Ambed­kar in Bhutan

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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.

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