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PM Modi Pays Heartfelt Tributes to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on Mahaparinirvan Diwas

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As the nation observes Mahaparinirvan Diwas, a day dedicated to remembering the passing of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends his tributes to the iconic figure who left an indelible mark on the socio-political landscape of India. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, born on April 14, 1891, and bidding farewell on December 6, 1956, was more than just a scholar; he was a beacon of social justice and a driving force behind the drafting of the Constitution of India.

“Babasaheb Ambedkar’s journey commenced with academic excellence, graduating from Elphinstone College, University of Bombay. His pursuit of knowledge took him to prestigious institutions like Columbia University and the London School of Economics, where he earned doctorates in economics in 1927 and 1923, respectively. His achievements were significant, as he stood among the few Indian students to attain such distinctions in the 1920s. Further honing his skills, he received legal training at Gray’s Inn in London”.

In the early stages of his career, Ambedkar wore the hats of an economist, professor, and lawyer. However, his later life unfolded as a tapestry of political activism and advocacy for social reform. Notable milestones include his role in campaigning for the partition of India, publishing influential journals, and tirelessly working towards securing political rights and social freedoms for Dalits. His efforts also played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Indian state.

“In a poignant turn, 1956 saw Babasaheb Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism, a significant moment that marked mass conversions of Dalits. This spiritual shift underscored his commitment to fostering a more inclusive and egalitarian society”.

In recognition of his monumental contributions, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1990, India’s highest civilian honor. The legacy of Ambedkar is embraced by his followers, who reverently use the salutation “Jai Bhim” to honor his memory. Affectionately known as “Babasaheb,” meaning “Respected Father,” Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s influence continues to resonate, shaping the narrative of social justice and equality in India. On Mahaparinirvan Diwas, Prime Minister Modi’s tributes reflect the enduring impact of Ambedkar’s vision and the ongoing commitment to uphold the principles he championed.

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