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Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2023: Commemorating Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Death Anniversary – Key Details

Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind is not free though alive, is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence.” – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his death anniversary on Wednesday, saying he dedicated his life to the welfare of the exploited and impoverished.

“Pujya Baba Saheb, along with being the architect of the Indian Constitution, was an immortal champion of social harmony, who dedicated his life to the welfare of the exploited and the deprived,” PM Modi wrote on X. My profound obeisances to him on this day of Mahaparinirvana.”

On December 6th, Mahaparinirvan Diwas commemorates the death anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and a major figure in India’s social and political landscape. As the country pays tribute to this visionary leader, it is important to reflect on Dr. Ambedkar’s life and excellence.

What exactly is Parinirvana?

Parinirvana is a core idea in Buddhism that refers to achieving nirvana or freedom during one’s lifetime and even after death. In Sanskrit, Parinirvana refers to obtaining nirvana posthumously or the liberation of the soul from the body after death. In Pali, the phrase “Parinibbana” refers to the attainment of nirvana.

Ambedkar, who was born into a Dalit family, rose to prominence in Indian politics by advocating for the rights of the impoverished. Since his death in 1956, there has been a growing appreciation for his views.

Dr. Ambedkar was instrumental in defining the future of independent India. He led the Constituent Assembly’s Drafting Committee and was essential in the creation of the Indian Constitution, which went into force on January 26, 1950.

Throughout his life, Ambedkar championed the cause of social justice and worked tirelessly to eradicate caste-based discrimination. He was a strong advocate for the rights of the Dalits, the oppressed, and marginalized sections of society

Dr. Ambedkar devoted his life to uplifting the oppressed and empowering the Dalits. His efforts resulted in the incorporation of affirmative action principles into the Constitution in order to remedy historical injustices and promote equitable opportunity for everyone.

Famous Books

“Annihilation of Caste” – This is perhaps one of his most famous works, originally written as a speech but not delivered due to disagreements with the organizers.

“The Problem of the Rupee: Its Origin and Its Solution”- A detailed analysis of the currency and economic issues in British India.

“Thoughts on Linguistic States” – Discusses the linguistic reorganization of Indian states.

“The Buddha and His Dhamma” – A comprehensive work on the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha.

“The Untouchables: Who Were They and Why They Became Untouchables?” – Examines the historical and social factors leading to the untouchability status.

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