President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Dalit social reformer and father of the Indian Constitution Dr BR Ambedkar on his 128th birth anniversary, also known as Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti.
“I pay my homage to the chief architect of Indian Constitution and a person who has worked for social justice — Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar — on his birth anniversary. Jai Hind!” Prime Minister Modi tweeted in Hindi along with a video.
“Homage to Dr B.R. Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. An icon of our nation, and Chief Architect of the Constitution, Dr Ambedkar waged a life-long struggle for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal rights for women and weaker sections,” President Kovind tweeted on Ambedkar Jayanti.
Mr Kovind later paid floral tributes at the statue of Dr Ambedkar at the Parliament House Lawns in New DelhI and was accompanied by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale and Vijay Sampla and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel.
“On Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s jayanti, let us re-dedicate ourselves to the 4 universal values of JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY & FRATERNITY enshrined in our Constitution. Those who pay him tributes on this day, while insidiously weakening these values, do his memory disservice,” Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
BR Ambedkar was posthumously conferred with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 1990.