New Delhi: On April 14 every year, we celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti to remember Bhimrao Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar. Ambedkar, the principal author of the Indian Constitution, was born on this day in 1891 in a Mahar family in Mhow town of Madhya Pradesh. He also served as the law minister of India (1947–51). Later, he inspired the Dalit movement and campaigned against social discrimination.
In more than 25 states and union territories of India, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti is a public holiday, these include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, etc.
On the occasion, we bring you some facts about Ambedkar that you probably didn’t know about:
He was a Dalit icon who spoke against the inequality and discrimination faced by the members of his community.
He was the first Union Minister of Law and Justice at the time of the Nehru government and he was also the key architect of the constitution of India.