Protests, 'cleaning' and tributes mark Ambedkar's birth anniversary this year

On Ambedkar Jayanti, PM Narendra Modi's big Dalit outreach and a stern message to MPs

"CM Vasundhara Raje celebrating 127th birth anniversary of Ambedkar will dedicate a library and a conference hall in Jaipur". Speaking at the function in New Delhi, Mr Modi said, the memorial is a tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar. "Therefore, we cleansed Ambedkar's statue with milk and water after it was garlanded by the BJP leaders", he added. "Babasaheb struggled throughout his life for the rights of Dalits and oppressed sections of the society".

Coinciding with the birth anniversary of the country's first law minister, the prime minister launched a healthcare and wellness centre under the "Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission".

The groups clashed last night, on the eve of Ambedkar's birth anniversary, over the installation of a board and renaming of a "chowk" (intersection) in Phagwara, the police said.

Meanwhile, another statue of BR Ambedkar was today found vandalised in the state's Jaunpur district, reported news agency IANS.

The situation was said to be under control as authorities imposed prohibitory conditions and deployed additional police force. Police, however, controlled the situation.

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Outside the country, Ambedkar's birth anniversary became a rallying point at the United Nations where a group of Sikhs held a protest against the atrocities against minorities and Dalits in India.

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.

The Samajwadi Party has never celebrated Dr Ambedkar's birth anniversary with such gusto as it is doing this time.

Among other leaders, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and chief ministers of Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana - Devendra Fadnavis, Raghubar Das, Yogi Adityanath, K Palanisami and K Chadrasekhar Rao respectively - also paid homage to Ambedkar.

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