Paying tribute to B R Ambedkar on his death anniversary, BJP president Amit Shah said on Sunday that the Dalit icon and Sardar Patel were responsible for tackling the two biggest challenges India faced after independence. He added that the respect people have for the Constitution would be “impossible” had Ambedkar not been head of its drafting committee.
Shah said Ambedkar shaped the Constitution in such a way that it united different parts of society and gave a sense of justice and equality to all religions and communities.
“Among the challenges faced by the country following independence, political pundits believe that two things stood out… How to unify the country divided into many small parts was one challenge and the second was how to make a new Constitution that unites all parts of society to make a united India in which all of them had respect.
“Due to Sardar Patel and his indefatigable efforts, this country became one… And the second important work would have never finished had Babasaheb Ambedkar not been there. It was a huge challenge to make a Constitution that gave hope to all communities and the feeling that they were parts of this country,” Shah said at a function organised at the party headquarters.
Shah claimed that it was due to the initiative of the NDA government at the Centre that many events related to the Dalit icon were being organised. He also referred to the two-day discussion in Parliament on the Constitution and other measures taken by the Narendra Modi dispensation to pay homage to Ambedkar.