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The Ambedkar tourist circuit

  • Published
    24th Sep, 2022
Context

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.
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