125th Birth Anniversary of Ambedkar celebrated in Khartoum


The Embassy of India organized an event to commemorate 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar at Hotel Grand Holiday Villa on 14th April. The Ambassador of India H.E. Amrit Lugun paid tribute to Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, who was an Indian Jurist, economist, politician and social reformer. Babasaheb inspired the downtrodden and campaigned against the rights of women and labour. Dr. Ambedkar was the first Law Minister and the architect of the Indian Constitution. The Ambassador added that Ambedkar was a prolific student, earning a law degree and various PhD from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna was bestowed upon him posthumously in 1990. Ambassador Lugun praised the foresightedness of Babasaheb who had wanted separation of two states Madhya Pradesh and Bihar during the 50s, which turned out to be a reality decades later.
The Chief Guest at the function H.E. Maulana Ibrahim Harun, Chairman of the Civil Sector in the Ministry of Justice also spoke and extended best compliments and heartfelt wishes on the birthday of the ‘God Father’ of the Indian Constitution Dr.Ambedkar. He spoke of the strong historical ties between India and Sudan. He mentioned that India participated in the monitoring of the legislative elections in Sudan during 1953 by sending Mr. Sukumar Sen. He said India started diplomatic relations since 1955 which clearly reflects the depth of brotherly relations between the people of the two countries with similarities in culture and social traditions. He is happy that there has been a thrust in economic and political cooperation between the two countries in the last two decades. There has been official exchange of visits of State Heads. H.E. Maulana Ibrahim Harun on a personal note remembered a few Indian professors who taught him as a law student at the University of Khartoum.
Ambassador H.E. Abdulrahman Diraar, General Director of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid floral tribute to Dr.Ambedkar.
Mr.Rana Basu, Country Head of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, who have recently completed the thermal power plant in Kosti, touched upon Dr.Ambedkar’s contribution in non-conventional sectors. In his presentation he shared that Babasaheb had conceptualised the Reserve Bank of India, Finance Commission of India and established systems and various projects. Mr. Basu highlighted the fact that Dr. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics has saluted Dr.Ambedkar as his father of Economics.
Mr. Balkrishna Hegde, Chief of Tiga Plastics, also paid his tributes to Babasaheb Ambedkar as an ardent follower of his principles and philosophy. The function was concluded by screening of Jabbar Patel’s film ‘Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’. There was a large audience comprising representatives from the Ministry of Defence, members of the Foreign Diplomatic Missions and Academia and the Indian community.

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