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, The Hindustan Times reported.
Reacting to the Yogi Adityanath government’s move, BJP MP Udit Raj said, “I don’t find any reason to change his name, it’s an individual’s freedom to decide how he wants to be known. Why create a controversy unnecessarily? The Dalit community has expressed its displeasure.”
Ambedkar’s middle name comes from his father Ramji Maloji Sakpal.
India’s Dalit social reformer, whose full name is Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, is named as only BR Ambedkar in all official records. He heavily criticized Hindu religion due to its caste system.
He was Independent India’s first law minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India and a founding father of the Republic of India.