For the first time, event held at UN headquarters to mark Ambedkar’s birth anniversary

Photo Credits : Syed Akbaruddin (Twitter)
Photo Credits : Syed Akbaruddin (Twitter)

CHENNAI: Diplomats, senior officials from the United Nations, government officials from India and students gathered at a special event to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.

This is the first such commemoration at the UN headquarters, a press release from the Permanent Mission of India to UN New York said.

“Dr Ambedkar understood that inequalities pose fundamental challenges to well-being,” said administrator of UN Development Program Helen Clark.

Some of the panellists at the event included Prof Stan Kachnowsky from Colombia University, Anupama Rao, an associate professor at Colombia University, and Christopher Queen, a lecturer Harvard University.

Prof Kanchowsky spoke on the influence of Dr Ambedkar’s vision on healthcare equity and the resulting rise of mobile health in India while Christopher drew parallels between the lives of Ambedkar and Martin L King Jr in their attempt to create societies based on equality, freedom and brotherhood and to overcome barriers of class, caste, race, and religion to forge alliances for peace and justice.
Rao spoke about the impediments of inequalities, including caste, and the need for social justice to achieve sustainable development through the implementation of 2030 agenda.
She also highlighted Dr Ambedkar as an important thinker relevant to both 20th and 21st century.
Source – Times of India

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