First published April 14, 2022 at 10:05 a.m. IST
Ambedkar was an Indian lawyer, social reformer and economist who was the main author of the Indian Constitution. He is also considered the “father of the Indian constitution”. Here are some lesser known facts about him.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, often known as Babasaheb Ambedkar or BR Ambedkar, was born on April 14, 1891 in the city of Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. He was an Indian lawyer, social reformer and economist who was the main author of the Indian Constitution. He is also considered the “father of the Indian constitution”. After rejecting Hinduism and campaigning against social inequality, Ambedkar graduated from Elphinstone College, University of Bombay and inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement.
Here are some lesser known facts:
– Dr. BR Ambedkar was the 14th and last child of his parents.
– His real last name was Ambawadekar, but his teacher, Mahadev Ambedkar, nicknamed him “Ambedkar” in school records.
– He was an expert in 64 disciplines and spoke nine languages. Other than that, he spent about 21 years studying all the religions of the world in comparative detail.
– From 1947 to 1951, he was Minister of Law and Justice in the first cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru.
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– Although Pingali Venkayya created the national flag, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is credited with including the “Ashok Chakra” in the Indian tricolor.
– Throughout his life, Ambedkar struggled to rid society of inequality, degradation and hardship.
– Few people realize that his 20-page autobiography, Waiting for a Visa, is used as a textbook at Columbia University.
– He is the only Indian whose statue now stands opposite Karl Marx in the London Museum.