Tributes paid to Ambedkar on death anniversary

December 06, 2014 11:31 am | Updated November 16, 2021 04:55 pm IST - Mumbai

Dr. Ambedkar's statue at the Parliament house in New Delhi, on his 59th death anniversary. Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Dr. Ambedkar's statue at the Parliament house in New Delhi, on his 59th death anniversary. Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his ‘Mahaparinirvana Diwas’.

“On his Mahaparinirvana Diwas, I bow to the venerable Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. His contribution to the Nation is eternal and invaluable,” the PMO quoted Mr. Modi as saying in a tweet.

“Dr. Ambedkar was a man ahead of his time. We remember his efforts to eradicate social evils and the importance he gave to education,” the tweet added.

Another PMO tweet said, “Babasaheb became a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden. His ideals and thoughts continue to guide us in our quest for an equal society.”

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who died Dec 6, 1956, was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women and labourers. He was independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.

In 1990, Ambedkar was posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India.

Special arrangements at Shivaji Park in Mumbai

Rich tributes were on Saturday paid to the architect of Constitution, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary, observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Din’ by thousands of followers from all over the State who converged at his memorial ‘Chaityabhoomi’ near Shivaji Park in Dadar.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and education minister Vinod Tawde were among the leaders who paid homage to Ambedkar at ‘Chaityabhoomi’.

At Mantralaya, the state secretariat, floral tributes were offered to the late leader. At Vidhan Bhawan, Legislature staff paid tributes to Dr. Ambedkar.

The city’s public transport wing, BEST undertaking, ran special buses between Dadar and Shivaji Park, an official said, adding that food stalls were also being put up to provide free snacks there.

The BMC has set up temporary sheds, mobile toilets and six medical stalls at Shivaji Park, Dadar Station, at Rajgriha (Ambedkar’s residence) and Kurla Terminus.

Arrangements were also made to provide drinking water at Shivaji Park, he said.

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