The Consulate General of India, Birmingham in association with the Indian Community celebrated the 127th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar at the iconic West Bromwich Town Hall in West Midlands on 22nd April, 2018. The two hour long event included speeches, poems recitation & Sanskrit hymn presentation.
The event began with lighting of the lamp by Consul General, Dr. Aman Puri & distinguished members of Indian Community in front of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s potrait. This was followed by impressive speeches delivered by eminent personalities such as Cllr Ahmadul Haque, Mayor of Sandwell , Cllr Rajash Mehta, Deputy Mayor of Telford & Wrekin, Mr. Resham Singh Sandhu, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Leicestershire, Mr. H.S. Bhatia, Upashak Ji, Head Nirankari Mission U.K. & Chairman, Sandwell Confederation of Indians, Gurpreet Bhatia, Deputy Lieutenant & some other prominent members of Indian Community. They all spoke about the contributions of the Architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and about the relevance of his teachings in today’s life.
Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India, Birmingham thanked the dignitaries & distinguished guests. In his address, he mentioned about the various initiatives undertaken by Government of India to promote the teachings of Dr. Ambedkar & the about the impact of rationalistic & realistic views of Dr. Ambedkar on masses. He also spoke about the recent successful visit of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to United Kingdom. He mentioned how the bilateral visit and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting strengthened and enhanced India-UK partnership. Dr. Puri also focused that the Living Bridge between the people of the two countries gives the greatest optimism that the next generation of India and UK will have an even more robust and stronger engagement and exchange.
The Sanskrit hymn & poem recitations by the members of the Gitanjali Multilingual Trust was well lauded by the audience. The event was attended by more than 250 guests. Prominent members of the Indian community, Councillors, Mayors, representative of religious organisations from Midlands & North England and from a wide array of sectors attended the event.