You will be surprised to know that the father of Indian constitution Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar has got a new name. In a unique move, Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to change the name of the Bhim Rao Ambedkar. It is in all authorized correspondence. As per the reports, the new name of Bhim Rao Ambedkar will be Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar.
This is done after getting the recommendation of Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik. So the government has decided to integrate ‘Ramji’ as the middle name of in Bhimrao Ambedkar. From now, all official communication of the Uttar Pradesh government will mention Ambedkar with the new name.
U.P Chief is politicizing the Dalit icon
With the purpose of targeting U.P Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue, the Samajwadi Party blamed the state government of politicizing the icon of Dalits.
SP leader Deepak Mishra also said that the BJP government move has the objective of changing the insight of the party. But in actuality they are anti-Ambedkar.
According to him, the BJP neither respect Ambedkar nor his ideology. In fact, he was involving him in such acts to target particular vote bank.
However, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) totally criticized the allegations. In this matter, Rakesh Sinha also said that there must be some kind of politics involved. As per him, the UP government has intentionally decided to use the real name of Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Also, there must be some politics behind it.
In the meantime, the UP government had circulated an order to all departments in this respect. The government had also asked the Allahabad High Court and its Lucknow bench to make the required modification in all records and documents.
This report was started by Governor Ram Naik in December 2017. He had written to CM Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this matter.
Dalits don’t like the decision of name change
It seems that not just BJP is criticizing it but also Dalits does not the name to get changed. In this matter, one of the BJP MPs and Dalit thinkers Udit Raj strictly show his dislike.
He regards it as a move that can unnecessarily create controversy. Furthermore, he also conveyed that the community of Dalit is totally upset with the decision of name change.
He said by expressing Dalits society displeasure –
“I don’t find any reason to change his name, it’s an individual’s freedom to decide how he wants to be known, Why create a controversy unnecessarily?
As per the Dr. Lalji Prasad Nirmal, director of Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Mahasabha, making use of fathers name as a middle name of the son is one of the most common practice followed in Maharashtra.
As “Ramji was his father’s name. Therefore in order to follow this practice Bhim Rao Ambedkar named is changed to Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar.This order was passed on 28 February.