Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, was first Law and Justice Minister of independent India. But, this description is not enough to describe the greatness of this man. He was not only a scholar, very well read and informed person, but also a social reformer and is known for his legendary work in the area of equal right movement for untouchables (known as Dalits). He was also a born Dalit, so he knew first hand what it meant to live as a Dalit person in Indian society. His education and sharp intelligence gave him a unique perspective towards the social and political environment of Indian society of that time. He used his experience and knowledge to fight for equal rights for all people who were struggling because of years of discriminatory traditions. He used each and every platform available to him to highlight the issue of
untouchability and even fought with leaders like Mahatma Gandhi for their political rights. Many books and articles which he wrote about religion or social condition of untouchables or about Indian constitution are very informative. Anyone interested in any of these subjects or interested in knowing more about Dr. Ambedkar should read his books and articles or listen to his speeches. Without reading his work it is not possible to understand the greatness of this scholar and political leader of India.
For me personally, Dr. Ambedkar was a great scholar and social reformer. He was expert in many fields like: economics, constitutional matters, religious studies, etc. I learned many things by reading his articles which are now available online. I hope people look at the great work of this person and study about him rather than garlanding his photos and erecting his statues. There is no doubt that symbols have their own place and importance in any society, but mere symbolism
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