K.S. Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), said on Saturday that the ideals of B.R. Ambedkar were relevant even today.
He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on Dr. Ambedkar's views on economic, social and political thinking at the Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa (FMKMC) College auditorium in Madikeri.
The workshop was organised by Dr. Ambedkar Studies and Research Centre of the KSOU and the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Karnataka Chapter, FMKMC College.
Dr. Ambedkar's thinking on equality to all sections of society and efforts to incorporate it in the Constitution had created a revolution in the country, Prof. Rangappa said.
His farsightedness on guaranteeing the wellbeing of the downtrodden and ensuring country's development was exemplary. Dr. Ambedkar had always argued that freedom would be worthless without equality. Dr. Ambedkar had envisioned that any government should act as a “big brother” to ensure the wellbeing of all sections of society, Prof. Rangappa said.
T.C. Shivashankaramurthy, Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, who presided over the function, said Dr. Ambedkar fought against all odds to acquire knowledge and propagate his views on equality, social and political freedom to all. The leader had said that only education could usher in development.
Dr. Ambedkar laid emphasis on the need to empower women through education, he said. He gave an account of Dr. Ambedkar's views on the concept of swaraj.