New York City road co-named Dr BR Ambedkar Way


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The intersection of 61st Street and Broadway in New York has been co-named as ‘Dr BR Ambedkar Way’ in honor of the legendary Indian social activist and the architect of Indian Constitution.

The co-naming ceremony of the intersection was hosted by Councilwoman Julie Won, and the Shri Guru Ravidas Temple of New York, which is located at the intersection of 61st Street and Broadway. Congresswoman Grace Meng, state Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Steven Raga were also present at the naming ceremony.

During the event, Won said Ambedkar was an international symbol against caste discrimination. “As the district that’s home to Shri Guru Ravidass Temple of New York and thousands of Dalit community members, I’m honored that we as a community commemorated the life and contributions of Dr Ambedkar with this street co-naming,” Won said during the event.

Dr BR Ambedkar fondly known as Babasaheb was an economist, law expert and social reformer whose life work was dedicated to social equality and eradicating the caste system in India. He was appointed as the chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee and he also led the Dalit and minority rights movement in India after Independence.

Born in Madhya Pradesh, Ambedkar had also lived in the United States to study at Columbia University in New York City where he earned a PhD in economics. Ambedkar’s life journey reflects his quest for the upliftment of the Dalit community. He published the book ‘Annihilation of Caste’ in 1936 to raise his voice against the caste system and discrimination.

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