Thousands pay tributes to B R Ambedkar on death anniversary
There was heavy rush of followers since morning on roads leading to the Chaityabhoomi, the place of the Dalit icon's cremation, in central Mumbai.
People had been gathering in the city since the last three days to pay their respects to Ambedkar on the 'Mahaparinirvan Diwas'.
Volunteers of the Samata Sainik Dal, an organisation founded by Ambedkar, were supervising crowd management
62nd Death Anniversary
"A control command centre was monitoring the movement of visitors," he said, adding that doctors, fire brigade and disaster management were also deputed.
The BMC would also distribute over one lakh booklets to visitors, giving details of the Mahaparinirvan Diwas.
Heavy rush of people
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also made elaborate arrangements to deal with heavy rush of people.
A senior BMC official said large pandals were set up at the Shivaji Park and civic personnel were instructed to arrange basic amenities like water tankers, mobile toilets, ambulances, temporary shelters for visitors.
The Secular Movement
More than 30 paintings of noted artists, including Pramodbabu Ramteke, Moggalani Shravasti, Prakash Bhise, Dilip Badhe, Farooque Nadaf and others, are on display.
"The theme of the painting exhibition is secularism. Only secularism can stop the communal paranoia that is rising in the society these days," said Gautamiputra Kamble, president of Secular Movement.
Nation pay homage
Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to the Dalit icon at a function in Parliament House Lawns.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, along with MPs and Ministers, also paid their homage to the Father of the Indian Constitution, who championed the causes of Dalits, women and labourers.
Political leaders sing the praises of Ambedkar
"Those who forget history do not make history," tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi paying his respects.
"Today, we honour a man whose legacy lives in the form of our Constitution. He fought for a just and equal society and left behind him an idea that we will always continue to uphold.
"B.R Ambedkar was the embodiment of respect, dignity and equality," the Congress tweeted.
In her message, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: "His contribution in framing India's Constitution will forever be remembered by the generations to come."
Ambedkar died on this day in 1956 and the day is observed as "Mahaparinirvan Diwas" every year.
Remembering 'Father of Constitution'
(In pic: People light candles on the eve of 'Mahaparinirvan Din', to commemorate the death anniversary of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, in Thane, Wednesday)