PRESIDENT Kovind , PM Narendra Modi Join Nation In Paying Tribute To Dr Ambedkar On His Birth Anniversary
PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday led the nation to pay homage to Dalit social reformer and father of the Indian Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar on his 128th birth anniversary. Babasaheb Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables and also supported empowerment of women and the working people. Born at Mhow now in Madhya Pradesh on 14 April 1891, he breathed his last on 6 December 1956 in Delhi and was laid to rest in Mumbai. Dr Ambedkar is an icon of our nation, and the Chief Architect of the Constitution. Dr Ambedkar waged a life-long struggle for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal rights for women and weaker sections,” President Kovind tweeted.”I pay my homage to the chief architect of Indian Constitution and a person who has worked for social justice – Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar -on his birth anniversary. Jai Hind!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “He (Ambedkar) is an inspiration to crores of people including me. It is not necessary for a person to born in a rich family. In India, a person born in a poor family can also dream of big things and can achieve them.”Dr Ambedkar, commonly known as Babasaheb, dedicated his life to working for the uplift of untouchables, women, and labourers. Born into a poor Dalit family, Ambedkar became independent India’s first law minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India and a founding father of the Republic of India. He also campaigned against the social discrimination of Dalits and inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement in 1956.Ambedkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1990. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and other dignitaries paid floral tributes at the portrait of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in the Parliament House on his Birth Anniversary today. Among the dignitaries who attended the function were several Union Ministers, Members and former Members of Parliament. The Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava and Shri Desh Deepak Verma, respectively also paid floral tributes. A booklet containing the profile of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, brought out by the Lok Sabha Secretariat in Hindi and English, was presented to the dignitaries. The portrait of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar was unveiled in the Central Hall of Parliament House by the then Prime Minister, Shri Vishwanath Pratap Singh, on 12 April 1990.