The tallest statue of the ‘Architect of the Indian Constitution,’ B.R. Ambedkar, known as the ‘Statue of Equality,’ is set to be unveiled in Maryland on October 14. This statue of Ambedkar is an integral component of the Ambedkar International Center (AIC), currently under construction on a 13-acre plot in Accokeek city, Maryland.
The Statue of Equality: A Monumental Tribute
Standing at a towering height of 19 feet, the ‘Statue of Equality’ is a testament to the enduring impact of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s work. This monumental sculpture is poised to become the largest statue of Babasaheb outside of India. It serves as a pivotal element of the Ambedkar International Centre (AIC) project, situated on a sprawling 13-acre expanse in Accokeek, Maryland, approximately 35 kilometers south of Washington.
The Architect of India’s Constitution
Born on April 14, 1891, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, affectionately known as Babasaheb, played a pivotal role in shaping the destiny of post-Independence India. His profound influence can be attributed to his role as the chairman of the Constituent Assembly’s Drafting Committee, which earned him the title “Architect of the Indian Constitution.” Additionally, he served as the Minister of Law and Justice in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s inaugural Cabinet.
Champion of Social Movements
Dr. Ambedkar’s legacy extends far beyond the drafting of the Indian Constitution. He was a tireless advocate for the rights of Dalits and untouchables, spearheading numerous social movements aimed at addressing the historical injustices faced by these marginalized communities. His unwavering commitment to social justice has left an indelible mark on India’s history and continues to inspire generations.
A Momentous Date: October 14
The unveiling of the ‘Statue of Equality’ in Maryland on October 14 holds special significance. On this very day in 1956, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism, a momentous event that signified his unwavering commitment to the cause of equality and justice. Ambedkarites around the world celebrate October 14 as Dhamma Chakra Parivartan Din, making this date an ideal choice for the statue’s inauguration.
Masterpiece by Renowned Sculptor
The ‘Statue of Equality’ is the creation of the distinguished artist and sculptor Ram Sutar. Mr. Sutar is renowned for his exceptional craftsmanship and previously sculpted the iconic ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This towering monument stands on an island in the Narmada River, downstream from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
A Symbol of Equality and Human Rights
According to the Ambedkar International Centre (AIC), the memorial in Maryland aims to serve as a beacon, spreading Babasaheb’s messages and teachings. It symbolizes the enduring ideals of equality and human rights, reflecting the core principles that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar stood for throughout his life.
A Global Gathering of Followers
The unveiling of the ‘Statue of Equality’ is expected to draw a substantial number of representatives from the Ambedkarite movement and Dr. Ambedkar’s global followers. The event will witness the presence of admirers from across the United States and various parts of the world, coming together to pay homage to the legacy of Babasaheb.