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Ambedkar Jayanti: Life and Times of Dalit Icon BR Ambedkar

As India celebrates the 126th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, here’s a look at the life and times of the Dalit icon

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Updated:April 14, 2017, 8:46 AM IST
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India celebrates the 126th birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar on Friday. Ambedkar has been regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his fierce battle against Indian caste system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on the occasion visit Deekshabhoomi, a sacred Buddhist monument where Ambedkar had converted to Buddhism on the occasion of Ashok Vijaya Dashami on October 14, 1956. A number of development projects will also be inaugurated in Nagpur on the occasion. The projects include an IIIT, an IIM, an AIIMS and the Koradi thermal power station.

The day will also see the launch of the new BHIM-Aadhaar digital payments platform. The initiative has been named after Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Here’s a look at the life and times of the Dalit icon:

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