The name of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar brings to our mind a social reformer and a mesiaha. He belonged to the front-ranking leaders of India like Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose who fought for the Independence of India.
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar had the distinction of getting higher education despite the many odds he had to face during the feudal Indian Society. But he faced all difficulties and rose to become a noted lawyer, a man of knowledge and wisdom. He was most pained at the caste-ridden Indian Society of Pre- independence period wherein it was extremely difficult for a man of low caste to get education.
Baba Saheb Ambedkar was popularly known among his friends and followers. He was born on 14 April 1891 at Mohan. After graduating from Bombay, he began to serve the state of Baroda under the then King of Baroda Shri Sivaji Rao Gaekwad. He did his job with a great sincerity and integrity. Later on, he went to U.S.A. for higher studies. All along, the king of Baroda supported him financially. He received a wide applause for his talent both in India and abroad.
His thesis on Ancient Indian Commerce won him Ph.D. from Columbia University. Then he went to London and studied Law and obtained the degree of Law. He taught law after coming back to India for a few years.
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar strived for the casteless society wherein all people enjoy equal opportunities of education, livelihood and social justice. He was against the Brahamini Lal order prevalent in society of his times.
He often voiced his anguish and concern against the caste discrimination among the high and low castes.
Being head of the constitution framing committee, he worked hard and gave us a model Constitution which is both rigid and flexible. The Constitution of India which he framed has served the largest democracy of the world to this day and it is hoped that it will stand us in good stead in the coming years.
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar believed in service rather than enjoying the fruit of service and sacrifice.
In spite of being offered the post of a Cabinet Minister in Independence India by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar chose to serve the people by being an ordinary citizen of the country. He died in 1956.
Of late, there is a re-awakening about the thinking, perception and ideology of Mr. Ambedkar. We hope that the tomorrow's India would realize his dreams by working for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the socially backward.