New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation in paying homage to Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 57th death anniversary on Thursday.

Mukherjee offered floral tributes at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex on Thursday morning.

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar.

A number of functions are being organised to mark the occasion also known as Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, a revolutionary and one of the founding fathers of independent India. He was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution.

Dr. Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.


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