Stressing on the need for research on the writings of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hailed him as a great economist who thought far ahead of his times. Fadnavis was addressing a public function on Saturday to mark the inauguration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Library by the Symbiosis Society on Senapati Bapat Road in the city. The event was presided over by former President, Pratibha Patil, who inaugurated the library, and attended by Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale.
Addressing the audience, Fadnavis said that Dr Ambedkar wasn’t just a politician but an intellectual as well who did some great work as an economist. “There was barely any economist who had as much insight as him in that era. Hence, he was able to write many books on subjects like Indian economic system, and his writings are relevant even after several decades,” he said. He also spoke of the Constitution of which Dr Ambedkar is considered to be the architect and said that it plays an important role in the development of a nation.
Patil too spoke of Dr Ambedkar’s role in drafting the Indian Constitution, which, she said, is like a security cover for all citizens and empowers even the weakest link in society. SB Mujumdar, founder president of Symbiosis Society said that besides providing a library to students at affordable rates, the society would soon come up with an Ambedkar Chair for students to pursue research on him.
Meanwhile, speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the event, Athavale said he has demanded at least one ministerial berth at both the central and state cabinets. The announcement comes ahead of the expansion of the state cabinet by this month-end. However, prodded by reporters that his wife Seema Athavale might be inducted as her name has been proposed, he clarified he hasn’t pushed the names of any of his family members.