Lakhs of adherents of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution and pioneer of the Dalit people group, landed at Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai’s focal zone of Dadar on Wednesday morning on the event of his 61st demise commemoration.
Rain was no hindrance for his adherents who have been touching base in the city since Tuesday to pay tribute to their pioneer. “He gave us the right to live as human beings. For us, this is a pilgrimage we undertake annually, and nothing can stop us,” said Rahul More, who has gone to the city from the insides of Osmanabad, an area in Marathwada, Maharashtra.
Raju Kamble, who originated from Pune, said this was the first run through in 32 years that he had seen such overwhelming downpours in Mumbai. “We never saw it raining here in December, and this was unprecedented. But we had to come anyway,” he said.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made arrangements for the yearly occasion by organizing impermanent convenience at 70 schools around Chaityabhoomi, and offering free transport and therapeutic offices to individuals from the Dalit people group from over the state who visit the city.
Every single political gathering, as well, will make their essence felt in Dadar, by holding mobilizes, conveying sustenance, masterminding diversion, for example, society melodies, and giving out writing on Ambedkar. For legislators, the event is a magnificent chance to charm the Dalit masses who constitute a tremendous vote bank. On Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and focal pastor Ramdas Athawale will address a rally at Shivaji Park.
On Mahaparinirvan Diwas, or the death commemoration of Dr Ambedkar, lakhs of his adherents visit Chaityabhoomi, where he was incinerated 61 years back. Dalits venerate Ambedkar and credit him for their upliftment, subsequent to having languished rank based separation over hundreds of years.