Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday hailed the architect of Indian constitution and the iconic social reformer Dr. BR Ambedkar, saying his thoughts and teachings are relevant forever. The Vice President visited Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial and Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi this morning.
The memorial has been constructed as part of the Panch Theerth Memorials as a tribute to the revered social reformer and the architect of the Indian Constitution. The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Vijay Sampla and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President spent considerable time at the National Memorial, which houses the museum containing 27 exhibits on the life and work of Dr. Ambedkar.
Later, the Vice President visited Dr. Ambedkar International Centre and went around the auditoria and a big library.
Interacting with the staff at both the places, he paid glowing tributes to Dr. Ambedkar. He lauded the Government for constructing the memorials in the form of Panch Theerthas at his birthplace at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, place in London where he had stayed while studying in the UK, Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur, Mahaparivathan Sthal in Delhi and Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai.
“…it is a beautiful museum dutifully done to keep the memory of the great son of this great country,” he said.
He said the project was initiated when he was the urban Development Minister and it was a dream come true for him to see the “beautiful museum”.
“Dr. Babasaheb was not only an outstanding intellectual, but was also a great social reformer, philosopher and humanist, who strove all through his life to dismantle caste barriers. His thoughts are eternal and relevant for all times,’ he said.
Vice President Naidu also added that the nation would be always grateful for his stellar contribution in drafting the constitution.
“He was one of the builders of modern India and his vision contributed towards the formulation of water and industrial policies in the country. He was the pioneer in giving proper direction and guidance to the nation after independence,” he said.