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Nov 5, 2014

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar chief architect of the Indian Constitution - 1946



Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White

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Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (Marathi: डॉ.भीमराव रामजी आंबेडकर [14 April 1891 — 6 December 1956), also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, Buddhist activist, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, revolutionary and a revivalist for Buddhism in India. He was also the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. Born into a poor Mahar, then Untouchable, family, Ambedkar spent his whole life fighting against social discrimination, the system of Chaturvarna — the categorization of Hindu society into four varnas — and the Hindu caste system. He is also credited with providing a spark for the conversion of hundreds of thousands of Dalits with his Ambedkar(ite) Buddhism. Ambedkar has been honoured with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. (More from Wikipedia)