Babasaheb Ambedkar…A timeless social reformer and cultural icon

b-r-ambedkarYesterday was 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar lovingly called as Babasaheb , a great social reformer & humanitarian who was also scholar par excellence, an Economist, Juror and Principal architect of India’s constitution. He was highly talented and educated considering he, himself was from underprivileged background and went on to pursue his postgraduate degree in Columbia University in America and PhD from London School of Economics. 

He went on to write the famous paper  Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development 

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00ambedkar/txt_ambedkar_castes.html

He is one of the prime factors in Indian social equity movement which truly started under Swami Vivekananda. He fought for rights on grounds of social equity for all. Babasaheb was son of a Subedar in the Indian Army and faced impediments all his life due to his origin of birth which certain sections in society at that point of time in India considered inferior and labelled as Untouchable. He fought for the constitutional rights of underprivileged people based on their birth of origin and gender when India got its Independence.

I was born in Kshatriya community according to Hindu tradition but I am bit of everything i.e all castes. I am sum of all castes as an Indian…caste of humanism, intellectualism & knowledge, brotherhood & compassion.   

Hey Dude you are right…We all are…

Yes true…

There is only one universal principal in the world…We are all born equal in terms of fundamental rights regardless of caste, religion or color.

This has been the eternal saying of all great spiritual leaders and statesmen.

Today economics, intellectualism and meritocracy plays a fundamental role in life of people in cosmopolitan India while maybe casteism prevails in certain sections in society.
Politics based on casteism should not be encouraged as well and the best way to refine the present situation is to bring quality primary education for all the underprivileged sections of society. Mr Modi’s government has identified this and working on imparting the same while non government organisations are judiciously working towards this in their own way. Brookings India came out with a report wherein they have mentioned that India only invests 1% of GDP in education sector which should be increased to 2% of GDP for the betterment of society in India.

Babsaheb, an outlier considering his immense talent, succeeded wherein many failed in-spite of the disadvantages he faced all his life.

Babasaheb left an eternal legacy based on the strong foundation on social, gender equity and brotherhood. If India needs to progress ahead and truly become a great country which it once was, casteism is one thing it will have to eradicate. During the course of my life I found some outliers in their thinking, intellect and physical appearance who were from underprivileged class based on their origin of birth and not much needs to be discussed here.

Like I mentioned before alleviation in social inequity will come through economic progress, better quality education, reading history and change in mindset among other things. Change of mindset is the most difficult but then everyone of us will have to play our own part…but There Will Be Light…Lot of Hope rests with Teens in India…