Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Dr. BR Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, social reformer, and political leader who played a significant role in the struggle for India’s independence and the drafting of its constitution. As a champion of the rights of the marginalized and oppressed sections of Indian society, Dr. Ambedkar’s teachings were grounded in the principles of equality, social justice, democracy, and education. His life’s work was dedicated to the eradication of the caste system, discrimination against women, and the promotion of equal opportunities for all. On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti 2023, we caught up with some leading writers of the nation to discuss some of Dr. BR Ambedkar’s most significant teachings and how they continue to shape Indian society today. Here are some powerful insights from four trailblazing Indians on what Dr. BR Ambedkar Taught us:
One of the most popular literary figures in India in the current times, Mayaa SH says, “Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is rightly considered the father of Indian democracy. Dr. Ambedkar strongly believed in individual freedom and criticized the caste society. He saw democracy as a way to bring about a peaceful revolution, thus opening up the possibility of non violent means of social, political and economic change. Dr. Ambedkar strategized democracy in India as it is also important to bring about social change.Dr Ambedkar believed that the reservation policy is a democratic means of creating an equal society through the participation of all sections of citizens. The ideology that defined his thought process was about complete reorganization and reconstruction of the society on the principle of equality.He championed the essence of liberty, equality and fraternity for all human beings.”
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Tech savvy MBA student and an extremely passionate writer, Twisha Ray lists down the learnings from the life and journey of Dr. Ambedkar for Indian society. “Here are some of the lessons we can learn from his life and work:
- Equality is non-negotiable
- Self-respect is essential .
- Human rights”
Twisha Ray is a multifaceted individual with a strong passion for learning, writing, and staying up-to-date with the latest developments in technology and society. She is a computer science engineer with a keen interest in exploring the potential of technology to solve complex problems and make people’s lives easier. Currently, she is pursuing an MBA in HR and business analytics to enhance her knowledge and skills in the field of business and management.
Apart from her academic pursuits, Twisha also has a deep love for writing and reading. She believes that writing is a powerful tool to express oneself and communicate ideas effectively. Her interest in reading is driven by her desire to learn and expand her knowledge base. She often delves into books on a wide range of topics, from philosophy and psychology to science and technology.
She believes that understanding society and its dynamics is essential for personal growth and development.
Twisha’s love for her grandparents is a testament to her kind and compassionate nature. She values their wisdom and experiences and takes every opportunity to learn from them. Her commitment to learning and updating herself is a testament to her dedication to personal growth and self-improvement.
Popular artist Vaishali Chhabra who recently went viral on Instagram due to her Reel featuring Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, says, “Dr. BR Ambedkar believed that social justice was the cornerstone of a fair and equitable society. He fought against discrimination and inequality, and worked tirelessly to promote social justice for all. He believed that the state had a responsibility to ensure that all citizens had access to basic necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare. His sense of responsibility is exactly what I learnt from him.”
Vaishali Chhabra is a rising Indian Multicolour Artist who lives in Noida with her parents. She has been awarded The Eagle Eye Network Award for her remarkable contribution to Indian Art. She has won many art competitions and loves art from the age of 9.
Shrikrut Kuraware, a rising star of Indian Literature, explains, “One of the true and real freedom fighter at the time of independence was sir Bhim Rao Ambedkar. First law minister of independent India . Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is one of the vital brick for building this great castle of an independent nation . He was born on 14th April 1891 which is remarked as “ Ambedkar Jayanti “ every year to pay tribute to this epic personality. He was a passionate patriot. Today entire country is moving ahead based and limited with the guidelines as per laws . Without laws and jurisdiction the system and discipline of the country would be like a ship without anchor . All these disciplinary are gift to nation by Sir Ambedkar.
Another vital quality to be grasped by him is to be calm and peaceful even in odds of life . He never gave up in the extremes too.
He tried his level best to eradicate casteism and similar prejudices from the nation . And gradually with his positive intents provided justice to entire community of Dalits . Finally proved to be a great leader. He had several challenges before him in this journey like – To abolish caste system and eradicate untouchability from the society. “Hard work pays off “. He became the first “ Law minister “ and chairman of constitutional drafting committee. He was a simple personality with a very bright vision . Worked selflessly for betterment of India . The youth is highly inspired with his sayings and his actions. In his quotes , once he quoted “Religion is for man not man for religion. Which means , religion is for making different collective positive actions and beliefs by different creeds in their own way . He believed in religion that teaches liberty , fraternity and equality . These three pillars needs to be balanced and strong enough not only to survive but to enrich and nourish democracy .
Amongst many of his arguments one of them was to provide “ Freedom of speech “ to everyone . Which gave every individual right to express its own views, thoughts and arguments before nation . It’s important to be granted the freedom of speech until and unless it doesn’t disturbs and affects internal harmony. Because few groups try to use this point and turn it out to be intolerant . Intolerance is one of the highly dangerous termite which is hollowing the harmony of nation internally . It’s a bitter truth which can’t be ignored and avoided . Freedom of speech must be used so that the ones with an unbiased opinions and reasons can be justified. And sir Ambedkar also majorly used positive speech for uplifting the ones who were actually in need of justice . Which is worth grasping from him . He never used it for politics nor for selfish gains. He was a true devotee of justice . That is the reason, why he is still worshiped in judiciary offices and courts . Even though he acquired knowledge and was very educated still he didn’t leaved his roots . And he will be remembered and respected till ages for his contributions for nation and humanity . Concluding the above context with some motivating words by sir Ambedkar -“ Life should be great rather than long “. Which means Life is not limited to personalisation self uplifting else life is for social improvement and moral upliftment . He will be remembered for decades and centuries for his irredeemable contribution for this nation.” Shrikrut Kuraware is an upcoming famous face in the literary world . He is 25 years old highly passionate motivational content writer, poet and an essayist from Dewas ( M.P.) India . Writing for last 7-8 years . In the mean time, he has written for a number of worldwide published magazines , books , anthologies, websites etc . Also won a number of awards , recognitions and certifications for his creations. His creations are a great source of motivation and delight to readers . Many of his readers have found a new path to live their life in a positive and ethical manner . He focuses on guiding with an optimistic path to his readers . Which makes a life colourful and worth living . Reading his poetries are also joyous for readers . May he keep inspiring and motivating readers worldwide