Nation remembers B R Ambedkar

New Delhi: Rich tributes were paid to the architect of the Constitution, B R Ambedkar, in various parts of the country on Sunday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his economic thought and vision have not been fully understood and the government was leaving no stone unturned to fulfil his dreams of a prosperous and inclusive India.

In the Parliament House complex in New Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister and other leaders remembered Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 60th death anniversary, which is being observed as 'Mahaparinirvan Diwas'.

Mukherjee, Ansari and Modi offered floral tributes at the Dalit icon's statue in the Parliament House lawns. Later, the Prime Minister released two commemorative coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10 denomination at his official residence as part of the 125th birth anniversary year celebrations of Ambedkar.

In Mumbai, glowing tributes were paid to Ambedkar at his memorial 'Chaityabhoomi' in the Dadar area, as thousands of his followers gathered there. Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among those who paid tributes to the Dalit icon.

After releasing the commemorative coins, the Prime Minister termed Ambedkar as a visionary and a profound thinker and said his economic thought and vision were still not fully understood and needed to be appreciated, even though his contribution towards social justice have been recognised.

"Our government is leaving no stone unturned to fulfil the vision & dreams of Dr Ambedkar to create a prosperous and inclusive India," Modi said after the function in which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot were also present.

The Prime Minister also highlighted Ambedkar's vision on women empowerment, federalism, economy and its relevance. "We are aware of Dr Ambedkar's contributions towards social justice but Babasaheb's thoughts on economic issues are equally enlightening. ... Dr Ambedkar will always be remembered as an original & profound thinker. His views on inclusiveness & harmony continue to inspire us," he said.

Modi said Ambedkar had faced lot of humiliation, yet his patriotism reflected in his work.

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