Gadchiroli Dec. 6 (District Correspondent) ‘Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar immensely loved India. ‘Noone can stop me from loving my country’, he used to say. He straightway asked the Britishers to quit India despite many differences with the Indian leaders and facing crisis of social evils. It is therefore it is wrong to brand that he had influence of the foreign thoughts’, said Prof. Ranjeet Meshram, well known Ambedkarite thinker and senior journalist from Nagpur.
He was delivering a lecture at the Gondwana University here to mark the Mahaparinirvan Din of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar this afternoon.
Dr. Prashant Bokare, Vice Chancellor of the University presided over the programme while Dr. Shriram Kawle, Pro VC, Dr. Anil Hirekhan, Registrar, Dr. Dilip Barsagade, Head of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Chair were prominently present on the dais.
Though Dr. Ambedkar studied in the foreign universities, all his subjects of study and thesis were relating to India. The subjects of his graduation were also relating to India. He studied the situation of India very deeply and scientifically which no any other leader of that time did. He always thought about the welfare and progress of the country. How can one accuse him of a follower of the foreign thoughts, he asked.
Dr. Ambedkar had a long vision. At the time of handing over the constitution, he had warned that the day on which ideology of political parties will become stronger than the country, the very Independence of the country will be endangered and the country will be thrown into slavery once again. Only Independence is not everything. It is also necessary to think how the affairs of country will be run after attaining Independence, he would say, pointed out Prof. Meshram.
Dr. Ambedkar though about every section of the society and about the Dalits alone. That is why he incorporated special articles and schedules for the Scheduled Tribes and OBCs also in the constitution. Even after this, some people judge him with a particular view. This needs to be stopped and Dr. Ambedkar needs to be seen with an impartial and open mind to understand his personality, Prof. Meshram insisted.
While converting, Dr. Ambedkar opted for Buddhism despite various other offers and options because the Buddha was born on Indian soil, which shows his love to India, Prof. Meshram pointed out erasing the criticism that he had the influence of foreign culture.
In his presidential speech, Dr. Bokare said that the Gondwana University has decided to bring forward the thoughts of great men before the society. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Chair will carry on this process, added.
Dr. Dilip Barsagade made an introductory speech, Dr. nilkanth Narwade conducted the programme and Dr. Anil Hirekhan proposed the vote of thanks. Dr. Priti Kale and others took pains for the success of the programme that was attended by the students, teachers, eminent citizens and staff of the University.