6 lesser-known facts about Babasaheb Ambedkar that you must know now

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Most of us know that he was the architect of the Indian constitution. However, there are many other facts from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's life that you must know of and even tell them to your kids

The United Nations recently announced that it will celebrate Dr BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary on April 13, a day before his actual date of birth. The event would focus on Dr Ambedkar’s vision which was to create a nation on the firm grounds of democracy. The ceremony will take place at the UN headquarters in New York.

Frankly speaking, most of us just know him as the architect of the Indian constitution. However, there are many facts of Dr BR Ambedkar’s life, popularly known as Babasaheb, that you must know of and even tell them to your kids.

Ahead of Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14, here are some other facts that you must know about the father of the Indian constitution.

#1 Dr BR Ambedkar was born in Mhow

Not many people know that Dr BR Ambedkar was born in Mhow, a military cantonment near Indore. At the time of his birth his father, Ramji Ambedkar, was serving the Army and stationed at Mhow. There is also a memorial in his honour at the military town which is called as Bhim Janma Bhoomi.

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A view of the Bhim Janam Bhoomi memorial in the military town of MHOW, near Indore IN Madhya Pradesh. (Pic courtesy: India Today)

#2 Babasaheb’s last name was changed by his teacher

This is because of his Brahmin teacher, Mahadev Ambedkar, who was so fond of him that he simply changed his  last name to Ambedkar. His real surname though was Ambavadekar.

#3 He was not allowed to sit in the classroom

As he belonged to a family of “untouchables”, Babasaheb was not allowed to sit in the classroom with students from the higher castes. There were so many rules that had to be followed that he had to take permission even to have water. When he was thirsty, a person belonging to the higher caste would pour water in his vessel from a distance as he was not allowed to touch them. A peon was mostly assigned this task and if he was not present, the untouchable students would remain thirsty.

4. Babasaheb went America to complete his higher education

Despite facing social discrimination as a child, Babasaheb was awarded a meritorious scholarship and he went to the United States of America for higher education. He was also the Principal at the Government Law College in Mumbai for around two years.

5. The RBI functions on his guidelines

While he was definitely the man behind the Indian constitution, did you know that Dr BR Ambedkar was also the driving force behind the formation of guidelines for The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)? The RBI was conceptualized under the guidelines, working style and outlook presented by him in front of the Hilton Young Commission.

6. He converted to Buddhism in the last few months of his life

Two months before he died, Babasaheb converted into Buddhism along with some 3,65,000 of his followers in Nagpur in october 1956, probably because he didn’t quite agree with all the principles of Hinduism.

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