Master stroke played by CM Yogi Adityanath. It is a message spread for Dalits that they are finally Hindu and should not fall prey of cheap politics of Congress and Samajwadi parties. Hindu is a Hindu-no upper no lower cast.
In an unprecedented move, Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to change the name of the father of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, in all official correspondence. According to reports, Ambedkar will now be referred to as Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar.
Acting on the recommendations of Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, the government has decided to introduce ‘Ramji’ as the middle name of Ambedkar. Henceforth, all official correspondence of the Uttar Pradesh government will refer to Ambedkar with the new name.
B.R. Ambedkar stands for Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. So what’s issue? If Ramji will officially become middle name of Dr BR Ambedkar in UP. Even, Baba Saheb had himself signed as ‘Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’ on the pages of the Indian Constitution. Is it necessary to do hue on everything?
B.R. Ambedkar stands for Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. So What's issue? If Ramji will officially become middle name of Dr BR Ambedkar in UP. Even, Baba Saheb had himself signed as 'Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar' on the pages of the Indian Constitution. Is it necessary to do hue on everything?
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) March 29, 2018
Targeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue, the Samajwadi Party accused the state government of politicizing the Dalit icon. SP leader Deepak Mishra said that the move by the BJP government is aimed at changing the perception of the party being anti-Ambedkar.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), however, rubbished the allegations. RSS thinker Rakesh Sinha claimed that the UP government has merely decided to use the real name of the father of the Indian Constitution, saying there was no politics involved in the move.
Meanwhile, reports said that the UP government had passed an order to all departments in this regard and had even asked the Allahabad High Court and its Lucknow bench to make the change in all documents and records.
The move was reportedly started by Governor Ram Naik in December 2017. He had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath in this regard. Ramji was the name of Dr Ambedkar’s father.
Why so much of noise? When our father of nation is known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, why so much of issue for Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar? Gandhiji is the father of our nation and Ambedkar is father of our Indian constitution.
But some handful of journalists want to create controversies over it. So that their channel’s TRP doubles with its advertisement. Now politicians will plan and add thier politics into this issue. Justifying its decision, the government cited the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution where Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar’s name is written as “Dr Bhimrao Ramji Aambedkar”- in Hindi.
The demand for making those changes was earlier raised by UP Governor Ram Naik, who had met President Ramnath Kovind in December last year, saying the complete name of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s previous ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address had focused on farmers and BR Ambedkar. PM Modi in his address had said that on the occasion of Bhimrao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, ‘Gram-Swaraj Abhiyan’ is being organised from April 14 to May 5. He also said that Ambedkar showed us that to succeed it is not necessary to be born in an illustrious or rich family.