New York— This year’s 131st Dr. Ambedkar Birth Anniversary was a very special event for Ambedkar International Mission (AIM), USA. After a prolonged gap of two years due to the COVID19 pandemic, Ambedkarites in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania enthusiastically celebrated this special day at the distinguished City Hall of Jersey City. Amid the festivities and celebrations were illuminating speeches from distinguished luminaries in academia.
This year’s event was made even more special as the City Council of Jersey City partnered with AIM and made the historic declaration of recognizing 14th April as “Equality Day,” a fitting tribute to the champion of equality, whose lifetime mission was establishing equality through the constitution in a society where it was most needed! Jersey City is renowned to be immigration friendly and a champion in upholding human rights values. This is yet another feather in their cap. AIM takes this opportunity to express our profound gratitude towards the City Council of Jersey City and hopes that this pioneering step towards upholding humanist values will inspire more civic, public and private organizations across the USA to take up similar initiatives.
Since there is growing curiosity and interest in Dr. Ambedkar’s work in academia and civil society across the globe, AIM designed this event to rekindle and strengthen its platform for engaging with varied thinkers and expand the reach of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s monumental work.
The erudite and enlightening speeches by dignitaries like Professor Timothy Loftus, Professor Jenik R. Radon, Professor Jayashree Kamble, Professor Biju Mathew, Dr. Bishnu Maya Periyar and Ms. Yashica Dutt were followed by cultural performances by AIM artists, adding a joyous note to the occasion.
Continuing the tradition started by AIM’s founder-president, the beloved late Mr. Raju Kamble, AIM also set up a booth for free distribution of Dr. Ambedkar’s writing and speeches.
AIM would also like to thank Jersey City’s Immigrant’s Affairs Commission(IAC) team for initiating this proclamation and also the Mayor of Jersey City, Honorable Steven M. Fulop for signing it, which is now available under public record.
“Thanks to the representatives from the Consulate General of India, New York, for gracing the occasion,” Thanks by AIM.
The event began at 11:00 AM and concluded at 4:00 PM EST on the 16th of April and was attended by almost 200 guests.