Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

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The Inspirational Story of "Dr. B.R. Ambedkar"

Can you guess the person who was denied an education but still fought his ways to become the law minister of India? It was Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution.

Birth: Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar was born on 14th April 1891 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. The place is now known as Ambedkar Nagar. He was the son of  Ramji Maloji Sakpal, who held the rank of a Subedar in the British Army. Back in those days, people were judged and treated based on their caste.

Childhood: Since Dr. Ambedkar came from a backward caste, he had to face a lot of discrimination in his life. He was even stopped from studying but one of the teachers in his school encouraged him to continue his studies and even gave him his surname.

 

Adult Life: He completed his higher education in 2-4 years and studied for 21 hours a day. He is the only person from India who received the title of Dr. of All Science from London University. Not only did he continue studying law once he came back to India but he also got associated with many social causes like women empowerment and caste upliftment. People used to call him “Baba Sahib” out of sheer respect. In 1936 he created his political party and started preparing for elections.

Trigger point in his life: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the first Indian to complete his Ph.D. in Economics from abroad. He knew 64 subjects and 9 languages. He was the first Indian law minister and was also responsible for forming the Constitution of free India. He received a Bharat Ratan Award in 1990 for all his hard work and achievements. Not only this, there are a lot of universities and colleges named after him. The Statue of Equality is a monument under-construction in Mumbai dedicated to Dr.  Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution.

His Efforts: Ambedkar’s proposed document guaranteed and protected a wide variety of civil rights for individual citizens, including freedom of religion, the removal of untouchability, and the prohibition of all types of discrimination. Ambedkar campaigned for significant economic and social rights for women and secured the Assembly’s support for a system of reservations for members of scheduled castes and tribes, as well as the Other Backward Class, in the civil service, schools, and institutions. With these policies, India’s legislators intended to eliminate socio-economic gaps and provide opportunities for India’s underprivileged.

Let’s celebrate the life and achievements of this great Indian personality. Stay tuned and listen to more episodes of our podcast “Famous Indian Personalities” where we keep bringing stories from the lives of the greatest personalities of India. And don’t forget to check out our other podcasts for kids on free Chimes Radio mobile apps – India’s largest kids podcast network. Available on Google and Apple App stores.

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