New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid their respects to Dr. BR Ambedkar on the 67th anniversary of his passing, observed as "Mahaparinirvan Diwas." Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and other members of Parliament also commemorated the architect of the Constitution at his statue in the Parliament premises today.
In a social media post, the former Prime Minister expressed, "Pujya Baba Saheb, the visionary behind the Indian Constitution, remains an enduring advocate for social harmony, dedicating his life to the welfare of the oppressed. I offer my heartfelt homage to him on his Mahaparinirvana day."
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla honored Baba Saheb Ambedkar, stating, "Dr. BR Ambedkar dedicated his life to building an egalitarian society, advancing the nation, upholding human rights, and striving for social justice for all. On his death anniversary, I pay my sincere respects."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed, "On 'Mahaparinirvan Diwas,' I pay tribute to Babasaheb Ambedkar for his remarkable contributions to our nation. His ideals continue to inspire millions, and his role in shaping India's Constitution will be remembered by generations to come."
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, remembered Babasaheb, stating, "Today, on Mahaparinirvan Diwas, we honor Babasaheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. As the principal architect of our Constitution, Babasaheb tirelessly worked for an equitable and robust India."
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge paid homage to the architect of the Indian Constitution, affirming, "We are Indians, first and foremost" ~ Babasaheb Dr. B R Ambedkar. Babasaheb championed democratic principles of liberty, equality, fraternity, and justice throughout his life. On his Mahaparinirvan Diwas, we deeply respect his vision for social transformation and justice. Let us collectively pledge to safeguard his greatest contribution to the nation—the Constitution of India."
Born on April 14, 1891, Babasaheb Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician, and social reformer. He staunchly opposed social discrimination against Dalits and advocated for women's and workers' rights. He passed away on December 6, 1956.
A scholarly figure, Ambedkar earned economics doctorates from Columbia University and the University of London. He led a satyagraha in Mahad to fight for the untouchable community's right to access the town's main water tank. The Poona Pact, signed on September 25, 1932, between Ambedkar and Madan Mohan Malaviya, ensured the depressed class received 148 seats in the legislature, an increase from the earlier allocated 71.
As one of the seven members of the committee that drafted the Indian Constitution post-independence, Ambedkar's contributions were significant. In 1990, he was posthumously honored with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.