Country Pays Respect To Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar On His 62nd Mahaparinirvan Diwas

| December 6 , 2018 , 11:22 IST

India paid homage to Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 62nd death anniversary, on Thursday. Popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer.

He inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour.

Dr Ambedkar was also independent India's first law and justice minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India, and a founding father of the Republic of India.

He died on December 6 in 1956 and the day is observed as Mahaparinirvan Diwas every year. A number of functions are being organised all over the country to mark the occasion.

In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, was posted obituary upon Ambedkar. His legacy includes numerous memorials and depictions in popular culture.

President Ram Nath Kovind offered floral tribute at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP leader LK Advani, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other dignitaries also offered tribute to Dr Ambedkar.

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In Mumbai, a two-day exhibition of paintings based on the theme of secularism was inaugurated at Chaitya Bhoomi yesterday.

Thousands of followers of Dr Ambedkar from various parts of the country visit Chaitya Bhoomi in central Mumbai on his death anniversary every year.

Leaders took to their Twitter and acknowledged Dr Ambedkar contribution to the nation.