Today the nation is celebrating the 131st birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb BR Ambedkar, the Father of the Indian Constitution. Born on 14 April 1891 in a family of untouchables in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow, Ambedkar championed Dalit rights and provided them a respectable place in the society through the Indian constitution.
Life Of Ambedkar
Dr. BR Ambedkar belonged to the Mahar caste who are considered untouchables in Hinduism and subjected to socio-economic discrimination by the upper caste people. Ambedkar went to Elphinstone to complete his Master’s degree and went to Columbia for high studies on a Baroda State Scholarship. He also enrolled in the Bar course at Gray’s Inn and studied at the London School of Economics before coming to India.
In India, Ambedkar stood for Dalit rights and penned his sufferings as a Dalit in his autobiographical book “Waiting For A Visa”. On 29 August 1947, Ambedkar was appointed as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee for the constitution of independent India. And he used the opportunity to do justice for Dalits. Later he became the law minister of India.
On 14 October 1956, Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with 500,000 supporters in Nagpur. Earlier he was considering becoming a Sikh but changed his mind after meeting eminent Sikh leaders. Before his conversion, he wrote an extensive account of Buddhism in his book The Buddha and His Dhamma. He breathed his last on 6 December 1956 at his home in Delhi.
Here’re 10 Inspiring Quotes By Ambedkar
- Progress of a community is reflected in the progress its women have achieved
- The best religion teaches liberty, equality, and fraternity
- Life should be great rather than long
- If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it
- Cultivation of the mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence
- Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people
- Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle
- So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you
- Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered
- Religion and slavery are incompatible