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BR Ambedkar

Bhirao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, was the chairman of Constitution Drafting Committee and a champion of Dalit and minority rights movement in India. Ambedkar, who was an economist and social reformer, also served as the first Law Minister of Independent India. Born into a poor Mahar caste in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, he was the first untouchable to have entered Elphinstone College which was affiliated with University of Bombay. After obtaining a degree in economics and political science, Ambedkar moved to United States in 2013 to study at Columbia University in New York City. He earned doctorates in economics from Columbia University and London School of Economics. Throughout his political career and public life, Ambedkar worked for upliftment of Dalit (untouchable) community. He published the book Annihilation of Caste in 1936 which spoke against caste system and Hindu orthodox religious leaders. He also formed the Independent Labour Party in the same year and contested Bombay election to Central Legislative Assembly in 1937. He opposed the special status being granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and supported Uniform Civil Code. In 1956, he converted to Buddhism along with 500,000 Dalit followers. He was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, India\'s highest civilian honour in 1990.


On Ambedkar’s death anniversary, his legacy can help counter Hindutva forces

December 06, 2019 1:40 pm

Ambedkar’s increasing relevance in India gives hope to everyone who dreams of a society free of hierarchies, a society based on equality and dignity. His legacy and relevance is also an undying challenge to the reactionary and divisive forces that seek to perpetrate hierarchy and humiliation.

B R Ambedkar was instrumental in shaping legal rights of women in India

December 06, 2019 1:47 pm

Ambedkar wanted women to have higher participation in all walks of life, especially, in the political arena. Even as a legislator under the colonial regime, Ambedkar was one of the first activists to root for the rights of working women.

A publishing house that is translating Dalit writers' works into English

November 03, 2019 7:43 am

Translating is a specialised job, but Maitreya isn’t limited by the idea of setting high standards in translation. He rejects it as ‘extremely casteist’

Babasaheb’s warning: In politics, hero-worship is a path to degradation and eventual dictatorship

October 15, 2019 9:55 am

Ambedkar emphasised that this caution is far more necessary in the case of India. For in India, bhakti, or what may be called the path of devotion or hero-worship, plays a part in politics, unequalled in magnitude by the part it plays in the politics of any other country.

28 arrested after Ambedkar statue vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vedaranyam town

August 26, 2019 4:10 pm

Following the clash, bus services from Vedaranyam to Thiruthuraipoondi, Mannargudi, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pattukkotai, etc were stopped. Police said the town was returning to normalcy on Monday.

Gujarat: Ambedkar slogan in Class 5 textbook to be corrected

August 06, 2019 1:31 am

A decision was taken by the authorities after a meeting with Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Monday.

Ambedkar’s ideas of social justice still haunt country’s constitutional apparatus. How much have we achieved?

April 18, 2019 9:17 am

Ambedkar believed that unless the moral values of a constitution are upheld, the grandiloquent words in it will not protect the freedom and democratic values of the people.

Signposts for the Future

January 26, 2019 12:09 am

An effort at “unlocking” the essential Ambedkar, to open up a space to discuss the concerns he articulated and wrote about.

Ambedkar Memorial construction awaits CZMP nod from Centre

July 27, 2018 1:00 pm

With Maharashtra awaiting the Centre’s nod for Mumbai’s Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), the construction of the Dr BR Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mills in Dadar has also been slowed down.

Ambedkar’s warning

July 07, 2018 12:03 am

Emergency has been rightly decried in recent weeks. But Babasaheb’s advice to a young republic on dictatorship must be heeded in post-2014 India.


Bhimrao Ambedkar Death Anniversary: Inspirational Quotes, famous Thoughts of Babasaheb Ambedkar

December 06, 2019 9:00 am

Bhimrao Ambedkar Quotes: On the occasion of his 63rd death anniversary, we take a look at his most inspiring quotes.

Constitution Day 2019: Inspirational Quotes by Dr BR Ambedkar

November 26, 2019 11:22 am

Constitution Day 2019 Quotes: Also known as Samvidhan Divas, the day is commemorated to remember that the constitution of the country provides the fundamental rights and duties and to uphold them as a responsible citizen of the country. On India's 70th Constitution Day, here is a look at Ambedkar's powerful and thought-provoking quotes.

BR Ambedkar death anniversary: 10 of his most inspiring quotes

December 06, 2017 5:01 pm

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as BR Ambedkar donned several hats. He was a jurist, economist, a politician and a social reformer. He also worked immensely for the upliftment of the lower caste and played an instrumental role in drafting the constitution. On his death anniversary, we take a look at his most inspiring quotes.