Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar is remembered as the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. He is credited with driving our country towards a successful democracy and pioneering Dalit activism in India. Babasaheb, as he was fondly called, gave a voice to thousands of oppressed and devoted his life to lift them up.
Here are some lesser-known facts about Dr BR Ambedkar every True Indian must know:
1. Born as Bhim Rao Ambedkar on 14 April 1891 in the town and military cantonment of Mhow, he was the 14th and the last child of his parents.
2. Dr Ambedkar, who was born in the Mahar caste, was an active revolutionary against inhuman caste practices against Dalits and inequality among men and women. He converted to Buddhism in 1956. Mahant Veer Chandramani, the monk who introduced Dr Ambedkar to Buddhism, called him “the modern Buddha of this age”.
3. Babasaheb was not regarded as an intellectual without a reason. He was a master in 64 subjects, had knowledge of 9 languages and studied all the religions comparatively for around 21 years.
4. Shockingly, Dr Ambedkar completed 8 years of studies in just 2 years and 3 months at London School of Economics. He was the first and only person to receive a doctorate degree named “Doctor All Science” from the London School of Economics.
5. The Birth Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar is celebrated all over the world. He is also among the few people who have the highest number of statues across all nations.
6. The highest number of songs and books written on leaders worldwide is that of Dr Ambedkar.
7. The credit of giving a place to “Ashok Chakra” on the Indian National Flag goes to Dr BR Ambedkar.
8. Babasaheb died on December 6, 1956, in New Delhi, where he was accorded a Buddhist cremation. Later, in the year 1990, he was posthumously conferred with India’s highest civilian award- the Bharat Ratna.