Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government was leaving “no stone unturned to fulfil the vision and dreams of B R Ambedkar to create a prosperous and inclusive India”.
Speaking on the death anniversary of the architect of the Constitution, which is being observed as “Mahaparinirvan Divas of Babasaheb Ambedkar”, the PM contended that Ambedkar’s economic thought and vision had not been fully understood.
He took a swipe at “those who raised questions on the celebration of November 26” as Constitution Day, referring to the Congress and Left questioning the government’s motives to celebrate on that date whereas the Constitution had come in force on January 26, 1950, which is celebrated as Republic Day.
During the recent debate on India’s commitment to the Constitution, Modi had said, “Many are wondering that while it is understandable to celebrate August 15 and January 26, why have I decided to commemorate November 26. These questions were raised in the House. I do not think that those who understand Ambedkar well would have perhaps raised such questions.”
CPM’s Sitaram Yechury had said in Rajya Sabha that “Constitution Day” was just an excuse for the BJP, which did not play any role in the freedom struggle, to “worm” its way into the history of the Independence movement.
On Sunday, the PM released two commemorative coins of
Rs 125 and Rs 10 denomination as part of Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations at his residence. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Modi said that Ambedkar’s contributions towards social justice have been recognised, but his economic thoughts and vision were still not fully understood and needed to be appreciated. He said the observance of Constitution Day was aimed at making Ambedkar and his contribution a more talked-about subject in the country. “The more we recall Ambedkar’s thought, in the context of issues currently faced by India, the more we come to respect his vision and his approach to inclusiveness,” he said. Praising the “good discussion” in Parliament on Ambedkar, Modi said the MPs had reviewed the present situation in the context of Ambedkar’s perspective.
Lauding Ambedkar’s contribution to the nation, the PM highlighted Ambedkar’s vision on women’s empowerment, federalism, economy and its relevance today.
“We are aware of Dr Ambedkar’s contributions towards social justice but Babasaheb’s thoughts on economic issues are equally enlightening… Dr Ambedkar will always be remembered as an original and profound thinker. His views on inclusiveness and harmony continue to inspire us,” he said.
Modi recalled that Ambedkar had faced a lot of humiliation, yet his patriotism was reflected in his work.