Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar's contribution to nation building, saying attempts to undermine his role were unsuccessful. He was speaking after inaugurating Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in Delhi.
PM Modi said, "Attempts to erase Baba Saheb Ambedkar's role failed, he has been more influential in the minds of people."
In a veiled attack against Nehru-Gandhi family, PM said, "Ambedkar is still in the minds of people much more than 'the family for which all this was done".
"This Government is developing places related to Baba Saheb Ambedkar's life as pilgrimage sites, " he further added.He added that the five pilgrimage spots -- in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Mhow and London -- were like a homage from the present generation.
"I think that this centre is for the youth... where they can see and understand the vision of Babasaheb Ambedkar," the prime minister said.
The centre, he said, was a fusion of Buddhist and modern architecture. He had laid the foundation stone of the centre in 2015.
The Dr. Ambedkar International Centre is a fusion of Buddhist and present day architecture. It includes seminar as well as conference halls. There are three auditoriums and an extensive library with a rich digital repository. Also, the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre For Socio-Economic Transformation (DAICSET) was launched.
(With agency inputs)