Bhimrao ‘Ramji’ Aambedkar: Yogi orders change of Dalit leader’s name in official records

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The Uttar Pradesh Government on Thursday passed an order to officially introduce ‘Ramji’ as the middle name of Dr BR Ambedkar in all documents and records in the state.

The order was passed on the recommendation of Governor Ram Naik.

India’s Dalit social reformer, whose full name is Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, is named as only BR Ambedkar in all official records.

Principal secretary, general administration department, Jitendra Kumar issued a circular in this regard to all the departments as well as the registrar of Allahabad and Lucknow benches of the High Court. The circular has directed to make changes accordingly in all the records of the departments concerned.

Justifying its decision, the government cited the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution where Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar’s name is written as “Dr Bhimrao Ramji Aambedkar”— in Hindi.

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