Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi on Thursday. At the event the Prime Minister hailed Ambedkar’s contribution to the development of the country.
Addressing the gathering, he said that the newly opened centre would be an important place for research on social and economic issues.
“The centre will prove to be an inspiration for the promotion of the thoughts and teachings of Dr Ambedkar. The centre will be an important place for research on social and economic issues,” the prime minister said.
He also said that the government had developed five places related to Babasaheb Ambedkar into pilgrimage spots.
“I think that this centre is for the youth… where they can see and understand the vision of Babasaheb Ambedkar,” the prime minister added.
The Ambedkar International Centre is a fusion of Buddhist and modern architecture, whose foundation stone was laid in 2015. The Prime Minister also unveiled two statues of the Dalit icon at the centre.
Addressing the event, the Prime Minister launched a veiled attack at the previous Congress-led government at the Centre, accusing the party of trying to erase Ambedkar’s contribution in nation building.
“Such was his incredible strength that when years after his demise efforts were made by such people to crush his philosophy, when efforts were made to erase his contribution towards nation-building, his ideals could not be wiped out from people’s memory,” PM Modi said.
The prime minister said the idea to construct the Ambedkar International Centre was conceived in 1992.
“Then nothing happened for 23 years…when our government came, we not only laid its foundation (in April 2015), but are also dedicating it to the nation today,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)