New Delhi, Apr 13: Paying tribute to Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on the eve of his birthday, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said he was an ardent advocate of resolving issues through democratic, peaceful, non-violent and harmonious means.
In a message the President said, 'On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, commemorating the birthday of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the Chief Architect of the Constitution of India, I extend my greetings and felicitations to all fellow citizens.'
Mr Kovind described Ambedkar as an outstanding leader of the freedom struggle and a staunch crusader for the rights of the downtrodden and traditionally disadvantaged sections of the society.
'A scholar, educationist, legal luminary, social reformer and political leader, Dr Ambedkar's philosophy and life are an inspirational profile of courage and conviction,' he said, adding that he envisioned a society, where the weaker sections and women got equal rights and respect.
'On this day, let us take a pledge to learn from Dr Ambedkar's life and thoughts, and follow his teachings,' he said. (UNI)