At the function organised by the Ambedkar Foundation, the other leaders who paid floral homage to Baba Saheb included the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, Vijay Sampla and Ram Das Athawale in the presence of other dignitaries.
Paying tribute to the stalwart, he said that attempts made to erase Baba Saheb Ambedkar's role failed. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the centre will work as a think-tank in analyzing socio-economic issues of the country, which will help in determining the ways of achieving inclusive growth of India.
PM Modi added that the government had developed five places related to Baba Saheb Ambedkar into pilgrimage spots. "He has been more influential in the minds of people, much more than the family for which all this was done", Modi said. In this context, he mentioned the sites at Alipur in Delhi; Mhow in Madhya Pradesh; Indu Mill in Mumbai; Deeksha Bhumi in Nagpur; and the house in London.
The Prime Minister said, BHIM app was launched for the poor and downtrodden and is a great step reflecting the economic development of the country. He said today's generation has the capability and the potential to eradicate social evils.
Ambedkar International Centre is a fusion of Buddhist and present-day architecture.
The prime minister also unveiled the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar in the lawns and another statue of Dr Ambedkar in the atrium of the Centre in Janpath.
The Prime Minister asserted that his call of "New India", is the India which Dr. Ambedkar envisioned, where everyone has equal opportunity and rights, free from caste oppression, and progressing through the strength of technology.