Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2021: On the 65th anniversary of the death of BR Ambedkar, here are some interesting facts about the father of Indian Constitution.
Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2021: Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar or Baba Sahib as he was affectionately known among his followers and followers is a name that needs no introduction. Born on April 14, 1891, he was an eminent jurist, social reformer and minister of law and justice in the first cabinet of independent India.
Dr. Ambedkar was also the chairman of the drafting committee tasked with drafting a constitution for the governance of newly independent India.
A fervent social reformer who worked tirelessly to integrate the untouchables into mainstream society and elevate their status, he is also known as the father of the Indian Constitution.
Dr. Ambedkar died on December 6, 1956, in his sleep shortly after completing the final manuscript of Buddha and his Dhamma. For his outstanding work towards the country and his compatriots, India’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, was awarded to him posthumously in 1990.
Here are some interesting facts about Dr BR Ambedkar
1- Dr BR Ambedkar was a brilliant man. He had master’s degrees in about 64 subjects. The man knew 9 languages and had studied around the world for 21 years.
2- He was the first man in India to pursue a Ph.D.
3- While he was known as a Buddhist, few people know that Baba Sahib was born into a Hindu family belonging to the Mahar caste of Maharashtra. In 1956, he converted to Buddhism.
4- Few people know that his 20-page autobiography, Waiting for a Visa, is used as a textbook at Columbia University.
5- To date, he is the only Indian whose statue has been placed alongside Karl Marx in the London Museum.
6- Dr. BR Ambedkar was the first person to make a painting of Lord Buddha with open eyes. Before that, most idols had their eyes closed all over the world.
7- Ambedkar was the first lawyer belonging to a backward caste.
8- Ambedkar, whose original surname was Ambawadekar, was the only person who performed Satyagraha for drinking water.
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