MHA asks states to ensure security during Ambedkar Jayanti

Katie Ramirez
April 15, 2018

The people of India paid rich tribute to Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary today. He said it is his government which has strengthened this act to prevent atrocities against Dalits. In some regions, internet was also suspended anticipating violence. She said it was a matter of shame that the legendary Ambedkar's Jayanti had to be celebrated on the road.

"The administration has identified a total of 21 spots in Meerut city as hyper-sensitive and 35 in rural areas. The forces will trail the processions that will be taken out in the different parts of the district on Ambedkar Jayanti on Saturday", the official said. Even as BJP and Congress leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi, made a beeline to pay tributes to Ambedkar, both the parties accused each other of being anti-dalit.

The state police headquarters on Friday issued letters to all district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SPs), asking them to ensure proper safety and security of the Ambedkar statutes in their jurisdiction and to ensure there is no repeat of incidents of vandalism that happened earlier in Nawada and Sheikhpura. "I came to know I am the first president to visit Ambedkars birthplace on the occasion of his birth anniversary".

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In Vadodara in Gujarat, members of a Dalit group "cleansed" Ambedkar's statue soon after Union minister Maneka Gandhi and some BJP leaders paid floral tributes, a community leader said, claiming that their presence had "polluted" the atmosphere. Police, however, controlled the situation. Ambedkar understood that in order to become a greater nation, India needs spiritual development. He said the country remains indebted to Babasaheb for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.

On 14th April 1891, Dr B R Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, was born at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, which is now known as Dr Ambedkar Nagar.

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