Modi inaugurates Ambedkar International Centre in Delhi, recalls Baba Saheb's contribution

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Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the centre will work as a think-tank in analyzing socio-economic issues of the country, which will help in determining the ways of achieving inclusive growth of India.

Hitting out at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that parties that sought votes in the name of Dr B R Ambedkar "tried to erase his contribution in nation-building and did little to build the Ambedkar International Centre conceived 23 years ago".

Quoting from Ambedkar's address to the Constituent Assembly in December 1946, the Prime Minister said despite his struggles, the author of India's constitution had an inspirational vision for the nation to overcome its problems. "He has been more influential in the minds of people, much more than the family for which all this was done", Modi said.

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Vice President M Venkiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution. He said today's generation has the capability and the potential to eradicate social evils. "The schemes of this government are to strengthen the social democracy", he added. In this context, he mentioned initiatives taken by the Government such as Jan Dhan Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission, insurance schemes, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and the recently launched Saubhagya Yojana. "It will not be wrong if I say that more people are still influenced by Ambedkar's ideas than the family for which such efforts were made", Modi said. The home state of the Prime Minister has been witness to massive protests by Dalits against the BJP since previous year when two Dalit men were mercilessly flogged in Gujarat's Una by cow vigilantes on the suspicion that they had slaughtered cows.

"At 11 AM tomorrow, I will inaugurate the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre at 15 Janpath, Delhi".

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the Ministers of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla, Shri Krishan Pal and Shri Ramdas Athawale are also seen.