Dr. Ambedkar’s Life and First Step in Politics and Squabbles

Ambedkar’s life and astute leadership encompass all aspects of political and social life. Ambedkar grew up in a military family. His father, Ram ji Sakpal, was a British army Subedar Major.

He was born in 1891 in Mhao, a military cantonment in the Central Provinces, and later moved to Bombay to complete his school and college education. He has been awarded scholarships to study abroad. 

After completing his studies at Columbia University, he was appointed as Military Secretary in Baroda in 1916, where he faced the curse of untouchability, but he left in September 1917 solely because he could not find rented housing.

He went to London with the assistance of a descendant of Shivaji Maharaj of Kolhapur, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, and completed his studies at the London School of Economics.
In 1923, he received his doctorate in economics, and in 1917, he received his doctorate in philosophy from Columbia.

During that time, the untouchables were viewed with utter contempt, hate, and were being exploited socially, economically and spiritually, just as the Hindu social order demanded of it’s people. 

His first step into politics and squabbles:

In 1919, Ambedkar appeared before the Southborough Commission as a person of valour and ambition, pleading for untouchables representation and civil rights. 

He addressed political rewards in relation to the population. Ambedkar’s clear stance was that rather than leave untouchables at the mercy of higher castes, it would be better policy to empower untouchables who were eager to claim their natural place in society, not to usurp power like others.

As a result, he sought political representation for Dalits, and he specifically requested that such representation be based on population percentage. In 1919, the same idea was presented to the South-borough Commission, but none of them were accepted by Britishers.


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