Nation pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr. BR Ambedkar on his 63rd Mahaparinirvan Diwas on Thursday. The Father of the Indian Constitution Dr. Ambedkar was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women, and labourers. He died on this day in 1956 and the day is observed as Mahaparinirvan Diwas every year. A number of functions are being organised all over the country to mark the occasion.
President Ram Nath Kovind offered floral tribute at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other dignitaries also offered tribute to Dr. Ambedkar. In Mumbai, a two-day exhibition of paintings based on the theme of secularism was inaugurated at Chaitya Bhoomi yesterday. Thousands of followers of Dr. Ambedkar from various parts of the country visit Chaitya Bhoomi in central Mumbai on his death anniversary every year. (AIR NEWS)