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Wednesday, July 08, 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."


Buddha Purnima: Why Ambedkar converted to Buddhism

May 08, 2020 12:36 pm

Conversion to Buddhism is believed to have met with Ambedkar's complex requirements of reason, morality, and justice.

Even amid pandemic, caste atrocities continue. Representation is key

April 23, 2020 10:42 am

Social distancing was suggested as one of the precautionary steps to contain the virus. However, in a society like ours, where traditional social prejudices and hierarchies are deeply embedded, discriminatory practices can masquerade as social distancing.

Ambedkar saw J&K's special status as detrimental to national unity

April 15, 2020 9:55 am

Babasaheb was reluctant to accept Nehru’s advocacy for special status to J&K. Sardar Patel took the responsibility for unifying the nation and accordingly, he integrated 545 princely states to the Union of India.

Indians have always stepped up to a crisis, reaffirmed commitment to shared constitutional values

April 14, 2020 11:58 am

It would be a great achievement for the nation if the people of the country respond to the challenge posed by the coronavirus by exercising their collective will and performing their duties. Many initiatives of PM Modi and some state governments are being appreciated globally.

Observe Ambedkar Jayanti from home even if lockdown lifted: VBA president

April 06, 2020 8:27 pm

The president of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi has appealed to OBCs and Dalits to show restraint and observe the day, also known as Bhim Jayanti, by paying tribute to the architect of the Indian Constitution from their home.

No public celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti, mark it at home: RPI(A)

April 05, 2020 8:40 pm

"The floral garlanding of Babasaheb's statue is done by government officials in cities and at district-levels. But Dalit leaders should avoid coming near the statues. If the leaders come, followers will also gather there which will defeat the purpose of social distancing," Janrao said.

The Constitution has always inspired Indians to question power and demand their rights

January 26, 2020 8:32 am

Linking the Constitution to January 26 affirmed that this was not a constitution created through elite discussions but a product of mass political struggle, and that it was not a gift from benevolent rulers, but one that was seized by the masses.

International study centre better than tallest statue for Dalit icon: VBA chief Prakash Ambedkar

January 22, 2020 5:02 am

“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.

Reservation needs fresh approach to align with times, empower marginalised

December 17, 2019 10:51 am

The debate on reservation is highly polarised and, usually, brings out the worst in us. Arguments made by all the sides are logical and extremely passionate. It can be challenging to evolve a middle path that includes opposing perspectives.

Nagpur-Mumbai e-way should be named after Ambedkar: MLA Ganpat Gaikwad

December 11, 2019 8:32 am

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.”


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.