President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid floral tributes to Bhimrao Ambedkar on his 62nd death anniversary at a function in Parliament.
Being observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’, Kovind, Naidu and Modi offered flowers to the Dalit mascot’s portrait placed under his statue in Parliament House lawns.
“President Kovind paid floral tributes to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas at Parliament House lawns,” the office of the President of India tweeted.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared pictures from his 2015 visit to Chaitya Bhoomi, the Ambedkar memorial in Dadar, Mumbai.
In a tweet, he said: “I bow to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas. Felt extremely blessed when I prayed at Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai. Sharing some pictures from that visit.”
Modi shared a short video crediting Ambedkar for laying the foundations of an inclusive India.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who died on 6 December, 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.