April 2021

Dear Friends,


Babasaheb Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), was a jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables. He was British India's Minister of Labour, Chairman of the Constituent Drafting committee, independent India's first Minister of Law and Justice, and considered the chief architect of the Constitution of India.

Ambedkar was a prolific student, earning doctorates in economics from both Columbia University and the London School of Economics, gaining reputation as a scholar for his research in law, economics and political science. In his early career, he was an economist, professor, and lawyer. His later life was marked by his political activities; he involved in campaigning and negotiations for India's independence, publishing journals, advocating political rights and social freedom for Dalits, and contributing significantly to the establishment of the state of India. In 1956, he converted to Buddhism, initiating mass conversions of Dalits.

In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, was posthumously conferred upon Ambedkar. Ambedkar's legacy includes numerous memorials and depictions in popular culture. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page covers the story of a Saudi Arabia’s first woman yoga master who received Padmashri in the year 2018.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) Training programme on NPK rich Bio-manure (ii) Repairing of Biogas plants and (iii) Training programme on Sustainable technologies for village volunteers.

In the wisdom section, Deepak Chopra in his usual style tells us that our living body is the best pharmacy and thus if we maintain it properly, there will not be any need for the other medicines, Johann Goethe, the famous German philosopher and poet beautifully explains the metamorphosis of the plants and finally Acharya Rajanish exhort us to stop running for searching one’s soul.

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