On 14th April, year after year, India celebrates the grand Ambedkar Jayanti with great pomp and grandeur. The Father of our Indian constitution, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (originally Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar), was a man of supreme knowledge and wisdom. His far-sighted vision to reform India into a nation of progressive freedom can be seen in the way he curated the documents and the contents of the Indian constitution, which is exemplary in itself.Â
He has been one of the handful of Indians of the yester era to have completed a multitude of degrees and added feathers to his educational hat. As a jurist, economist, professor, lawyer, academician, politician, anthropologist, writer, and Dalit leader, he has set an example of supreme direction and leadership to guide the masses towards a better future.
The draft of the Indian constitution is a classic example of the skills and experience built into creating this classic piece of document. As the chairman leading the committee to fabricate a document as crucial and precious as this needs a brain of laudable nature. The vision of the constitution when drafted was so far-sighted that it still holds merit even after 7 plus decades of its forming.Â
Babasaheb had considered renouncing Hinduism to adopt Sikhism in the late 1940s but after several talks with Sikh leaders, he was not very convinced with the idea of Sikhism as he felt he would not be given equal status there. That is when his religious views leaned towards Buddhism for which he travelled extensively to adopt the ideas, views, acceptability, and unity factors of this religion. His conversion to Buddhism led to over five million conversions and a humongous fan following of his lifeÂ path.inÂ Buddhism. He has also expressed his views on Buddhism in his book titled The Buddha and His Dhamma which was completed a few days before his demise and later published posthumously.Â
Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar has set an example of values, culture, leadership, kindness, charity, brevity, gratitude, and love fringed into one.Â Â
In 1990, the Bharath Ratna- the highest civilian award was posthumously conferred upon Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Though Ambedkar’s legacy has been criticized constantly for his one-sided views on the issue of caste at the expense of cooperation with the larger nationalist movement, there are still many including Noble Prize winner Dr. Amartya Sen and who firmly believed that his contribution to the field of Economics has been marvelous and will be remembered forever.Â
A great leader who had delivered several accolades and accomplished laurels to his country will remain etched in our hearts forever.