavade" in Ratnagiri District so he changed his name from "Sakpal" to "Ambedkar".
- In 1907, Babasaheb passed his matriculation examination and entered the University of Bombay, becoming one of the first persons of untouchable origin to enter a college in India.
- Ambedkar was a prolific student, earning a law degree and various doctorates from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.
- Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer. In his early career he was an economist, professor, and lawyer.
- In 1936, Ambedkar founded the Independent Labour Party, which contested the 1937 Bombay election to the Central Legislative Assembly.
- In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, was posthumously conferred upon Ambedkar
Religious Views of Babasaheb :- Babasaheb inspired the Modern Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits). In 1956 he converted to Buddhism, initiating mass conversions of Dalits.