Delhi offices to have Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh portraits

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that every office of the Delhi government will have photographs of Dr BR Ambedkar and freedom fighter Bhagat Singh instead of politicians.

"Today, I announce that there will be photos of BR Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh at every office of the Delhi government. Now we won't put any Chief Minister or politician's photos," Kejriwal said at a program on the side-lines of a Republic Day event where he also hoisted the national flag. Speaking at the event, Kejriwal said that Dr Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh truly inspire him. Recalling the struggles of Dr Ambedkar, he said that at a time when there was no internet, Dr Ambedkar had pursued his education from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

"A lesson that we learn from his life is to dream big for the country," he said.

Kejriwal also said that Dr Ambedkar dreamed that every child of the country should get access to quality education, irrespective of whether they hail from a poor or a rich family.

He also said that the Delhi government was focusing on making children good citizens of the country. It had started 'Happiness Classes' in which meditation and moral stories have been taken up.

Kejriwal said, referring to the Delhi Government's 'Business Blasters' program, "We have started entrepreneurship classes. Children are now saying that they don't want to be seeking jobs but to provide them instead. This change in thought is a big development in itself."

"We have also started 'Desh bhakti' classes. In Delhi, we have started an education board that has a tie-up with the international education board 'IB'. We are building a teachers' university in Delhi," he added.

Kejriwal further noted that the paths of Bhagat Singh and Dr Ambedkar were different, but their dreams were the same. "Both of them had dreamt of the country where there is equality and no discrimination...they dreamt of a revolution. Today, the same revolution is our dream as well," he said.


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