Today India celebrates 132nd birth anniversary of Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar and the festival of Baisakhi.
Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, born on 14 April 1891, was an Indian jurist, economist and Dalit leader who headed the committee drafting the Constitution of India from the Constituent Assembly debates, served as Law and Justice minister in the first cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Under chairmanship of Dr B R Ambedkar, A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Constituent Assembly on 4 November 1947. The Assembly met, in sessions open to public, for 166 days, spread over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 18 days before finally adopting the Constitution of India.
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.
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Vaisakhi or Baisakhi, marks
the first day of the month of Vaisakh and is traditionally celebrated annually on 13th April but in 2023 the first day of Vaisakh falls on April 14. It celebrates the spring harvest primarily in Northern India.
Vaisakhi as a major Sikh festival also marks the birth of the Khalsa order by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhism, on April 13th 1699.
Vaisakhi was also the day when Bengal Army officer Reginald Dyer orders his troops to shoot into a protesting crowd, an event which would come to be known the Jallianwala Bagh massacre; the massacre proved influential to the history of the Indian independence movement.
With Best Regards,
Dr. T. P. Singh
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