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PM Modi inaugurates Dr BR Ambedkar International Centre

07 December 2017

Dedicating to the nation Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said "a particular family" - an indirect reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family- wanted to erase the contributions of Ambedkar who drafted India's Constitution and was the first law minister of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the Centre would play a key role in the dissemination of Dr Ambedkar's teachings and vision.

Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State Ramdas Athawale and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel were also present at the event.

Modi further said that the Central government was developing places related to Ambedkar's life as pilgrimage sites. He had laid the foundation stone of the centre in 2015. "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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Ambedkar International Centre, a sprawling building in the government district, will mark the "arrival" of the Dalit icon in the heart of the capital on Thursday.

Attempts made to underplay Ambedkar's efforts towards nation building proved futile as his ideas continue to inspire people, said Modi. He said that this "Panchteerth" is the today's generation's way of paying homage to Dr. Ambedkar.

The Prime Minister tweeted: "I bow to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas". The house on King Henry Road in London, where Ambedkar lived as a student in the London School of Economics, has already been acquired and is being developed into a memorial and research centre. There are three auditoriums and an extensive library with a rich digital repository.

PM Modi inaugurates Dr BR Ambedkar International Centre