In News: The Central government has announced a special tourist circuit encompassing five key sites associated with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
The Five Key Sites – The “Panchateerths”
- Mhow: His Birthplace
- Nagpur: Where he studied
- London: Where he resided and studied
- Delhi: Where he breathed his last
- Mumbai: Where he was cremated
Other sites of relevance
- Raigarh, Maharashtra: Where Dr. Ambedkar led the Mahad Satyagraha, one of the greatest incidents of expression of freedom for Dalits
- On March 20, 1927
- To allow untouchables to use water in a public tank in Mahad
- Pune, Maharashtra: Where he held the first negotiations with Mahatma Gandhi in Yerwada jail
- On a separate electorate for depressed classes in the legislature of British India in 1932.
- The result was the Poona Pact signed by Dr. Ambedkar on behalf of the depressed classes and by Madan Mohan Malviya on behalf of upper caste Hindus.
- Kolhapur, Maharashtra: In March 1920, another legendary social reformer, Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, declared Dr. Ambedkar as the true leader of the oppressed classes in India. March 2020 marked the centenary year of this event.
- Sri Lanka: Where he attended a Buddhist conclave that is said to have influenced him to convert to Buddhism.
Source: The Hindu