While laying the foundation stone for the Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid glowing tributes to BR Ambedkar on Monday, comparing him with Martin Luther King Jr.
"If Martin Luther King is seen as a symbol of fight against injustice the world over, BR Ambedkar should also be not seen as second to anyone," Modi said at the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Laid the foundation stone for the Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial. Paid tributes to Babasaheb's enduring contributing to our nation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 21, 2016
However, he did. And guess who he came second to? Narendra Modi himself.
A students' group of The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras called the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC), tweeted out a photo of the foundation stone.
Modi laying foundation stone for Ambedkar memorial center. Notice font size for his name and Dr. Ambedkar's name. pic.twitter.com/m6C0N19Y4u
— APSC (@ambedkarperiyar) March 21, 2016
So, whose name do you see first? Yes, Narendra Modi's and that's because it comes in a font size much bigger than Ambedkar's name.
Last year in August, the student body, many of whose members are Dalits, was suspended for a week following a complaint that they were critical of Prime Minister Modi. The HRD minister also came under fire. Later, the suspension was overturned following several meetings with the dean and the students' body.
Yesterday, while the Prime Minister said that his government will fulfil Ambedkar's dreams by providing electricity in 18,000 villages and when the villages get power supply, credit should be given to Ambedkar, not him--it turns out that his team didn't quite check the foundation stone.
Was this ceremony to lay the foundation stone of Ambedkar Memorial or Modi Memorial? This is complete nonsense. pic.twitter.com/gejGdJ4sQs
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) March 21, 2016
PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for BR Ambedkar National Memorial in Delhi pic.twitter.com/w1ox6PfH6x
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 21, 2016
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