Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid the foundation stone of a state of the art memorial of Doctor B R Ambedkar in New Delhi, which would mainly house his relics and cover all important aspects of his life and work.
An Ambedkar International Centre on Janpath, whose foundation stone of which was laid in May last year, is also being constructed by the government.
The Prime Minister delivered the Ambedkar Memorial lecture.
This is the sixth memorial lecture to be held in memory of the founding father of the Indian constitution and it is also a part of the programmes organised to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary year.
Here are the highlights of his speech:
11: 42 am This is a right that nobody can snatch: PM speaks on reservations for Dalits
#This is a right that nobody can snatch: PM on reservations for Dalits, tribals and marginalised communities
#Nothing has ever happened to the reservation for Dalits, tribals, where we are in power but still this lies is spread to mislead
#When Vajpayee ji became PM, sections started saying reservation will go. He was PM for two terms nothing of that sort happened
#Dalit entrepreneurship had to be an issue which had to be picked up by our govt
#I am the first PM to speak at the Ambedkar National Memorial, honoured to share thoughts on BR Ambedkar
#I have got an opportunity to fulfil Baba Saheb’s dream. He left us in 1956. Today, after 60 years, a memorial is being set up
11: 30 am Ambedkar was the voice of the marginalised
#Babasaheb was the voice of the marginalised. He is a Vishwa Manav. Only talking about him with respect to India is injustice to him
# Big mistake to label Ambedkar as Messiah only of Dalits
# Ambedkar was no less than Martin Luther King who fought for the oppressed
# Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, through his political wisdom, created a united Bharat Mata. The way Sardar Patel worked for Political integration, Baba Saheb Ambedkar worked for social integration.
#Ambedkar, through constitutional means, worked for social equality and unity in India
#Why was it that Ambedkar had to resign from the ministry? This part of history is either forgotten or diluted? When issue of equal rights to women came up, Babasaheb was clear that if women don’t get equal rights I cant be a part of the ministry.
#If there is a central foundation for labour laws in India, that foundation is because of Ambedkar
#There is a bill on waterways in Parliament but let me tell you this vision is of Dr. Ambedkar’s.He believed in India’s maritime strength
#Dr. Ambedkar told society one thing- to get educated. It is like the inner power and he showed the way in that regard
#Dr. Ambedkar called for labour reform and at the same time thought of industrialisation for the progress of India