BHARAT RATNA – BABA SAHEB BHIM RAO AMBEDKAR
Early Life Struggles
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Baba Saheb or Dr. Ambedkar, was a great leader who fought for the social justice throughout his life. During the times of British Raj, the caste system was widespread some groups were treated as untouchables and inferior to others. Dr. Ambedkar took the first initiative to evade this from the Indian society.
Born on 14 April 1891 in Mhow in Central Provinces (now Madhya Pradesh), he was a great protagonist of social justice. He was 14th child of his parents. His father’s name was Ramji Maloji Sakpal and mother’s name was Bhimabai. His family was economically weak and socially backward. He had to suffer many problems and insults due to this. With all the pains and prolonged struggle, he attained a position in life where his voice reached the masses. He wrote many periodicals like Bahishkrit Bharat, Mook Nayak etc.
Fight Against Social Injustice
Since his childhood, he had faced insults and inequality due to his caste. Despite all the social hurdles and struggles, he remained focused and attained an excellent education. He completed graduation in economics and political sciences from Bombay University, post graduation from Columbia University in New York and did his Ph.D. in Economics from London. He wrote about castes in India and their mechanism and presented the paper in many seminars in London. His fight against the social injustice was always fueled by the struggles he had faced in his childhood. He Worked as a legal practitioner in Bombay Hogh Court. Took initiatives to defend ones suffering from such cruel discrimination and inequality. He vigorously started campaigning against social inequality and untouchability. One such example is Kalaram Temple Movement. Through Poona Act, he succeeded in reserving seats in provisional legislatures for depressed castes and groups.
The journey from an untouchable to Law Minister
His life is a classic example of how one can fight all the struggles, hurdles, social injustice and still become successful. Not only he came from an economically weak background but also faced injustice due to his backward caste but these were not enough to stop him from succeeding. With a dream to succeed accompanied by unshakeable will and determination, he followed the path to success. He took his struggle to fuel his hunger to study, to succeed so that he can help others suffering the similar fate of social injustice.After independence, he became the first Law Minister of independent India. Later on, he was appointed as the chairman of Constitution Drafting Committee and framed the constitution of India, which was named as the first and foremost social document. He gained respect due to his socio-political thoughts and lessons. He passed away on 6 December 1956.
His Life His Message
His life sends a message that no hurdle in life is enough to break strong will and determination. We all can think, work hard and succeed in our field of work. The life of Baba saheb( Dr. Ambedkar) will always keep on inspiring the youth of the nation in the times to come.