The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister paid homage to B.R. Ambedkar on his death anniversary, at the Prarliament premises. Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge, and many parliamentarians attended the event. On 62nd death anniversary of BR Ambedkar, also called Ambedkar Nirwan Diwas, leaders paid tributes to "Baba Saheb". Ambedkar, who worked on social discrimination against untouchables and also supported the rights of women and labourers, is revered as a Dalit icon in India. He was the force behind the Dalit Buddhist Movement in India. "I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved," Dr Ambedkar had said, as quoted in The Ultimate Book of Quotations. In 1990, Ambedkar was posthumously conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. He died on December 6, 1956. The day is observed as Mahaparinirvan Diwas. Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah also paid rich tributes to BR Ambedkar on Mahaparinirvan Diwas. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, paid tribute to Dr Babasaheb B R Ambedkar on his death anniversary and hailed his contribution in framing the country's Constitution.