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"Life should be great rather than long."
Sapphire International School conducted a special Assembly on the 11th of April, to observe the birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ramaji Ambedkar, an Indian jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian and economist, who was the principal architect of the Constitution of India.
Dr Ambedkar was born on April 14th 1891. Born into poverty, Ambedkar campaigned against the Indian caste system. He became a convert to Buddhism and is seen as a driving force in the surge of converts that saw many thousands of lower caste members become Buddhists.
Ambedkar was the first untouchable of India to pursue a college degree. He earned a law degree and doctorates for his studies in law, economics and political science, gaining a reputation as a scholar and campaigning for political rights and social freedom for the lowest in the caste system, the untouchables.
The programme commenced with a blissful prayer led by the students of Grade 8.
Thought for the day was said by Akshat Mishra of Grade 10A.
Varun and Emon of Grade 10A threw light on the iconic life story and contribution of Babasaheb.
Pratham of Grade 12 Humanities recited an inspiring poem on Dr Ambedkar followed by the three life lessons that we can learn from his life by Shazma of Grade 10A.
Aditya Gaurav of Grade10A recited an insightful Doha of Kabir with its meaning and message. This was followed by a heart touching poem recited by Rishav of Grade 10A.
The entire assembly was flawlessly anchored by Shashwat of Grade 10.
The programme concluded with a stirring address by the Principal, who exhorted the assembly to tread in the illustrous footsteps of Babasaheb. We must strive to give our best for the nation. We must do something extraordinary and give our 100%