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Power was sole objective for Nehru and Gandhi: Bihar Governor

The Bihar governor was speaking while inaugurating a two-day national seminar on 'The influence of ideology of Dr BR Ambedkar on marginal literature' held at Gujarat National Law University(GNLU) in Gandhinagar.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: January 31, 2016 3:19 am

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind Saturday said Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi had “power” as their “sole objective” in comparison to B R Ambedkar who worked as a social crusader without aiming for political gains.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a two-day seminar on “The Influence of Ideology of Dr B R Ambedkar on Marginal Literature” at Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar. The event has been organised jointly by the state social justice and empowerment department, Gujarat Sahitya Akademi and GNLU.

Comparing a social reformer (Samaj Sudharak) and a political leader (Rajnetik Neta), Kovind said, “Whenever any social reformer challenges the society and social ills, no one welcomes his/her views. Babasaheb did this throughout his life. But when a political leader speaks out against the government, he is appreciated and honoured.”

He then said: “On one hand, we had Nehru and Gandhi for whom political power was the sole objective. Compare them to Ambedkar, he never craved for political power. His belief was if social ills were removed, development will follow.”

He exhorted scholars to deliberate upon different facets of Ambedkar’s personality rather than focusing on his popular image of the Father of the Indian Constitution and his work as a torchbearer for the backward and marginalised sections of the society.

He also lauded Gujarat government’s efforts to allocate funds in the state budget in order to hold Ambedkar’s 125th anniversary celebrations across the state. Kovind has earlier been a Rajya Sabha member, chief of BJP’s Scheduled Caste Morcha and president of All India Koli Samaj.


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  1. Abdul Bareque
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:58 am
    Now he is going to be India's pride.
    1. A
      Jan 31, 2016 at 5:26 am
      Since independence, Congress has only done lipservice to hi and the country. They are not able to digest the rise of Modi. My advise : BE TOLERANT OR WE WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO BE SO. Remember how Amir Khan has changed his tone ?????????
      1. A
        Jan 31, 2016 at 5:14 am
        Who is governing these governors? Seems like all are puppets.
        1. L
          Loveindra Chadha
          Feb 2, 2016 at 11:00 am
          Dear Mr Kovind Sir, Being a Governor of a state I am sure you would be a learned person. I am sure you would have read about the life and times of Dr Ambedkar. There is no doubt in any ones mind that Dr Ambedkar was one of the very learned persons during the time when the consution was required to be written. If you have read the history around that time Dr Ambedkar spent time fighting the cause of SC community. I would like to use excerpts from his biography ' After returning to India, Bhimrao Ambedkar decided to fight against the caste discrimination that almost fragmented the nation. Ambedkar opined that there should be separate electoral system for the Untouchables and lower caste people. He also favored the concept of providing reservations for Dalits and other religious communities. Dr Ambedkar began to find ways to reach to the people and make them understand the drawbacks of the prevailing social evils. You will see that he used all his time for the cause of uplifting the SC. He was not hankering for any political office, neither he was made to be in the Power structure at that time. There were only 2 people who were being considered for the Prime Minister and these were Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel. Both had their strong points they had their strengths. If Sardar Patel had been made the PM, then with his death shortly after Independence India would have been in as big a chaos which stan went through at that time. It is wrong to say Mr Governor that Nehru and hi were power hungry. Power came to them after long struggle. Dr Ambedkar was given all his dues and he will continue to be respected as the framer of the consution of India.
          1. J
            Jan 31, 2016 at 5:02 am
            In my opinion Kovind is an ! The man - Mahatma i laid the foundation of India's industrialization by boycotting British made goods and then Nehru made small scale industry and indigenous product development possible by curbing imports to support Made in India. It's people like Kovind who are liability and poison for Mr. Modi.
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