Recently, the Central government has announced a special tourist circuit encompassing five key sites associated with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
Dr. B. R Ambedkar
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956) was an Indian jurist, economist, social reformer and political leader.
He headed the drafting committee the Constitution of India from the Constituent Assembly.
He also served as Law and Justice Minister in the first cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru.
He inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement after renouncing Hinduism, fighting the caste system prevalent in India at that time.
Ambedkar graduated from Elphinstone College, University of Bombay, and studied economics at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, receiving doctorates in 1927 and 1923 respectively and was among a handful of Indian students to have done so at either institution in the 1920s.
He also trained in the law at Gray's Inn, London. In his early career, he was an economist, professor, and lawyer.
His later life was marked by his political activities; he became involved in campaigning and negotiations for India's independence, publishing journals, advocating political rights and social freedom for Dalits, and contributing significantly to the establishment of the state of India.
In 1956, he converted to Buddhism, initiating mass conversions of
Key highlights of the Tourist Circuit
The five cities in the tourist circuit as announced by the government are;
Mhow (his birthplace),
London (where he resided and studied),
Nagpur (also studied here),
Delhi (where he passed away) and
Finally Mumbai (where he was cremated)
These sites are already visited by Dalits as pilgrimage spots; the idea is to attract members of the public from outside the Dalit community.