B.R Ambedkar

He is renowned for his extensive contributions as a jurist, economist, politician, writer, and social reformer. Here are some lesser-known facts.

Discrimination

Being a dalit, Ambedkar and his family faced socio-economic discrimination. In school, he and other Dalit children were segregated and neglected.

Last Child

He was the 14th and last child of Ramji Maloji Sakpal, an army officer, and Bhimabai Sakpal, daughter of Laxman Murbadkar.

Surname changed

Only Ambedkar, among his siblings, passed his examinations and graduated high school.  His teacher, fond of him, changed his surname from 'Ambavadekar' to 'Ambedkar'

First Indian

Ambedkar moved to the US on a scholarship from the Gaekwar of Baroda. He was the first Indian to pursue a doctorate in economics from a foreign university.

Academics Achievements

He earned his D.Sc. in Economics in 1923 and was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn.

Reservation for dalit

Ambedkar advocated for Dalit rights in the 1919 Southborough Committee, seeking separate electorates and reservations.

His Quotes

He is also known for some of his quotes, which are quite famous to date. Here are some of his quotes:

1. "Life should be great rather than long." 2. "If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it."

3. "Be Educated, Be Organised and Be Agitated." 4. "I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved."

5. "Equality may be a fiction, but one must accept it as a governing principle." 6. "Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence."