- The California Congressman Recognizes Ambedkar’s historic labor reforms, codification of gender equality, and the successful inclusion of Article 17 in the Constitution of India, which abolished untouchability and its practice in any form.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) has introduced a resolution in the U.S. Congress for a second consecutive year, to honor Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, a celebrated civil rights leader and the architect of India’s constitution, on his 130th birth anniversary, April 14. “Ambedkar stood for an India and America where we respect the dignity of all,” Khanna tweeted on April 14. “Today, I’m reintroducing my resolution to honor BR Ambedkar, in the hopes that young leaders around the world will read his work and be inspired by his vision for equality.”
Khanna said his resolution “acknowledges the profound impact of America’s own discriminatory practices on Ambedkar, specifically pointing to the systematic discrimination of African Americans and women in the United States as influential in his pursuit to guarantee equal rights for every human being in the Indian constitution.” Additionally, it celebrates Ambedkar’s historic labor reforms, codification of gender equality, and the successful inclusion of Article 17 in the Constitution of India, which abolished untouchability and its practice in any form.
In a press release issued last year, when Khanna introduced a resolution to honor the 129th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, he wrote: “Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds imposed on him as a Dalit living under India’s rigid caste system, Ambedkar went on to succeed in his quest to champion the rights of the most marginalized people in Indian society.”
Calling Ambedkar a pioneer in “the movement to make India a free, fair, and just society for everyone in Khanna said he mobilized a generation to push back against discrimination and to instead celebrate equality, human rights, and universal tolerance.”