Politicians, celebrities, commoners took to Twitter to pay tributes to the architect of Indian Constitution, BR Ambedkar on Mahaparinirvan Diwas. On his 61st death anniversary, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Chaityabhoomi near Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891, and died on December 6, 1956. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao also paid tributes as the Chaityabhoomi was flooded by Ambedkar’s followers who came from various parts of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to the late politician on Twitter. His supported shouted slogans ‘Jai Bheem’ and ‘Babasaheb amar rahe’ as floral tributes were paid. Twitterati also shared the works of Ambedkar and paid tributes to the economist.
The state Secretariat, Mantralaya and Vidhan Bhawan, the Legislature staff also offered tributes to the late leader. Mumbai’s public transport service, BEST ran special buses between Dadar and Shivaji Park for transporting people wanting to visit Chaityabhoomi. Ambedkar initiated the Dalit Buddhist Movement and also fought against social discrimination. He was also the law minister of Independent India and is known as founding the father of the Republic of India. He also supported the rights of women and labour and voiced his opinion against Dalits being considered as Untouchables.
Here is Twitter paying tributes to the leader:
In 1990, India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, was posthumously conferred upon Ambedkar.
Several movies and plays have been made based on the life of Ambedkar.
Born in a poor Marathi family, Ambedkar went on to complete his higher studies from the London School of Economics.
The social reformer original name was Ambavadekar which was changed to Ambedkar by his teacher.
The economist had refused to draft Article 370 of the Indian Constitution as he felt it was discriminatory and against the principles of unity and integrity. The Article gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Between 1935-36 Ambedkar had penned down a 20-page autobiography titled ‘Waiting for a Visa’ which is used by Columbia University as a textbook. He completed his manuscript – The Buddha and his Dhamma, three days before his death. Ambedkar suffered from severe diabetes during the later days of his life and died in his sleep at his Delhi residence.