On Savita Ambedkar’s birthday, learn more about the life of the woman behind ‘Father of India’s Constitution’, Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Savita Bhimrao Ambedkar, also known as ‘Mai’ or ‘Maisaheb’, referred to as ‘Mother’ in the Marathi language, was born in Maharashtra. She was a physician and the second wife of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, one of India’s most powerful social reformers and father of the Indian Constitution.
Savita was a close witness to his contribution to the drafting of the Constitution. She was also present during his enthronement into Buddhism at Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur. She was also an Indian social activist.
Savita Ambedkar was born on January 27, 1909. This year is her 113th birthday. Savita died on 29 May 2003 at JJ Hospital in Mumbai after a long illness. She was 94 at the time of her death.
Facts from the Life of Savita Ambedkar
- Savita Ambedkar completed her early education in Pune and obtained her MMBS degree from Grant Medical College, Mumbai in 1937.
- Her maiden name was Sharda Kabir, which she later changed. Her father was a clerk of the Indian Medical Council.
- After briefly working as a chief medical officer at a hospital in Gujarat, she came to Mumbai where she met Ambedkar, who was suffering from diabetes and hypertension at the time.
- The two exchanged around 40-50 letters for a year after that.
- The two were married on April 15, 1948 in New Delhi, 13 years after the death of Ambedkar’s first wife, Ramabai.
- She also wrote a memorable and autobiographical Marathi book titled “Dr Amberdkaranchya Sahwasat”. Several books have also been written on Savita Ambedkar.
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