Delhi government offices will now have pictures of Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh: CM Kejriwal

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

“Today I am announcing that in every Delhi government office there will be pictures of BR Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh. From now on we will not put any picture of chief minister or politician,” Kejriwal said during of a broadcast on the fringes of a Republic. Daytime event where he also raised the national flag.

Speaking at the event, Kejriwal said he was truly inspired by Dr Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh. Recalling the struggles of Dr Ambedkar, he said that in times when there was no internet, Dr Ambedkar went on to study at Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

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

Kejriwal also said that Dr. Ambedkar’s dream is that every child in the country, whether from a poor or wealthy family, has access to quality education.

“Today, we are committed to fulfilling BR Ambedkar’s dreams of a quality education for every child. We have brought this revolution to the education sector for the past seven years. Melania Trump, wife of former US President Donald Trump, also visited public schools in Delhi… We have our certificate,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.

When the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) formed government in Delhi in 2015, Kejriwal said he first raised the education budget to 25% from just 5-10%, then fixed the infrastructure of all schools.

He also said that the Delhi government is trying hard to make children good citizens of the country and for this it has started “happiness classes” in which meditation and moral stories have been taken up.

Referring to the Delhi government’s ‘Business Blasters’ scheme, Kejriwal said, “We have started entrepreneurship classes. Children are now saying they don’t want to look for jobs but rather provide them. This change in mentality is a great development in itself.”

“We have also started ‘deshbhakti’ courses. In Delhi, we have set up an education board which has links with the international board of education ‘IB’. We are building a university for teachers 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 dreamed of a country where there is equality and without discrimination…they dreamed of a revolution. Today, the same revolution is also our dream,” he said.

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