Do you know that Bhimrao Ram Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, once had world’s largest private library? Do you know that his surname was not Ambedkar but Ambawadekar? On his birth anniversary, let’s discuss a few features of Ambedkar which makes him different:
1. Babasaheb’s personal library “Rajgirh” accommodated over than 50,000 books and it was said to be the world’s largest private library.
2. His surname originally was Ambawadekar, but his teacher gave him the surname “Ambedkar” in school records. In School, he and other Dalit children faced discrimination based on their caste.
3. Before his death in 1956, Ambedkar converted to Buddhism, along with his about 200,000 fellow Dalits, at a ceremony in Nagpur.
4. Babasaheb Ambedkar studied at renowned universities in the US, Britain, and Germany. He obtained a degree in economics and political science from Bombay University and did his Masters at Columbia University in New York before training as a lawyer in London.
5. The man made a mark as a social reformer and the principal author of the Indian Constitution.
6. He was born into a Mahar family on April 14, 1891, in Mhow (MP) and later inspired the Dalit movement and campaigned against social discrimination. He also served as the law minister of India (1947–51)