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Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar Honors Dr. BR Ambedkar on Mahaparinirvan Diwas

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Vice-President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar paid heartfelt floral tributes to the iconic figure, Dr. BR Ambedkar Ambedkar, on the occasion of his Mahaparinirvan Diwas at Parliament House today. The solemn ceremony marked the remembrance of Dr. Ambedkar’s passing on December 6, 1956, and his enduring legacy in shaping the socio-political landscape of India.

Dr. BR Ambedkar was a multifaceted luminary, leaving an indelible mark on Indian history. Born on April 14, 1891, he emerged as a key architect of the Indian Constitution. His leadership in heading the committee responsible for drafting the Constitution during the Constituent Assembly debates played a pivotal role in shaping the democratic foundations of independent India.

“Educationally distinguished, Ambedkar pursued studies in economics at prestigious institutions like Columbia University and the London School of Economics. His academic prowess was highlighted by the attainment of doctorates from both institutions in the 1920s, a rare accomplishment for an Indian student of that era. Additionally, he honed his legal acumen at Gray’s Inn, London, further enriching his intellectual arsenal”.

While his early career saw him excel as an economist, professor, and lawyer, Dr. Ambedkar’s later life was defined by his fervent political engagements. Actively participating in the campaign and negotiations for India’s partition, he became a formidable advocate for the political and social rights of Dalits. His unwavering commitment to freedom and justice earned him the position of the Law and Justice minister in the inaugural cabinet of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Dr. BR Ambedkar’s influence extended beyond legal and political realms. In 1956, he embraced Buddhism, initiating mass conversions among Dalits and spearheading the Dalit Buddhist movement. This transformative decision underscored his dedication to social reform and the pursuit of equality, transcending religious boundaries.

“Recognizing his monumental contributions, Dr. BR Ambedkar was posthumously conferred with the Bharat Ratna in 1990, India’s highest civilian award. Followers of his ideologies reverentially use the salutation “Jai Bhim” (Hail Bhim) in his honor, emphasizing the impact of his legacy”.

Popularly addressed as “Babasaheb,” meaning “Respected Father,” Dr. BR Ambedkar continues to be an inspirational figure for millions, symbolizing the tireless pursuit of justice, equality, and social upliftment. As Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar pays homage to Mahaparinirvan Diwas, it serves as a poignant reminder of Dr. Ambedkar’s enduring legacy and his role in shaping the democratic ethos of modern India.

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