Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Ph.D., J.D., D.Sc. (1891-1956) was born in India into the untouchable caste in 1891. After managing to get a basic education he won scholarships to study in England and the USA and became a brilliant lawyer. In the following years he became a vigorous and outspoken social reformer, in particular criticizing the Hindu caste system. After Indian independence Ambedkar chaired the committee that wrote the country’s new constitution.
- Neither god nor soul can save society.
- Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers.
- Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is not fit to rule another country must admit that a class is not fit to rule another class.
- I was born a Hindu because I had no control over this, but I shall not die a Hindu.
- Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as governing principle.