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Nation pays homage to Dr Ambedkar
New Delhi, APR 14 (Agencies)
Published on 15 Apr. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil led the nation in paying homage to Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 119th Birth Anniversary here today. The President offered floral tributes at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex this morning.
The Vice President, M. Hamid Ansari and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar. Among other leaders who paid floral homage to Baba Saheb included the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik, the Minister of Labour & Employment Mallikarjun Kharge, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal and the Minister of State, Social Justice & Empowerment D. Napolean amongst others.
The UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Oppostion in the Lok Sabha, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the Chief Minister of Delhi Shrimati Sheila Dixit also paid floral tributes to Dr. Ambedkar. Thousands of people visited the Parliament House Complex since morning to pay tributes to the messiah of the marginalised and downtrodden sections of society amidst chanting of slogans ‘Baba Saheb Amar Rahe’, ‘Jai Bheem’ and ‘Jai Bharat’. The function began with a prayer by Buddhist monks. The artists of the Song and Dram Division presented inspiring songs.
The function was organised by the Ambedkar Foundation, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowermnet. Several functions are being organised in different parts of the country to mark the occasion. Dr Ambedkar spent his life fighting untouchability and the Indian caste system.
He is also credited for having sparked off the Dalit Buddhist movement and was honoured with the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to Indian society.
Overcoming numerous social and financial obstacles, Ambedkar became one of the first ‘untouchables’ to obtain a college education in India. He went on to pursue higher studies in the United States and England, where he earned law degrees and multiple doctorates for his study and research in law, economics and political science.
Returning home as a famous scholar, Ambedkar practiced law for a few years before he began publishing journals that advocated political rights and social freedom for India’s untouchables.

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