Ambedkar in Bhutan
The Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre organized a series of lecture as activities planned as part of celebrations of 125th anniversary celebrations of Dr. B.R Ambedkar at the Royal Thimphu College last Wednesday.
The event was attended Minister for Foreign Affairs Lyonpo Damcho Dorji ,Minister for Information and Communications D.N Dhungyel , Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Jaideep Sarkar and senior government officials and representatives of international organizations .
One of the resource person on talk Dasho Kunzang Wanngdi , the former Chief Election Commission of Bhutan in his two hours address said that Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar was born in 14th April, 1891 and died in December 6, 1956 was popularly known as “Architect of constitution of India” whatever constitution they have now is all because of his hard work, patience, intelligence and courage which he have implemented in India and followed by rest of the country.
Dr. Ambedkar said “I like the religion which teaches liberty, equality and fraternity” which means everybody can practice any religion without gender inequality and which gives the satisfaction in do that thing. He was born in Hindu Religion but he follows the path of Buddha where he spent his whole life in spreading Buddhism for the benefit of all India. He is given important in Bhutan as our constitution followed the route of constitution of India where six vital points of constitution of India was fixed in our constitution. Dr. Ambedkar has written a book titled “The Buddha and his dharma” which mainly states that “Life should be great rather than long”. If one follows the path of Buddha’s dharma than a country, society and family will be able to coexist which will eradicate gender discrimination, battles amongst nations and deadly diseases. According to Dasho Kunzang Wangdi he said that as B. R Ambedkar is known as Architect of constitution in India likewise we have Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay (former Chief Justice of Bhutan) as a Bhutan’s constitution Ambedkar.
Dr. Ambedkar has established twenty two vows which mainly focus on ‘I shall believe in the equality of man’ and ‘I shall endeavor to establish equality’. He is not only the father of constitution in India but he also teaches people how to live a happy life with his twenty two vows. Dasho Kunzang also expressed that it will make India- Bhutan relationship stronger as we learn from their mistakes and copies their good points which will benefit our country in one or the other way.
During our first election our government had brought 4138 electronic voting machine ( EVM) from Hyderabad where the machine is produced. He also shared the problems which were faced during first and second election in Bhutan where our people were not aware of the EVM machine and the system they had to follow while casting their vote.
At the end of session few questions were asked and expressed his idea that if political participants could work faster the chief election commission of Bhutan wants to make a system where every Bhutanese can vote from their bedroom rather than spending lots of money for just to cast a vote.