Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar as an ambitious and fearless school going boy


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Young Bhimrao was pugnacious, resourceful and fearless. He could defy anybody and anything that dictated rules of conduct and discipline. Nobody could forbid him to do a thing without a challenge or reaction. One, day in soaking rains Bhimrao went to school because his classmate challenged him to go to the school without an umbrella. He took up the gauntlet and walked, like the invincible general in Napoleon, to the school despite the cold, chilling torrents of rains. His shirt and the loin cloth called the dhoti- for this was the dress during his childhood- were dripping. The class teacher by name Pendse, who was a Brahmin was moved at the sight, and he at once asked his son to take Bhim to his residence, to give him a hot bath and a piece of cloth to wear and to hang up his wet clothes to dry. For a short while the obstinate boy was happy over the success of getting an off-day! His pleasure, however soon rolled into tears as he was brought into the class and made to sit half-naked!

Reference: DR. Ambedkar: Life and Mission, page 13,14.

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