• Telangana Chief Minister unveiled a 125-feet tall bronze statue of Dr B R Ambedkar at the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad on his 132nd birth anniversary.
  • It is claimed to be the tallest statue in the country ever built for Dr B R Ambedkar.
  • It has an overall height of 175 feet, including a 50 feet high circular base resembling the edifice of the Parliament of India.
  • 360 tonnes of stainless steel and 114 tonnes of bronze was used for building the statue.
  • It was designed by renowned sculptors Ram Vanji Sutar and his son Anil Ram Sutar of Ram Sutar Art Creations who also designed the world’s tallest statue — the Statue of Unity (597 feet) of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat.

About Dr B R Ambedkar-

  • Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is popularly known as Babasaheb, meaning “respected father” in Marathi and Hindi.
  • He was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer.
  • Ambedkar was born into a poor low Mahar (dalit) caste, who were treated as untouchables and subjected to socio-economic discrimination.
  • In 1930, Ambedkar launched the Kalaram Temple movement to enter Kalaram Temple.
  • Poona Pact was an agreement made in 1932 between Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi on the reservation of electoral seats for the depressed classes.
  • He was the architect of the Constitution of India by serving as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee.
  • He was independent India’s first law and justice minister.
  • In 1956, he converted to Buddhism initiating mass conversions of Dalits.
  • In 1990, the Bharat Ratna was posthumously conferred upon Ambedkar.
  • In honour of Ambedkar, Indian Constitution Day (National Law Day) is celebrated on 26 November.
  • Political parties/groups formed by him:
    • Depressed Classes Federation (DCF) in 1930
    • Independent Labour Party (ILP) in 1936
    • Scheduled Castes Federation (SCF) in 1942
  • Key Literary works:
    • Annihilation of Caste
    • Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah
    • Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development
    • The Buddha and His Dhamma
    • Waiting for a Visa
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