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Dr. Ambedkar's Dhamma - Revolution

Twists and turns of Indian history came to a significant pass when India achieved her freedom but her crowning glory came in the form of her constitution, a legal document which guaranteed equality before law, in spite of creed or caste or religion of a person. This was, in fact, a dream of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose mission was directed to this end, the fulfillment of which is, of course, is the constitution of India which he drafted and saw pass through.

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Ambedkar, The Nation-builder

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar  was born in  very lowest caste of Hindu society who are known as the dalits or untouchables. In 1908, Ambedkar passed the Matriculation exam from Bombay University. After graduating from Elfinstone College, Bombay in 1912, he joined Columbia University where he was awarded Ph.D for a thesis which he published in book form as “The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India”.

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Architect of India's constitution

al048Upon India's independence on August 15, 1947, the new Congress-led government invited Ambedkar to serve as the nation's first law minister, which he accepted. On August 29, Ambedkar was appointed chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, charged by the Assembly to write free India's new Constitution. Ambedkar won great praise from his colleagues and contemporary observers for his drafting work.


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Political career of Dr B.R.Ambedkar

In 1935, Ambedkar was appointed principal of the Government Law College, a position he held for two years. Settling in Mumbai, Ambedkar oversaw the construction of a large house, and stocked his personal library with more than 50,000 books. His wife Ramabai died after a long illness in the same year. It had been her long-standing wish to go on a pilgrimage to Pandharpur, but Ambedkar had refused to let her go, telling her that he would create a new Pandharpur for her instead of Hinduism's Pandharpur which treated them as untouchables.

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Criticism and legacy

Ambedkar's legacy as a socio-political reformer, had a deep effect on modern India. In post-Independence India his socio-political thought has acquired respect across the political spectrum. His initiatives have influenced various spheres of life and transformed the way India today looks at socio-economic policies, education and affirmative action through socio-economic and legal incentives.

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Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Biography

Born: April 14, 1891
Died: December 6, 1956

Qualification: M.A., PH.D., LL.D., D. LITT., D. SC., BARRISTER-AT-LAW

Achievements: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was elected as the chairman of the drafting committee that was constituted by the Constituent Assembly to draft a constitution for the independent India; he was the first Law Minister of India; conferred Bharat Ratna in 1990.

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The Black Untouchables Of India: The World's Most Oppressed People

The Global African Community

Notes from a brother in India: The bigotry of Hindus with regard to skin colour

 

By Iniyan Elango, M.D.

 

Edited and Posted by Runoko Rashidi

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The greatest victims of Hinduism have been the Untouchables.  Indeed, probably the most substantial percentage of all the Black people of Asia can be identified among India's 160 million Untouchables.  These people are the long-suffering descendants of Aryan-Sudra unions and native Black populations who retreated into the hinterlands of India in their efforts to escape the advancing Aryan sphere of influence to which they ultimately succumbed.

India's Untouchables number more than the combined populations of England, France, Belgium and Spain. The existence of Untouchability has been justified within the context of Hindu religious thought as the ultimate and logical extensions of Karma and rebirth. Indus believe that persons are born Untouchables because of the accumulation of sins in previous lives.  Hindu texts describe these people as foul and loathsome, and any physical contact with them was regarded as polluting.

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