Cherish Ideals Of Ambedkar

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AIRES RODRIGUES, RIBANDAR

WHILE we are in the midst of battling the coronavirus pandemic, let us not forget to pay homage to our very revered Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the Father of our Indian Constitution, on his 130th birth anniversary. We need to be reminded that Dr Ambedkar must never have visualised that thick-skinned persons without integrity but with never ending greed for power and wealth would ever be occupying very high constitutional posts. He had so aptly said: “However good a Constitution maybe, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad. However bad a Constitution maybe, if those implementing it are good, it will prove to be good.”  It is anguishing and so deeply distressing that our great nation has been for some years going through political turmoil on account of which so many precious lives have and are being lost. Dr Ambedkar and his team had burnt the midnight oil to draft our great Indian Constitution to keep our country secular and democratic for posterity. We can never forget Dr Ambedkar as well as the Great Mahatma and all that they strived to achieve. Politics today is no longer a dedicated voyage of selflessly serving the society. It has become a personal investment business venture, more self-serving than public servants. Today even at the grassroots level it has become a ruthless business paying very high monetary dividends, with morals and ethics twisted, thrown to the winds while arrogance and thuggery ruling the roost. We can only remind those in power of those words of Joel Osteen: “You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won’t receive the good things God has in store”. And when will our politicians be inspired by what the great American writer Alfred Armand Montapert had to say: “The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed”. The final thoughts on this anniversary of Dr Ambedkar are best remembered in his wise thought: ‘’If you ask me my ideal would be the society based on liberty, equality and fraternity.”