B R Ambedkar Biography: The man who helped India get its constitution
Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, also known as Babasahed Ambedkar was a politician, social reformer and advocate. He is often referred as the father of the Indian Constitution for his contribution in forming the constitution. Babasaheb’s efforts of eradicating social evils like caste discrimination and untouchability are still appreciated. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1990, India’s highest civilian honour.
Babasaheb fought for the rights of socially backward classes such as Dalits and Women throughout his life. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 and died on 6th December 1956. His death anniversary is also celebrated as Mahaparinirvan Din. He was India’s first independent law and justice minister.
Here are some important things to know about Dr B R Ambedkar (Biography)
1. Ambedkar’s father, Ramji Maloji Sakpal was a Subedar in Indian Army. His family moved to Satara in 1894 after his retirement.
2. B R Ambedkar’s real name was Ambavadekar.
3. B R Ambedkar was behind the Dalit Buddhist Movement. He even converted to Buddhism to support the mass conversion of Dalits.
4. Ambedkar rejected the Aryan Invasion theory. According to which, the Shudras were considered as the lower caste in the caste system in India.
5. He established the central institution Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha to promote education for untouchables.
6. His death anniversary is celebrated in order to honour the work of Dr B R Ambedkar for India’s welfare and betterment of the people.
7. He also led Mahad Satyagraha in 1927 to establish a point that Dalits are as equal as any other Indian. Babasaheb led the Dalits to drink water from Chavadar lake in Mahad. He wanted to prove a point that Dalits can drink water from public water sources too.
8. Ambedkar thought about the Reserve Bank of India first. He was the one who presented thought of RBI to Hilton Young Commission. In his book, the Problem of the Rupee – Its Origin and Its Solution’, he talked about the importance of Indian currency’ and the problems related to it.
9. BR Ambedkar strongly condemned the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which earlier gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was given a special status. He didn’t draft that part because he believed that it is against the unity of the on.
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