B. R. Ambedkar
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“”History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.
|—Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, What Congress & Gandhi Have done to the Untouchables|
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891–1956), or simply Baba Saheb or Babasaheb, was an Indian economist, philosopher, social activist and politician. Ambedkar was a prolific scholar and he held two doctorates in economics — one each from Columbia University and London School of Economics.
Ambedkar was born into a Mahar (Dalit) caste, and for this reason was treated as an Untouchable. For this reason, Ambedkar faced segregation even in school classrooms from his upper-caste classmates and teachers. However, against all odds, he pursued higher education and obtained his doctoral degrees from Columbia University, USA and London School of Economics, UK. Following this, he returned to India but continued to face caste-based discrimination. Ambedkar built his rationalist thought and philosophy through careful and extensive reading. John Dewey, a professor at Columbia University and noted pragmatist, formed a big impression on Ambedkar during the period of his studies there. In London, Ambedkar found another significant influence in Bertrand Russell, even though the two never met in person.
He was one of the first people to study and analyze Indian history from a rationalist perspective and, along with Jotirao Phule and Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. Babasaheb has authored more than 15 books and numerous other publications covering law, economics, political science, history and religion.
He is widely described as the major author of the Indian constitution, and people refer him as the "Father of the Indian constitution".
- Administration and Finance of the East India Company
- Ancient Indian Commerce
- Buddha or Karl Marx
- Castes n India
- Commercial Relations of India in the Middle Ages
- Communal Deadlock and a way to solve it
- Essays on Untouchables and Untouchability 1
- Essays on Untouchables and Untouchability 2
- Essays on Untouchables and Untouchability 3
- Evidence Before The Royal Comission on Indian Currency and Finance
- Federation versus Freedom
- India and The Pre-requisites of Communism
- India on the eve of the Crown Government
- Lectures on the English Constitution
- Maharashtra as a Linguistic Province
- Manu and the Shudras
- Mr. Russell And The Reconstruction of Society
- Mr. Gandhi And The Emancipation Of The Untouchables
- Need for Checks and Balances
- Notes on Acts and Laws
- Notes on History of India
- Notes on Parliamentary Procedure
- Pakistan or the Partition of India
- Paramountcy and the claim of the Indian states to be independent
- Philosophy of Hinduism
- Plea to the Foreigner
- Preservation of Social Order
- Ranade Gandhi & Jinnah
- Review : Currency & Exchange
- Review : Report of the Taxation Inquiry Committee
- Small Holdings in India and their Remedies
- Statement of Evidence to the Royal Commission on Indian Currency
- States and Minorities
- The Constitution of British India
- The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India
- The Present Problem in Indian Currency
- The Present Problem in Indian Currency 2
- The Problem of Political Suppression
- The Untouchables and the Pax Britannica
- Thoughts on Linguistic States
- Untouchables or the children of India
- Waiting for a Visa
- What Congress and Gandhi have done to the Untouchables
- Which is worse?
- Who were the Shudras?
- With the Hindus
- See the Wikipedia article on Babasaheb's Annihilation of Caste.
- Ambedkar at Columbia University, a web page dedicated to the life and work of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
- The story of the Rationalist Movement in India Book review of Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India, Johannes Quack, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-981260-8; 978-0-19-981262-2
- An overview of rationalism in India
- Ambedkar's rethinking of Religion
- Keer, Dhananjay (1995). Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission Popular Prakashan, India. p. 12-14. ISBN 81715423