Quotes by: B. R. Ambedkar

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Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
1st Minister of Law and Justice
In office
15 August 1947 – September 1951
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Charu Chandra Biswas
Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee
In office
29 August 1947 – 24 January 1950
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
Labour Member, Viceroy's Executive Council
In office
1942–1946
Preceded by Feroz Khan Noon
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1891-04-14)14 April 1891
Mhow, Central Provinces, India (now in Madhya Pradesh)
Died 6 December 1956(1956-12-06) (aged 65)
Delhi, India
Political party Samata Sainik Dal, Independent Labour Party, Scheduled Castes Federation
Spouse(s)
Ramabai (m. 1906; d. 1935)[1] Savita Ambedkar (m. 1948)[2]
Alma mater
University of Mumbai Columbia University London School of Economics
Profession Jurist, economist, social reformer
Religion Hinduism (1891–1956)
Buddhism (1956)
Awards Bharat Ratna (posthumously)

People are not wrong in observing Caste. In my view, what is wrong is their religion, which has inculcated this notion of Caste. If this is correct, then obviously the enemy, you must grapple with is not the people who observe Caste, but the Shastras which teach them this religion of Caste.
B. R. Ambedkar
Caste may be bad. Caste may lead to conduct so gross as to be called man's inhumanity to man. All the same, it must be recognized that the Hindus observe Caste not because they are inhuman or wrong-headed. They observe Caste because they are deeply religious.
B. R. Ambedkar
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
B. R. Ambedkar
Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.
B. R. Ambedkar
No Hindu community, however low, will touch cow's flesh. On the other hand, there is no community which is really an Untouchable community which has not something to do with the dead cow. Some eat her flesh, some remove the skin, some manufacture articles out of her skin and bones.
B. R. Ambedkar
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
B. R. Ambedkar
Some people think that religion is not essential to society. I do not hold this view. I consider the foundation of religion to be essential to the life and practices of a society.
B. R. Ambedkar
That the caste system must be abolished if the Hindu society is to be reconstructed on the basis of equality, goes without saying. Untouchability has its roots in the caste system. They cannot expect the Brahmins to rise in revolt against the caste system. Also we cannot rely upon the non-Brahmins and ask them to fight our battle.
B. R. Ambedkar
To my mind, there is no doubt that this Gandhi age is the dark age of India. It is an age in which people, instead of looking for their ideals in the future, are returning to antiquity.
B. R. Ambedkar
Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.
B. R. Ambedkar
My social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words: liberty, equality and fraternity. Let no one, however, say that I have borrowed by philosophy from the French Revolution. I have not. My philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. I have derived them from the teachings of my Master, the Buddha.
B. R. Ambedkar
Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks or a line of barbed wire which prevents the Hindus from co-mingling and which has, therefore, to be pulled down. Caste is a notion; it is a state of the mind.
B. R. Ambedkar
Generally speaking, the Smritikars never care to explain the why and the how of their dogmas.
B. R. Ambedkar
Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.
B. R. Ambedkar
What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.
B. R. Ambedkar
The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.
B. R. Ambedkar
The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.
B. R. Ambedkar
A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.
B. R. Ambedkar
There is one taboo against meat-eating. It divides Hindus into vegetarians and flesh eaters. There is another taboo which is against beef eating. It divides Hindus into those who eat cow's flesh and those who do not.
B. R. Ambedkar
In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development.
B. R. Ambedkar
I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
B. R. Ambedkar
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