PM Modi at Ambedkar Memorial Lecture: Here are his top quotes

Prime Minister Modi delivered the sixth memorial lecture, highlighting the life of Ambedkar and also reiterated his government's stand on reservations for Dalits and tribals.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2016 3:40 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing during Three years long Centenary Celebration of Sri Gaudiya Math and Mission in Kolkata on Sunday. PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra(PTI2_21_2016_000234B) Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an event in Kolkata. File/PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid the foundation stone for a memorial of Dr Ambedkar in New Delhi, which will cover the important aspects of his life.

Prime Minister Modi delivered the sixth memorial lecture, highlighting the life of Ambedkar and also reiterated his government’s stand on reservations for Dalits and tribals.

Here are his top quotes at the Ambedkar Memorial event:

* I have got an opportunity to fulfil Baba Saheb’s dream. He left us in 1956. Today, after 60 years, a memorial is being set up. 60 years have passed! I don’t know how we can explain this, but we have had to wait for 60 years for this. Perhaps this was written in my fate. Perhaps I had blessings of Baba Saheb on me. I will inaugurate it on 14th April, 2018

* Dr. Ambedkar called for labour reform and at the same time thought of industrialisation for the progress of India

* Wherever we have got the opportunity to serve, we have taken decisions out of Shradha of Dr. Ambedkar

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* When Vajpayeeji became PM, sections started saying reservation will go. He was PM for two terms nothing of that sort happened. Nothing has ever happened to the reservation for Dalits, tribals, where we are in power but still this lies is spread to mislead. This is a right that nobody can snatch

* Dr. Ambedkar told society one thing – get educated. It is like the inner power and he showed the way in that regard

* Why was it that Dr. Ambedkar had to resign from the ministry? This part of history is either forgotten or diluted. When issue of equal rights to women came up, Babasaheb was clear that if women don’t get equal rights I cant be a part of the ministry

* If Babasaheb had served in government for a longer time, he could have done 60 years before what I did today

* Babasaheb could never see anyone remain deprived/backward, not only Dalits but also women of Tata-Birla families. Look at his vision

* Babasaheb was the voice of the marginalised. He is a Vishwa Manav. Only talking about him with respect to India is injustice to him. We should see him in the same light as the world sees Martin Luther King.

* 26, Alipur Road will be an iconic building of Delhi and for us it will be a source of inspiration

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    Adhip
    Mar 21, 2016 at 10:35 am
    Devji, Sorry if you have misunderstood the comment. My comment was a sarcasm on Modi and not meant as an insult to Ambedkar.
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      Adhip
      Mar 21, 2016 at 6:46 am
      Yes, Ambedkar could have done exactly the same Modi does today! Like; 'not' responding, 'not' accounting and 'not' restraining his ministers, party members, affiliates, and ociated organisations from committing heinous crimes, hate speeches on/for Dalits and minorities. And yes, indeed like Modiji, Ambedkar could have 'surely' loved to build big fancy memorials and statues for himself and others. And given the chance, had taken beautiful selfies while wearing suits, with 'Ambedkar' carved on them.
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        Bharat ParDadaji
        Mar 21, 2016 at 6:49 am
        Feku has never read the consution Or any book of Dr.Ambedkar . he is simply regurgitating empty plaudes fed to him by his army of speechwriters.
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          Bharat ParDadaji
          Mar 21, 2016 at 6:46 am
          Feku is making false claims in 3rd para , as if he is the 1st person to inaugurate an Ambedkar memorial in Independent India ! Arrey feku there are dozens of Ambedkar memorials all over India including the Dr.Ambedkar National memorial at Alipur road in Delhi.
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            Arpan Pal
            Mar 21, 2016 at 7:04 am
            As if he is the only one in the 60 years history of Indian politics to be shameless. At least he does something better than the other shameless.
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