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BR Ambedkar Death Anniversary: ​​Learn Lesser-Known Facts About India’s ‘Father of the Constitution’

New Delhi: Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was not only an economist or a jurist but also a politician and social reformer who fought for the growth and upliftment of untouchables and lower castes in Hindu society. He has a significant role in shaping the constitution of India, hence he is affectionately known as the father of Indian constitution. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 into a Mahar (Dalit) caste family, treated like untouchables and easily subject to socio-economic discrimination. He died on December 6, 1956, from health problems.

On the 65th anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar’s death, we take a look at 10 lesser-known facts about him:

1. He had completed his master’s degree in 64 subjects, knew 9 languages ​​and had studied around the world for 21 years. He was also the first Indian to pursue a Ph.D.

2. Ambedkar, who is known as a Buddhist, was born into a Hindu family belonging to the Mahar caste of Maharahtra, which at that time was considered a lower caste and people belonging to the same were called “untouchables”. It was in the year 1956 that he converted to Buddhism.

3. The chief architect of the 20-page autobiography of the Indian Constitution, Waiting for a Visa, is used as a textbook at Columbia University.

statue was erected alongside Karl Marx at the London Museum.

5. Rajgirh, Babasaheb’s personal library was the largest library in the world with over 50,000 books.

6. All over the world all Buddha paintings and statues have Buddha’s eyes closed, Ambedkar was the first person to make a painting of him with open eyes.

7. He was the first lawyer from a backward caste.

8. His original surname was Ambawadekar, which was changed to Ambedkar by his teacher at school.

9. Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

10. He was the only Satyagrahi in the world who made Satyagraha to drink water.