Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Sunday unveiled a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in Leh, to ‘reaffirm the message of social justice and equality’ in Jammu and Kashmir.
Stating that this was the first statue of Dr Ambedkar at the foothills of Himalayas, Fadnavis said, “It is a small tribute to one of the greatest leaders, whose life and teachings still continue to inspire the world.” The function was organised by Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Saboo Dho. The statue was donated by Harshdeep Kamble, a Maharashtra cadre IAS officer working for the cause of social justice, to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Ambedkar.
A grand memorial park has also been planned at the venue where the statue stands. Fadnavis has decided to hold discussions for the development of the memorial with the government of Jammu and Kashmir. The state government and various social organisations, had taken the initiative two years ago to celebrate Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary.
Fadnavis said, “The architect of the Indian Constitution’s writings, ranging from socio-politics to economics, remain unparalleled. They still provide solutions to some of the critical problems we grapple with.”
The Republican Party of India chief and Union Minister Of State For Social Justice Ramdas Athawale accompanied the chief minister at the Leh event.
Fadnavis’s government is facing flak in Maharashtra for allowing the demolition of the Ambedkar Bhavan in Dadar. Last week, the government spoke out against the razing, carried out by a private Trust associated with the Bhavan.
Fadnavis said, “ My government does not justify anything that is wrong or hurts the sentiments of Ambedkar followers.” The state has given orders to expedite the Ambedkar memorial on 12.5 acres of land at Indu Mills.
In November 15, 2015, Fadnavis and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had launched the Ambedkar Studies Centre. The 2050-sqft property at King Henry Road in London was purchased for Rs 40 crore. This was the house where Ambedkar lived while pursuing his studies in London School of Economics.
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