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Nation pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas

Dec 6, 2016 17:17 IST

Ambedkar Mahaparinirvan Diwas Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, was in news on 6 December 2016. He came into news on his 60th death anniversary.

On the occasion, lakhs of people converged at Chaitya Bhoomi to pay homage to him. Chaitya Bhoomi is the place where Ambedkar was cremated after his death on 6 December 1956.

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Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) made adequate arrangements for pilgrims who come to visit Chaitya Bhoomi on Mahaparinirvan Diwas. Details of preparation at Chaitya Bhoomi by MCGM

  • It set up 10 control rooms to guide visitors.
  • About 11 ambulances were placed at service at various locations around Shivaji Park and Chaityabhoomi.
  • Around 750 workers have been put on duty round the clock at the venue and Dadar Chowpatty beach, which has the book stalls.
  • About 200 mobile toilets, water tankers, utility vehicles and fire engines were set up to aid the visitors

Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

  • Born on 14 April 1891 at Mahu in Madhya Pradesh, Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer
  • He inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour.
  • He was Independent India's first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.
  • He earned doctorates in economics from both Columbia University and the London School of Economics.
  • In his early career, he was an economist, professor, and lawyer.
  • Later, he turned up to be a political activist and involved himself in campaigning and negotiations for India's independence
  • In 1956 he converted to Buddhism, initiating mass conversions of Dalits.
  • He was posthumously conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award in 1990.
  • He died on 6 December 1956

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