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Ambedkar No Less Than Martin Luther King Jr: PM Modi

Modi compared Constitution architect BR Ambedkar to Martin Luther King in an event in New Delhi today.

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The Prime Minister today compared Constitution architect BR Ambedkar to Martin Luther King who had fought for the rights of African-Americans.

Laying the foundation stone for Ambedkar National memorial, the Prime Minister targeted his political opponents accusing them of “spreading confusion and lies” on the issue and added that while it “serves their politics”, such things “weaken” the social fabric of the nation.

He repeatedly questioned “why it took 60 years” to do it and reminded that Ambedkar as law minister had to resign from Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet owing to lack of backing on the Hindu Code Bill that was a progressive move aimed to codify and reform Hindu personal law in India by giving women equal rights in many spheres like property.

Terming it as an “injustice” to call Ambedkar only a messiah of Dalits, the Prime Minister said that he was the voice of all marginalised sections and was a “Vishwa Manav” (global personality) and likened him to civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

Without naming Congress, the Prime Minister repeatedly attacked the main Opposition on the treatment meted out to Ambedkar in the last 60 years.

The Prime Minister compared the contribution of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Babasaheb Ambedkar and said while Patel did the task of uniting the princely states, Ambedkar did the task of uniting society.

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