1. India observes December 6 as Mahaparinirvan Divas every year to mark the death anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who fought for economic and social empowerment of Dalits in the country.
  2. He was born on April 14, 1891, was an eminent jurist, social reformer and the minister of law and justice in the first cabinet of independent India.
  3. He was the first lawyer belonging to a backward caste and Rajgirh, his personal library was the world’s largest library with over 50 thousand books.
  4. He was the flag bearer of India’s Dalit Activism and was the only satyagrahi worldwide, who did Satyagraha for drinking water.
  5. He had also started fortnightly and weekly papers named ‘Excluded India’, ‘Mook Nayak’, ‘Janta’ to raise voice against the atrocities on Dalits.
  6. Around the world all Budhha paintings and statues have Buddha’s eyes closed, Ambedkar was the first person to make a painting of him with open eyes.
  7. He was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution’s 20-page autobiography, Waiting for a Visa, is used as a textbook at Columbia University.
  8. The Union government has decided to celebrate Mahaparinirvan Divas as part of the major commemoration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 

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