Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar remains one of the most influential figures in Indian democracy. Born April 14, 1891, Dr. Ambedkar was a jurist, economist, politician and social reformer. Popularly known as Babasaheb, Ambedkar donned several hats and was instrumental in shaping the first draft constitution. Dr Ambedkar has fought relentlessly against social discrimination against the untouchables and the rise of lower castes. Ambedkar was conferred with Bharat Ratna, posthumously, in 1990. Dr. Ambedkar passed away in his sleep on December 6, 1956. However, he has greatly intrigued social reformers, academics and politicians with his work.
On the anniversary of the death of Dr BR Ambedkar, also known as Mahaparinirvan Diwas, we take a look at some of his most inspiring quotes:
1. Until you achieve social freedom, any legal freedom will be of no use to you.
2. Humans are mortal. Ideas too. An idea needs to be propagated as much as a plant needs to be watered. Otherwise, both will wither and die.
3. Political tyranny is nothing compared to social tyranny, and a reformer who challenges society is a braver man than a politician who challenges the government.
4. I love the religion which teaches freedom, equality and brotherhood.
5. I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress women have made.
6. Caste is not a physical object like a brick wall or barbed wire line that prevents Hindus from mixing and therefore must be brought down. Caste is a notion; it is a state of mind.
7. Life should be good rather than long.
8. Religion should be primarily a matter of principle. It cannot be a question of rules. As soon as it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills the responsibility which is the essence of the true religious act.
9. Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it reaches the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. The life of man is independent. He was not born only for the development of society, but for the development of himself.
10. Democracy is not just a form of government. It is above all an associated way of life, of shared experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards other men.
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