Caste system and social rights campaigner to be honoured by Mission Society

Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.
Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.

The 123rd birthday of a campaigner who was ‘bigger than Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela’ is being honoured in Bedford.

Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, a social rights campaigner who helped remove some of the stigma of the caste system in India, is being acclaimed by The Ambedkar Mission Society on Sunday, May 11, at Bedford Corn Exchange.

Arun Kumar, general secretary of the mission, said: “300 million people in India revere him as an icon. I feel proud of him because he was bitterly opposed to the caste system. He was also a great campaigner for equality in general, women’s rights issues, gender issues and many other things.

“I would rate his contribution in social rights terms as bigger than Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela’s. He is a true icon.”

Dr Ambedkar, who was born into a lower caste in India, died in 1956.

Mayor Dave Hodgson amd MP Richard Fuller will attend the free event which runs from 10am to 5.30pm.