Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti, the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, will be celebrated across the country on April 14. Several parliamentarians - Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Thaawar Chand Gehlot, along with top political leaders including Congress' Sonia Gandhi paid respect to B R Ambedkar today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several initiatives today including a BHIM Aadhaar platform for merchants and cashback and bonus schemes for BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money). Prime Minister Narendra Modi later tweeted:
B R Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Constitution of India, was born to a Mahar (dalit) caste family on 14 April 1891 in Mhow (now known as Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Madhya Pradesh). His father worked in the army of British East India Company. As a child, Mr Ambedkar was not allowed to sit inside class because of his caste.
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar completed his school from Elphinstone High School and later pursued a degree in economics and political science from Elphinstone College, University of Mumbai. With the help of a scholarship, he completed his Masters in Economics (Major) at Columbia University and Doctor of Science in Economics from London School of Economics.