PM Narendra Modi dedicates Dr. Ambedkar International Centre to the Nation

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

"The centre will be an important place for research on social and economic issues", the prime minister said. "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.

Attempts made to underplay Ambedkar's efforts towards nation building proved futile as his ideas continue to inspire people, said Modi.

Ambedkar International Centre, a sprawling building in the government district, will mark the "arrival" of the Dalit icon in the heart of the capital on Thursday.

The prime minister also unveiled the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar in the lawns and another statue of Dr Ambedkar in the atrium of the Centre in Janpath.

Modi also said the government had realized Baba Saheb's dream of an inclusive India that gives equal opportunities to every citizen irrespective of caste, creed and faith. In this context, he mentioned the sites at Alipur in Delhi; Mhow in Madhya Pradesh; Indu Mill in Mumbai; Deeksha Bhumi in Nagpur; and the house in London. He had laid the foundation stone of the centre in 2015. He said that we have still not been able to fulfil the vision of Dr. Ambedkar.

The Prime Minister recalled Dr. Ambedkar's words, that we should make our political democracy, a social democracy as well.

The centre, he said, was a fusion of Buddhist and modern architecture.

The 62nd Mahaparinirvan Diwas of Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr BR Ambedkar was observed across the country on December 6 and rich tributes were paid to him by the leaders and the followers.

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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