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.

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

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

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.

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Gujarat: Ambedkar slogan in Class 5 textbook to be corrected

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?

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

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

Caste in stone

Centre’s initiative on inter-caste marriages is welcome, revives a question: Why are they so few in number?

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Ambedkar Memorial construction awaits CZMP nod from Centre

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

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.

Karl Marx's echo in Ambedkar

As capitalism and its exploitation evolves, Karl Marx’s philosophy and intellectual tools continue to have abiding significance

A larger Dalit public sphere

Song, drama and literature play a role. Ambedkar, the symbolism around him, is at its centre.

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BR Ambedkar death anniversary: 10 of his most inspiring quotes

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.

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