National

61 Years Ago, Nation Lost Father Of Indian Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar

AASTHA SINGAL | 0
3675
| December 6 , 2017 , 12:26 IST

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, an Indian economist, politician and social reformer whose contribution in the making of the constitution for world's largest democracy can never be forgotten. His unparallel benefaction for the upliftment of Dalits, women and labour helped in changing the face of Indian economy for better.

The Father of Indian Constitution breathed his last on December 6, 1956, while sleeping at his Delhi residence. To mark the death anniversary of the great leader, the day is observed as Mahaparinirvan Din. Born to Subhedar major Ramji Maloji Sakpal and Bhimabai Murbadkar Sakpal, Ambedkar was the 14th child of his parents.

Being the first Dalit to pass matriculation provoked him to lead campaigns against social discrimination and uplift the backward classes. The Architect of the Indian constitution, BR Ambedkar's 20-page autobiography titled ‘Waiting for a Visa’ is used by Columbia University as a textbook.

ALSO READ: BR Ambedkar’s Economic Vision Was Unique: PM Narendra Modi

To pay tribute to the leader on his 61st death anniversary, thousands of his admirers along with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis gathered at his memorial Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai. Despite the rain-soaked ground, the followers didn't hesitate in expressing their administration for the honourable man.

Chants of 'Jai Bheem' and 'Babasaheb Amar Rahe' were heard during the tribute. While the Maharashtra crowd and Police officials were preparing for paying tribute to Ambedkar, Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government cancelled the public holiday on the occasion which didn't sit well with many.

Ever since taking charge in March this year, CM Yogi cancelled over 15 public holidays which were declared by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) during their previous governments marking the birth and death anniversary of eminent personalities. He justified the act stating that the academic sessions were shrunk due to increased holidays.