April 14 marks the 127th birth anniversary of social reformer Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
After its new-found bonhomie with the BSP won it two Lok Sabha seats in recent bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party is set to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti in a big way, taking their friendship a step forward.
The Lt. Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd), will lead the Islanders in paying tributes to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
Lourdes Central School celebrated the 127th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar on April 14 as a part of the nationwide celebrations. He said, Dr Ambedkar was an academic and economist, a scholar and moral philosopher, an exceptional legal mind and constitutionalist and above all, he was an activist for social reform and for legitimate opportunities for women and a champion of liberty.
PM Modi said, "A son of a poor mother, belonging to a very backward community, this partner of yours is if today the Prime Minister, that is too due to Babasaheb Ambedkar".
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity. "The way he struggled against prejudice to become perhaps the most educated minister, in terms of the number of degrees he held, when he became law minister in the Nehru cabinet, shows his focus in life".
Mr Kovind said the best tribute to him will be to build a just, egalitarian and developed India and an India that lives up to the republican ethic that Dr Ambedkar shaped and defined for people and for future generations.
"As president, I have got the responsibility to protect the Constitution, whose main architect was Babasaheb Ambedkar".
Recalling Ambedkar's contributions to the country, Kovind said he had always adopted non-violent means to fight for the rights of SCs/STs, other weaker sections of the society and women.