Wednesday, April 16, 2008

State observes 117th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar

GANGTOK, April 15: The 117th birth anniversary of Baba Sahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar was observed yesterday here at the vicinity of Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
Organized by the Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare, the birth anniversary of the father of the Indian Constitution was graced by Governor Sudarshan Agarwal as the chief guest.
The function started with a Baba bhajan followed by an offering of garlands to the bust of Dr. Ambedkar.
While placing his brief remark, the Governor said, “Baba Ambedkar is always remembered as the visionary figure of India who not only drafted the Constitution of India but also empowered the weaker section of the society making them use of their social and political rights.”
He also said that Dr Ambedkar emphasised on national integration in promoting harmony and brotherhood among all the communities of India. “Swarajya was what BR Ambekdar wanted long time back in India,” the Governor added.
The Governor also released the annual magazine of All Sikkim Welfare Association titled ‘Bhim Chetna’ on the occasion.
In his address, the Minister for the State Family and Health Welfare Department Hissey Lachungpa said that the day reminds India about the contribution of Baba Ambedkar.
Talking about the recent reportage on Sikkim by a national television channel, he said that the media had a great responsilibty in guiding the nation and that it should be the voice for positive development and progress.
Earlier, the president of ASWA BB Lohar addressed the gathering.