President Pranab Mukherjee, vice president Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders on Sunday remembered Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 60th death anniversary, which is being observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’.
Mukherjee, Ansari and Modi offered floral tribute at the Dalit mascot’s statue in Parliament House lawns.
“Remembering Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Punya Tithi,” Modi posted on Twitter along with a photograph showing him and the Ambedkar’s statue.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot among others were also present during the function.
Host of programmes are being organised in different parts of the country to remember Ambedkar.
Babasaheb Ambedkar, principal architect of the Indian Constitution, breathed his last on December 6, 1956. He was born on April 14, 1891 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.
PM releases commemorative coins
Narendra Modi released two commemorative coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10 denomination as part of the 125th birth anniversary year celebrations of BR Ambedkar.
Addressing a gathering at his residence, the Prime Minister said that there were only a few individuals who remain alive in public consciousness, even 60 years after their death.
He said the more one recalls Ambedkar’s thoughts, in the context of issues currently faced by India, “the more we come to respect his vision and his approach to inclusiveness”.
The Prime Minister said that while his contributions towards social justice have been recognised, his economic thoughts and vision are still not fully understood, and these need to be appreciated.