Though women have covered a lot of ground by way of attaining equality and outgrowing their counterparts in many walks of life, yet much is left to be done with respect to women empowerment as envisioned by Bharat Ratna Babasaheb B R Ambedkar.
This was the consensus that emerged during the first of the series of six seminars planned by the Punjab government to commemorate the life, vision and ideology of the great visionary leader to mark his 125th birth anniversary. The seminar, “Ambedkar as a Crusader of Women Empowerment” was hosted by Punjabi University at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hall here on Friday.
The chief guest on the occasion, Governor of Jharkhand Droupadi Murmu, said that though she was not aware of the women’s condition in Punjab, they were still being treated as a commodity in her state. The crises of girl child trafficking, girl abuse, illiteracy, early marriage and domestic violence were still quite prevalent in addition to other malpractices against women.
Chancellor of M S University, Vadodara, Rajmata Shubhangini Raje Gaekward exhorted women to know how to rule themselves instead of being ruled by men.
In his welcome address, Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh said that Ambedkar was hugely impressed by the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh. He also honoured the dignitaries by presenting them a phulkari, a set of university publications and a painting.
Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal provided an exhaustive account of Dr Ambedkar’s contribution in the developmental history of India.
On the other hand Punjab Cabinet Minister, Sohan Singh Thandal said that the Chief Minister, Parkash
Singh Badal has agreed to call a special session of Punjab Assembly to discuss life and achievements of Dr Ambedkar and install his statue at its entrance. Cabinet Minister,Surjit
Singh Rakhra, Bibi Jagir Kaur, MLA, also spoke on the occasion and highlighted Dr Ambedkar’s role in uplifting the standard of women in the country.
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