MISCELLANEOUS

dated December 7, 1956: B.R. Ambedkar dead



We regret to record the death in Delhi on December 6 of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who, as the Law Minister, piloted the Indian Constitution Bill. At 6 a.m. as the bearer went to Dr. Ambedkar's room, with his usual morning cup of tea, he found him dead. Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to the memory of Dr. Ambedkar. Only the previous day he had attended the Rajya Sabha session when he was in his usual mood and was seen talking and joking with his friends. In a tribute to the departed leader in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Nehru said Dr. Ambedkar would be remembered most "as the symbol of revolt against all the oppressing features of Hindu society." Immediately after question-hour, Mr. Nehru rose to convey the sad news to the House. He recalled that only two days ago Dr. Ambedkar had been present in the Rajya Sabha. The news of his death had come as a shock to all of them, who had no premonition of any such thing happening so soon. Dr. Ambedkar had played a very important part in the making of the Constitution of India and subsequently in the legislative part of the Constituent Assembly. He was one of the architects of the Constitution and "there is no doubt that no one took greater trouble and care over Constitution-making than Dr. Ambedkar." He would also be remembered for the great trouble he took over the question of Hindu law reform.