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Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2021: from history to the importance of facts, all about the anniversary of the death of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

December 6, 2021 marks the 66th anniversary of the death of Bhimrao Ranji Ambedkar, popularly known as Dr BR Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. Social reformer, economist, thinker, politician and chief justice minister of independent India, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar breathed his last in his sleep and is honored on this day, considered the Mahaparinirvan Diwas. He was considered “the father of the Indian constitution”. Anniversary of BR Ambedkar’s death: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Modi and other political leaders pay respects to Babasaheb Ambedkar.

BR Ambedkar was the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee for the constitution of independent India on August 29, 1947. He was also the Minister of Justice of India after independence. He had also launched bimonthly and weekly newspapers named “Excluded India”, “Mook Nayak”, “Janta” to raise voice against the atrocities committed against Dalits. His first wife was only 9 when they married.

Mahaparinirvan Diwas:

Babasaheb was considered a Buddhist guru due to his great influence in India in eradicating the social scourge of untouchability. Admirers and supporters of Ambedkar believe that he was as influential as Lord Buddha, which is why his death anniversary is celebrated as Mahaparinirvana Divas.

Parinirvana, considered one of the major principles as well as the objectives of Buddhism, is a Sanskrit term meaning liberation or freedom after death. According to the Buddhist text Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the death of Lord Buddha at the age of 80 is considered the original Mahaparinirvana. Due to Ambedkar’s status as a Buddhist leader, the anniversary of his death is called Mahaparinirvana Diwas.

President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar

On his 66th death anniversary, here are 10 interesting facts about Dr. BR Ambedkar that you probably didn’t know:

  1. Dr. Ambedkar was the first Indian to pursue a PhD in economics abroad.
  2. The idea of ​​dividing Madhya Pradesh and Bihar was first proposed by Ambedkar. States were formed in 1912.
  3. Three days before his death, he completed his manuscript – The Buddha and his Dhamma.
  4. In his later years, Ambedkar suffered from severe diabetes. On December 6, 1956, he died in his sleep at his residence in Delhi.
  5. He founded Bahishkrit Hitkarini Sabha (1923), dedicated to spreading education and culture among the oppressed.
  6. He was the first lawyer from a backward caste.
  7. He is to this day the only Indian whose statue has been erected alongside Karl Marx at the London Museum.
  8. Rajgirh, Babasaheb’s personal library was the largest library in the world with over 50,000 books.
  9. All over the world all Buddha paintings and statues have Buddha’s eyes closed, Ambedkar was the first person to make a painting of him with open eyes.
  10. Important works: Mooknayak Journal (1920); The Annihilation of Caste (1936); The Untouchables (1948); Buddha or Karl Marx (1956), The Buddha and his Dhamma (1956), etc.

(The story above first appeared on LatestLY on December 06, 2021 at 12:33 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and fashion of life, log on to our website latestly.com).