Thursday, Dec 01, 2022

B R Ambedkar

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Baba Saheb was a politician, economist, jurist and social reformer in India. He is attributed to have given shape to the Dalit movement in the country. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra to a low caste family. Ambedkar completed his school education from Elphinstone High School in Bombay and then went on to acquire a doctorate in Economics from Columbia University, New York and then subsequently another degree from London School of Economics. Ambedkar was fiercely apposed to the idea of untouchability and propagated the need for education among the lower castes in order to uplift them. Ambedkar was at logger heads with Gandhi on the issue of caste uplift. While both agreed on the necessity of imporving conditions for lower castes, it is the precise process for achieving this that they both disagreed upon. After independence, Ambedkar served as the first law minister of India and also as the chairman of the constitution drafting committee. The influence of Ambedkar's economic, social and political contributions can be felt till date in the country's economic planning and social welfare programs. He converted to Buddhism immediately preceding his death. Three days before his death he had finished the manuscript of his last major work, "The Buddha and his Dhamma."


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The day has been celebrated as Constitution Day since 2015 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

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Behind Uddhav Thackeray's invite to Prakash Ambedkar for an alliance against BJP, the example of their grandfathers (Prabodhankar, Babasaheb) who together took on caste system, social reforms

From caste reservations to Kashmir, the many conflicts between Nehru and Ambedkar

November 15, 2022 4:48 pm

Nehru and Ambedkar did not differ much in terms of ideology, but had significantly contrasting views about their execution, particularly with regard to their ideas on caste reservations, codification of Hindu law, and foreign policy. Kashmir too was an issue on which these two founders of modern India differed drastically.

Ambedkar and his idea of the caste of land

October 30, 2022 5:03 pm

Dr B R Ambedkar’s perspective on agrarian problems are under-discussed in academic research or popular discourse. In fact, there is a tendency to diminish his large body of work on rural socio-economic transformation to his oft-quoted views on the regressive nature of the village.

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Political parties today are letting Ambedkar down

October 13, 2022 6:15 am

Political parties acknowledge Babasaheb in perfunctory ways on special days associated with him mostly because Dalits, who revere him, constitute an influential votebank. But neither BJP nor AAP has lived up to what it says on Ambedkar in the Rajendra Pal Gautam controversy.

With exit of Rajendra Pal Gautam, it is clear that for AAP, Gujarat elections matter more than respecting Ambedkar's legacy

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An unsolved riddle so far is why the BJP's attack on Gautam was not countered by the AAP as an insult to Dalits

What controversy over AAP's Rajendra Gautam attending Buddhism conversion ceremony says about the political use of Ambedkar

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Political parties which claim to revere Ambedkar support his views as per their convenience

A long way from Lagaan: How Tamil filmmaker Pa Ranjith's Natchathiram Nagargiradhu imagines a radical, universal Ambedkarism

October 24, 2022 8:56 am

Compassion, liberty and equality are the underlying themes in Natchathiram Nagargiradhu and the subaltern claim to emancipatory universals is at the heart of this movie.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working to realise the dreams of Babasaheb

September 17, 2022 10:29 am

Ram Nath Kovind writes: The influence of Ambedkar on Modi is clearly visible in all his actions, programmes and policies.


People pay tributes to Babasaheb on death anniversary

December 06, 2020 10:28 pm

Ambedkar, known as the chief architect of the Constitution, passed away in 1956. His death anniversary is observed as 'Mahaparinirvan din'.

Remembering Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary

April 14, 2016 1:40 pm

Dr B R Ambedkar's 125th's with anniversary is being commerated on April 14

Tamil New Year celebrated

April 14, 2014 5:44 pm

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the nation in paying homage to Babsaheb Ambedkar on his 122nd birth anniversary.