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?Ambedkar?s contribution to nation immense?

A TWO-DAY seminar on ?Contribution of Dr Ambedkar to Indian nation, Hindi language & literature with reference to Dr Kaushalyayan? concluded today at the Baudh Vihar of Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of National Sciences (BANISS).

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 20:58 IST

A TWO-DAY seminar on ‘Contribution of Dr Ambedkar to Indian nation, Hindi language & literature with reference to Dr Kaushalyayan’ concluded today at the Baudh Vihar of Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of National Sciences (BANISS).

Former president of Kasturbagram (Indore) Padmashri T G K Menon was chief guest of the concluding ceremony, while Institute director S K Das presided. Prof R G Gadkar, Prof D K Verma, Advocate Madan, B D Gore and others welcomed the guests.

Seminar convener Prof C D Naik delivered the inaugural address and asked the chief guest to release the book written by him on Buddhism and the first Hindi journal of the institute. PhD scholar Ratnesh Kumar and Dr Shobha Shukla read their papers relevant to the subject.

Speaking on the occasion, Menon said that Dr Ambedkar’s entire life was dedicated to uplift of the deprived sections and Dalits. He said what Mahatma Jyotiba Phule was for the nineteenth century; Dr Ambedkar was for twentieth century. Ambedkar was not against Hinduism, he was only against some of its traditions.

The seminar was inaugurated on Thursday afternoon. Chief guest of the inaugural function was former Advocate General of the State Anand Mohan Mathur, who also inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp and garlanding the statue of Dr Ambedkar. In his address, Mathur said that the biggest challenge before our leaders after the independence was to maintain the sovereignty of the nation.

Dr Ambedkar was the biggest law expert of the nation at that time and the Constitution was his biggest contribution to the nation. Also he worked to provide Hindi the status of national language to unify the nation. He said that the reason for the disparity in India was the unequal level of education, as the result of which a child studying in an English school becomes an officer and the one studying in Hindi school becomes an ordinary employee. Ambedkar advocated uniform law for all.

Japanese Buddhist scholar and president of Indo-Japan association Bhadant Sanghratna Manke said that it was Ambedkar who revived Buddhism in India and role of spreading it was of Dr Anand Kaushalyayan. Historian Bhagwan Singh, S K Das, Prof C D Naik also addressed the inaugural session.

The guests also released a book named ‘Had there been no Ambedkar’ on the occasion. This book is the English translation of ‘Agar Ambedkar na hote’ written by Dr Kaushalyayan and Prof C D Naik did the translation.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 20:58 IST