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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also paid tribute to the chief architect of Indian Constititution on his birthday.

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressing the gathering after releasing the book titled ‘Dr.

The President said, Dr Ambedkar waged a life-long struggle for a better and fairer society for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal economic and social rights to women and to those from traditionally disadvantaged communities. He said, it is important to appreciate Dr Ambedkar's personality and message in all its dimensions, and not to compartmentalise, as people often do.

In Vadodara, members of Dalit community "cleansed" BR Ambedkar's statue after Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi and some BJP leaders paid floral tributes on his 127th birth anniversary.

Mr Modi said that B.R. Ambedkar had made provisions in the Constitution for the protection of the rights of backward classes and appealed to people not to join Naxals for securing their rights.

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Narayanasamy earlier flagged-off a marathon by students and youths at the Ambedkar Manimandapam, organised as part of the birth anniversary celebrations.

"The society needs "samrasta" (harmony) today and not "samar" (conflict or war).It needs non-violence and peace", he said at a function in Mhow, where the Madhya Pradesh government has built a large memorial dedicated to Ambedkar.

Security has been beefed up in the area for Kovind's visit.

State governments of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh imposed prohibitory orders in places that had witnessed violence during the Bharat Bandh protest by Dalits against the Supreme Court order introducing a mechanism to register cases under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. He said the country remains indebted to Babasaheb for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.


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