Hundreds pay tribute to Dalit hero

Last Updated 14 April 2014, 17:49 IST

Amid electioneering, politicians pay tributes to the leader

Amidst busy election campaigning activities, various organisations in the city celebrated Dr B R Ambedkar’s 123rd birth anniversary fervently.

In a programme organised by the district administration at Town Hall, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, Regional Commissioner M V Jayanti, City Police Commissioner M A Saleem garlanded the statue of Ambedkar. Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha Congress candidate A H Vishwanath, MLA M K Somashekar and others also paid tribute to the visionary.

Hundreds of people thronged Sarada Vilas Educational Institution (SVEI) to get a glimpse of the original copy of the Indian Constitution, which was on public display for the first time. At a function organised at the premises, former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, P Venkataramaiah said that the life and sayings of Ambedkar must be adopted. “Ambedkar was never the leader of any particular community. He was a national leader,” he added. 

The celebrations became more vibrant when Ashoka Youth, an organisation founded by a group of like-minded youths in Ashokapuram, the popular Dalit colony in the city, took out a procession of cultural troupes up to Town Hall premises. A tableau carrying a life-size portrait of Ambedkar was the spotlight.

The procession that began from Ashokapuram, culminated at Town Hall, where the participants offered floral tributes to the statue of Ambedkar.

Artistes wearing masks of animals, and others performing different art forms like that of ‘kamsale’, ‘pooja kunita’, and ‘dollu kunita’, added a colourful touch to the procession.Ashoka Youth celebrates Ambedkar Jayanti for an entire week, every year. Various programmes, sports activities and other cultural events mark the Jayanti.

(Published 14 April 2014, 17:48 IST)

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