Written by Nayantara Singh, a grade 8 student.
He’s known as the main architect of the Indian Constitution. Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was many things – from an economist, a leader of Dalits (then known as untouchables), a big supporter of human rights and women’s empowerment.
It was under his chairmanship India’s constitution was framed – it’s the world’s longest written constitution.
He was independent India’s first law minister – from 1947 to 1951.
Here’s a quick word about him
- He was born on April 14, 1891, in Mhow, India to a Dalit Mahar family. Mhow, now called Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, is a small town (cantonment) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
- His father was an officer in the Indian army.
- He raised his voice against cast discrimination and dreamed of India.
- as a country where all the citizens are treated equally under the law.
- He was a scholar in various subjects – like political science, economics, and law.
- He faced a lot of humiliation in school by higher-caste classmates.
- He became a leader of the Dalits and fought for equality his whole life.
April 14 is celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti to remember and honour Dr. Ambedkar’s contributions to India. It is also celebrated to remember his fight against caste discrimination and oppression.
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