Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said that he saw Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar as a “form of god”, PTI reported. Rijiju was speaking at an event which had been organised by the Social Justice Department of Maharashtra on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, according to reports. Rijiju said, “When I think of Buddha, I also think of Dr Ambedkar and his great contribution to our country. “Dr Ambedkar became the voice of the oppressed classes in this country. Imagine how much hardship he must have faced while pursuing his career and education. I look at him as a form of God…. The way he gave the Constitution to India, it is important,” he added.
Rijiju also said that Baba Ambedkar had struggled very hard for his education. The Union Minister also referred to Babasaheb Ambedkar’s defeats in elections and said that it was unfortunate that there were some people during his time who had ensured the great man’s defeats. Speaking about the makers of the Indian constitution, Rijiju said that he wanted to remember and bow down before those who had helped Babasaheb Ambedkar in the drafting of the Indian constitution.
He said that Hindu mythology’s Lord Krishna’s wife Rukmini was from his native place of Arunachal Pradesh. But as a bordering state, the people of Arunachal Pradesh faced a lot of tension. However, the philosophy of Buddha helped them, he said. Earlier in the day, Rijiju had spoken about the International Court of Justice staying the Pakistani military court’s death sentence on Kulbhushan Jadhav and said that, it was a great achievement and victory for India.