Statue of Equality: Largest Tribute to B.R. Ambedkar Unveiling in Maryland on October 14

Statue of Equality: Largest Tribute to B.R. Ambedkar Unveiling in Maryland on October 14
Statue of Equality: Largest Tribute to B.R. Ambedkar Unveiling in Maryland on October 14

The grand unveiling of the ‘Statue of Equality,’ a colossal 19-foot tribute to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, is scheduled to take place in Maryland on October 14. This monumental statue, a testament to the enduring legacy of the ‘Architect of the Indian Constitution,’ is set to become the largest of its kind honoring Babasaheb outside of India. It stands as a pivotal element within the expansive Ambedkar International Center (AIC) project, situated on a vast 13-acre site in Accokeek, Maryland, approximately 35 kilometers south of Washington.

Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, affectionately known as Babasaheb, was born on April 14, 1891, and played a pivotal role in shaping post-Independence India. His historic significance is deeply rooted in his role as the chairman of the Constituent Assembly’s Drafting Committee, earning him the esteemed title of the “Architect of the Indian Constitution.” Additionally, he served as the Minister of Law and Justice in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s inaugural Cabinet.

Yet, Dr. Ambedkar’s profound influence extends far beyond his role in drafting the Indian Constitution. He was a tireless advocate for the rights of Dalits and untouchables, leading numerous social movements aimed at addressing historical injustices faced by marginalized communities. His unwavering commitment to social justice has left an indelible mark on India’s history and continues to inspire generations.

The choice of October 14 for the unveiling of the ‘Statue of Equality’ holds special significance. On this very day in 1956, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism, marking a momentous event symbolizing his unwavering dedication to the principles of equality and justice. Ambedkarites around the world commemorate October 14 as Dhamma Chakra Parivartan Din, making it an ideal date for the statue’s inauguration.

The ‘Statue of Equality’ is the creation of the distinguished artist and sculptor Ram Sutar, renowned for his exceptional craftsmanship. Sutar previously sculpted the iconic ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a towering monument situated on an island in the Narmada River downstream from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.

According to the Ambedkar International Centre (AIC), the memorial in Maryland is envisioned 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 championed throughout his life.

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 indomitable legacy of Babasaheb.