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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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 greatness of B R Ambedkar cannot be measured with the height of a statue. It is a futile exercise undertaken by successive governments to serve their politics,” Prakash Ambedkar told The Indian Express.

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Gaikwad, a three-time BJP MLA, said, “This route will connect important places for Buddhists and followers of Ambedkar... It’s important for our ... brethren that we identify these places.”

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At Chaityabhoomi, lakhs pay tribute to Ambedkar on 63rd death anniversary

December 07, 2019 7:14 am

Lakhs of people had come to Mumbai on Friday to pay respects to Ambedkar on his death anniversary, observed as Mahaparinirwan Din.

House where Ambedkar lived for 22 years to become national memorial: Uddhav

December 07, 2019 12:11 pm

CM Thackeray paid a floral tribute to Ambedkar on his death anniversary at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar, the site where Amebadkar was cremated after his death in 1956.

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Chapters on B R Ambedkar to feature in Delhi schools

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The panel was formed after CM Arvind Kejriwal had urged Deputy CM Manish Sisodia to introduce lessons on Ambedkar in school curriculum in April, 2016. “Let them teach Savarkar, we will teach Ambedkar,” Kejriwal had said.

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January 05, 2019 7:39 pm

The development Saturday prompted the NCP to seek an apology from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while the Congress asked him to own "moral responsibility" for the "glaring mistakes".


Remembering Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary

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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.