Ambedkar Jayanti 2023: Inspiring quotes by Father of Indian Constitution, Dr Babasaheb BR Ambedkar

ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi
Apr 14, 2023 07:51 AM IST

Ambedkar Jayanti 2023: On 132nd birth anniversary of the Father of Indian Constitution, here are some inspiring quotes by Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Ambedkar Jayanti is an annual festival celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, who was an Indian jurist, economist, social reformer and politician and is best known as the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. Ambedkar Jayanti is observed on April 14 every year, which is his birth anniversary and on this day, people pay their respects to Dr BR Ambedkar by offering flowers, lighting candles and organising cultural events.

Ambedkar Jayanti 2023: Inspiring quotes by Father of Indian Constitution, Dr Babasaheb BR Ambedkar (Photo by Twitter/gupta_rekha)
Ambedkar Jayanti 2023: Inspiring quotes by Father of Indian Constitution, Dr Babasaheb BR Ambedkar (Photo by Twitter/gupta_rekha)

It is a public holiday in many Indian states and government offices, schools and colleges are closed on this day. The champion of Dalit rights and the principal architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow and each year, Babasaheb's (as he is fondly called by his followers to acknowledge his gratitude) birth anniversary is celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti to honour his countless contributions in the making of the present-day independent India.

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Ambedkar, who belonged to the Mahar caste which was considered untouchable in Hinduism, converted to Buddhism on October 14, 1956, in Nagpur along with 500,000 supporters, after studying the religion for years. He is not only known for his great influence in eradicating the social scourge of untouchability in India but also for having led a crusade for the upliftment and empowerment of Dalits in the country since he believed that Dalits can never get their rights within Hinduism.

Due to his Mahar caste since childhood, before converting to Buddhism, Dr BR Ambedkar witnessed economic and social discrimination and most of these painful experiences that honed Babasaheb’s life have been penned down by him in his autobiographical book ‘Waiting For A Visa’. It was on August 29, 1947, that he was appointed as the chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee for the constitution of independent India and after Independence, he was appointed as the law minister of India.

By writing the Indian Constitution, he not only broke the social conventions meant for Hindu Shudras to emulate caste supremacists, changed their mindsets and urged them to educate and fight for their rights and gave equal rights to all but also ended the monopoly of Hindu Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas - in education, military, trade, social standards - who deemed themselves as superior to Shudras or the untouchables. From publishing scores of journals and advocating for Dalits rights to making significant contributions toward the establishment of the state of India, drafting of the Indian Constitution, giving ideas that served as the foundation of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and playing a crucial role in promoting gender equality, Dr BR Ambedkar dedicated most of his life to empowering and voicing concerns for the downtrodden.

Ambedkar Jayanti is also known as Bhim Jayanti and is celebrated as a public holiday across India since 2015. On his 132nd birth anniversary this Friday, here are some inspiring quotes by him as we commemorate the memory of Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar to boost our motivation:

  1. “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”
  2. “I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality, and fraternity.”
  3. “Be educated, be organized, and be agitated.”
  4. “Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.”
  5. “A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.”
  6. “Freedom of mind is the real freedom.”
  7. “I am proud of my country, India, for having a constitution that enshrines principles of democracy, socialism, and secularism.”
  8. “Law and order are the medicine of the body politic, and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.”
  9. “Life should be great, rather than long.”
  10. "History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them."

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