On October 14, a remarkable moment awaits everyone, contemporarily involving the international community and lovers of equality, as Maryland is set to unveil the tallest statue of BR Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, outside of India. Colloquially known as ‘Statue of Equality,’ this stunning 19-foot high monument is being built in the heart of the Ambedkar International Centre (AIC), spanning across a vast 13-acre area in Accokeek city, Maryland – merely 35 kilometers south of Washington.
The Significance BR Ambedkar’s ‘Statue of Equality’
“This is the largest statue of Babasaheb outside India and has been installed as a part of the Ambedkar memorial being constructed at this Centre,” said the AIC.
Celebrated as ‘Babasaheb’ by his followers, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s with an incomparable legacy which is as enduring as it is influential. Born on April 14, 1891, he was prominently known as the chairman of the constituent assembly’s critical drafting committee, an accomplishment that bestowed upon him the title of ‘architect of the Indian constitution’. After India’s independence, he served as the Minister of Law and Justice in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s first cabinet, actively advocating for the rights of Dalits and untouchables.
Interestingly, the date for the statue’s unveiling coincides with the significant day of Dhamma Chakra Parivartan Din, observed by Ambedkar’s followers. The date marks Ambedkar’s significant move to embrace Buddhism on October 14, 1956, just months before his passing on December 6, 1956.
Meet Ram Sutar, the creator of the Statue of Equality
The man behind this testament to equality is none other than internationally-acclaimed artist and sculptor, Ram Sutar. He’s no stranger to establishing imposing figures like the ‘Statue of Equality.’ Sutar also crafted the statue of Sardar Patel, labeled ‘Statue of Unity’, constructed downstream of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
The anticipation for October 14 is tangible, with numerous representatives of the Ambedkarite movement and his followers from different parts of the USA and the world eagerly awaiting the event. This memorial is poised not just as an architectural marvel but as a beacon spreading Babasaheb’s messages and teachings and showcasing a potent symbol and human rights.
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