Today Dr.B R Ambedkar Jayanti

\"\"By Dr.Pradeep Jain

\”Educate!, Organize!, Agitate”

BhimraoRamji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasahebwas an important Indian political leader. Born in a poor Mahar family, which was also an Untouchable caste in the early 1900’s, he brought himself up to a position of being an important part of the Indian constitution. He was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution. Ambedkar campaigned against social discrimination, the categorization of Hindu society and the Hindu caste system. He was a rigid Buddhist and is known to have transformed hundreds and thousands of untouchables into Theravada Buddhism.In spite of all the financial and social obstacles, Ambedkar obtained very high education – eventually earning law degrees and multiple doctorates for his study and research in law, economics and political science from Columbia Universityand the London School of Economics.

He was appointed to the Bombay Presidency Committee to work with the all-European Simon Commission in 1925. Attaining immense popular success, Ambedkar\’s work strongly criticized Hindu orthodox religious leaders and the caste system in general. Ambedkar served on the Defence Advisory Committee and the Viceroy\’s Executive Council as minister for labour.He was posthumously awarded India\’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 1990.On the anniversary of his birth (14 April) and death (6 December), people gather to pay homage to him at his memorial in Mumbai. Thousands of bookshops are set up, and books are sold. His message to his followers was \”Educate!, Organize!, Agitate!.\”

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