President receives 1st copy of book 'Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Vyakti Nahin Sankalp'

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Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity.

A large number of Ambedkar followers visited Mhow to pay their respects to independent India's first law minister.

Dr. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 in the military cantonment of Mhow which is now in Madhya Pradesh.

He said Ambedkar had recognised the difference between India and other countries and accordingly prepared plans for shaping future of the country. He expressed hope that thoughts compiled in the book would reach more and more citizens and motivate them to work together in peace and harmony.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also paid tribute to the chief architect of Indian Constititution on his birthday. He said, his government is following the path shown by Baba Saheb and moving ahead with the mantra of Sabka Saath - Sabka Vikas to ensure that the benefits of development reach all section of society.

Earlier, on the eve of Babasaheb's birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial to the nation.

The Prime Minister said the government will not allow dilution of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The event commenced at 8.00 am with a prayer song sung by the choir members followed by thought for the day by Vaishnavi Suresh of Class X and Significance of the Day by Sonali Umanath of Class X. Principal Fr Robert D'Souza, vice-principal Belita Mascarenhas along with the student representatives offered a floral tribute to Dr B R Ambedkar.

But amid an undercurrent of anger in the community and allegations that the government was sidelining Dalits, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said the BJP's overdrive to cultivate Dalits with the help of optics won't cut.

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