"Mahatma Phule was a stalwart ahead of his time, who gave voice to the marginalised and sought to end their suffering. Tributes on his jayanti", Modi tweeted.
In another tweet, the prime minister said the country should work on Phule's ideas to create a 'harmonious' society.
"Inspired by Mahatma Phule's ideals, let us collectively work to create an equal and harmonious society where the role of education is pivotal," he tweeted. (IANS)