Noted economist and litterateur Dr Narendra Jadhav on Monday said that finding a great personality like Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, who had a broad vision for development, is next to impossible. "He was a great scholar who had mastery over various sectors such as economics, politics, law and social issues and he only laid the foundation of modern India," Jadhav said.
Dr Jadhav was delivering a lecture in a lecture series organised by the Yashvantrao Chavan Pratishthan on the occasion of the centenary year of former chief minister Yashvantrao Chavan, here at Sant Eknath Rangmandir today. It was the first day of the series and the topic for Dr Jadhav as a member of Central Planning Commission was 'Bol Mahamanvache'.
Dr Jadhav further said that Ambedkar delivered 537 speeches in his life. "Though the government published several volumes containing Ambedkar's speeches, the final effect did not look satisfactory. One felt as if different things have been stuffed in a gunny bag. Moreover, important speeches were not included. I collected all his speeches, segregated them in different categories as guidelines to different groups such as his followers, social activists and even economists and published in the form of different books," Jadhav said.
Dr Ambedkar delivered speeches in various languages like Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, and English. Their collection has been made available in Marathi and English.
He explained that it would be definitely wrong to say that Dr Ambedkar was a leader of any one community. "In fact, he worked for the entire humanity because building a new society was his obsession. To know his personality, one must thoroughly study his speeches. His writing and speeches appealed to masses. He had to face criticism for them and used to reply humorously and sometimes aggressively," the economist said. Jadhav explained the details of his seven volumes about Dr Ambedkar in 'Rapid Fire' format.