By OUR STAFF REPORTER
MUSSOORIE, 6 Dec: Rich tributes were paid today to the architect of the Constitution, BR Ambedkar, on his 64th death anniversary, which was observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’ here at a programme organised by the ‘Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy’, Mussoorie, at the Ambedkar Chowk near Library Bazaar. Members of various political and social organisations, as well as students paid floral tribute to the Dalit icon’s statue. Chief Guest and Municipal Chairman Anuj Gupta, former chairman Manmohan Singh Mall, former Chairman OP Uniyal, BJP, Mussoorie, Secretary, and Congress Mussoorie President Gaurav Aggarwal also paid tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar. A letter of demands was presented to Chairman Anuj Gupta by BDSA President Sunil Kumar seeking setting up of a museum based on the life of Dr Ambedkar, beautification and encroachment removal at Ambedkar Chowk, etc. Anuj Gupta assured the officials of BDSA that demands raised by them would be fulfilled soon. He added that Dr Ambedkar’s contributions to social justice and thoughts on economic issues were equally enlightening. Dr Ambedkar would always be remembered as an original and profound thinker. His views on inclusiveness and harmony continue to inspire. India had become a powerful country only due to the Constitution drafted by Dr Ambedkar. Baba Saheb asked people to get educated and fight for their rights. He warned that people needed to stay alert from those who were trying to change Dr Ambedkar’s constitutional structure. He urged people to help the poor and weaker sections. Manmohan Singh Mall, OP Uniyal, Gaurav Aggarwal said that Dr Ambedkar was like a god to people who belonged to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Ambedkar had faced a lot of humiliation, yet his patriotism was reflected in his work. Sunil Kumar, President, BDSA, focused on the achievements of Dr Ambedkar and the need for his ideology in the present day. He further said that Babasaheb Ambedkar, principal architect of the Indian Constitution, breathed his last on 6 December, 1956. He was born on 14 April, 1891 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. Among those present on the occasion were Jasbeer Kaur, Pratap Panwar, Darshan Rawat, Manisha Kharola, Sarita Devi, Sarita Panwar, Arvind Sonker, Sohan Bhatia, Anil Jatav, Ashok Kumar, Sapna Sharma, Abhilash, Mukesh Kumar, Sumit Bhandari, Students’ Union President Prince Panwar, Ashish Joshi, and many others.