New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary on Wednesday. They stressed on the need to imbibe his ideals in the conduct of each Indian.
"Tribute to Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, on his birth anniversary. He waged a lifelong struggle to create an equitable society. Today, by taking a lesson from his life and thoughts, we take a resolution to adopt his principles in our conduct," President tweeted in Hindi.
The Prime Minister stated that Babasaheb's struggle to bring the deprived section into the mainstream will remain an example for generations to come. Bowing to the great Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "His struggle to bring the deprived section into the mainstream will remain an example for generations to come".
Born on April 14, 1891, Babasaheb Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist and social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits).
Ambedkar Jayanti also known as Bhim Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, the ‘Father of The Indian Constitution’. Celebrated on April 14 every year, Ambedkar Jayanti honours the Dalit icon who dedicated his life working for the upliftment of women and labourers. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar not only gave India its Constitution but also played a vital role in the construction of Reserve Bank of India - the nation’s central banking institution. A social reformer, was the force behind the Dalit Buddhist Movement in India.
Several leaders paid tribute to the economist via social media. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter to pay tributes. He wrote, “The country will always be indebted to Babasaheb Ambedkar's contribution as the architect of the Constitution. He has played an important role in laying the foundation of modern India. We are building a new India based on the same ideals of Babasaheb.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Twitter wrote, “India is now proving that it is indeed possible to regress in time. Today, we remember Babasaheb who asked the difficult questions that helped put our country on the path of progress.”
Known for being the architect of the Indian constitution, BR Ambedkar passed away on December 6, 1956. In 1990, Babasaheb Ambedkar was posthumously conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.