'Attempts to undermine Ambedkar's contribution to the nation have failed'

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the ceremony to dedicate Dr. Ambedkar International Centre to the Nation, at 15 Janpath, in New Delhi on December 07, 2017.

Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State Ramdas Athawale and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel were also present at the event.

Dr Ambedkar passed away on this day in 1956 at the age of 65.

The Prime Minister said that thought-leaders and visionaries have shaped the direction of our country, at different points in time.

Baba Saheb Ambedkar's contribution to nation building, saying attempts to undermine his role were unsuccessful.

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He said his government was making endeavors to not only pay homage to Ambedkar by developing places he was associated with as "pilgrimage sites", but also bringing in policies such as Jan Dhan, Swachh Bharat and Ujjawala that eradicate socio-economic disparities. "Till now, some 9.75 crore loan (applications) have been accepted and people have been given credits worth over Rs 4 lakh crore", Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his message on the occasion said, "I bow to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas", and added that he had felt extremely blessed when he had prayed at Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai. The house on King Henry Road in London, where Ambedkar lived as a student in the London School of Economics, has already been acquired and is being developed into a memorial and research centre. He said today's generation has the capability and the potential to eradicate social evils.

He said the Congress had planned the centre in 1992 but it was only now during the BJP's tenure that work was completed.

Saying he has faith in the youth of the country to fight casteism, Prime minister said young Indians will fulfil the dream of New India.

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