The Ambedkar International Centre (AIC) has made an exciting announcement regarding the unveiling of a monumental statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the revered architect of India’s Constitution, set to take place in Maryland on October 14.
Dubbed the ‘Statue of Equality,’ this remarkable sculpture soars to an impressive height of 19 feet and holds a place of prominence within the expansive 13-acre premises of the AIC, nestled in Accokeek, Maryland, approximately 35 kilometers south of Washington, D.C. The esteemed artist and sculptor behind this masterpiece is none other than Ram Sutar, a recipient of India’s prestigious Padma Shree award, celebrated for his renowned works, including the construction of the colossal Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat. Sutar’s illustrious career spans over six decades, encompassing more than ninety monumental sculptures worldwide, with his artistry leaving a lasting mark in countries like India, the USA, France, Argentina, Italy, Russia, and Malaysia. Notably, this statue is a faithful replica of the world’s largest Dr. B.R. Ambedkar statue, towering at an astonishing 125 feet, which was recently unveiled in Hyderabad.
Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, affectionately known as Babasaheb among his followers, holds a prominent place in India’s history as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly, earning him the well-deserved title of the Architect of the Indian Constitution. Following India’s attainment of independence, he also served as the Minister of Law and Justice in the inaugural cabinet led by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Dr. Ambedkar’s enduring legacy extends beyond his constitutional contributions, as he was a tireless advocate for the rights of Dalits and untouchables, playing a pivotal role in various social movements.