Dr BR Ambedkar Death Anniversary: To commemorate Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’s death anniversary, India observes December 6 as Mahaparinirvan Divas. He was the architect of the Indian Constitution and was popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar. He was also one of seven members of the drafting committee that prepared a draught of independent India’s Constitution. Babasaheb was a well-known politician as well as a renowned jurist. Ambedkar’s efforts to eliminate social ills such as untouchability and caste restrictions were admirable.
Babasaheb, who was born on April 14, 1891, fought for the economic and social empowerment of Dalits in the country, as well as the abolition of untouchability and the promotion of gender equality. Ambedkar’s entire life and mission in India were a practical contribution to humanistic Buddhist education, not just intellectual and philosophical. Though he was not a Buddhist by birth, he was a Buddhist by practice and at heart.
A social reformer & jurist who was one of the driving forces of modern India. Dr B R #Ambedkar‘s life, ideals & his relentless fight against injustice will continue to inspire generations! Tributes to the great leader on his death anniversary.#MyGovMorningMusings pic.twitter.com/RgCB5D8Kgk
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On the occasion of BR Ambedkar’s (Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar) death anniversary, here are 6 lesser-known facts and inspiring quotes about the “Father of the Indian Constitution.”
- Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was the fourteenth child of his parents, Bhimabai Sakpal and Ramji, and was born on April 14, 1891 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow. Bhimrao’s surname was “Sakpal,” and his native village was “Ambavade.” To avoid socioeconomic discrimination and ill-treatment from society’s upper classes, he changed his surname from “Sakpal” to “Ambedkar” with the assistance of a Brahmin teacher.
- Dr. BR Ambedkar was a great scholar, lawyer, and freedom fighter who converted to Buddhism and changed the face of Buddhism in India, along with hundreds of thousands of Mahars, an untouchable caste. Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion was a symbolic protest against caste oppression.
- From his childhood, BR Ambedkar faced caste discrimination. Bhimrao’s father retired from the Indian Army and settled in Satara, Maharashtra. Bhimrao attended the local school. He was forced to sit on the floor in one corner of the classroom, and the teachers were not allowed to touch his notebooks. Despite his hardships, Bhimrao continued his studies and passed his Matriculation examination with flying colours from Bombay University in 1908.
- Dr. BR Ambedkar travelled from America to London to study economics and political science. The Maharaja also called numerous meetings and conferences for the “untouchables,” to which Bhimrao spoke. After saving enough money, Ambedkar returned to London in September 1920 to finish his studies. He went on to become a barrister and earn a Doctorate in Science.
- Ambedkar went to Kathmandu for the Fourth World Buddhist Conference. On December 2, 1956, he finished his final manuscript, “The Buddha or Karl Marx.” Dr. Ambedkar dedicated his life to spreading the Buddhist faith in India. He wrote a Buddhist book titled “Buddha and His Dhamma.” “Revolution and Counter-Revolution in India” is his other book.
Famous Quotes of Dr BR Ambedkar:
- “Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind is not free though alive, is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence.”
- “So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.”
- “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”
- “A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.”
- “I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.”