President, vice president pay tributes to Ambedkar

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday led the nation in paying tributes to Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar, principal architect of the Indian Constitution, on his 125th birth anniversary.

Mukherjee paid tributes at Ambedkar’s statue in Parliament House lawns.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, union ministers, leaders of political parties and people in large number also paid floral tributes to Ambedkar on the occasion.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, among others, was also present during the function.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to Ambedkar at Mhow, his birth place in Madhya Pradesh.

Functions are being organized all over the country to remember the contribution of Ambedkar in the building of the nation. The day was observed as “Social Harmony Day”, an official statement said.

“Portraits of Ambedkar are being garlanded at village Panchayats and literature about his life and work is being distributed. Discussions about his teaching and work are also being held,” it added.

Born on April 14, 1891 to Bhimabai Sakpal and Ramji in Madhya Pradesh, Ambedkar died on December 6, 1956.

Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to Ambedkar

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday greeted citizens on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, main architect of the Indian Constitution.

She said that one of the greatest icons of modern India, Ambedkar’s contribution spread across every field of national development.

“His faith in democracy, which he shared with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and other stalwarts of the freedom movement, is one of his proud legacies to our country,” she said, according to a statement.

As Ambedkar said in the “last session of the constituent assembly, our Constitution has given us not just a political democracy, but also a social democracy, guaranteeing equality of all and empowerment of the weak and the marginalized.”

Born on April 14, 1891 to Bhimabai Sakpal and Ramji in Madhya Pradesh, Ambedkar died on December 6, 1956.

Gandhi said that the Indian Constitution, drafted by Ambedkar, is a unique affirmation of fundamental human rights and guarantees social empowerment through constitutional means.

“India’s unique experiment of social and economic transformation through peaceful and democratic means holds lessons for all societies in transition and for all nations divided by social and economic disparities and discrimination,” she said. “On this occasion, we pay our humble tribute to one of the greatest son of India and champion of social equality and democracy,” she added.

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