How First Time I Learnt About Babasaheb Ambedkar


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We recently asked people on the social media that how did they first time learn about Babasaheb Ambedkar. This is the part-II on the series. You can read the first part from here – When and How Did You First Time Learn About Babasaheb Ambedkar? Let us know your story about how did you first time learn about Babasaheb Ambedkar?

Well initially, I was in MP and yes I had to face casteism but I didn’t know anything at that time as I was small as I grew up to know and my dad also told me that we are Buddhists and then I read Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s books. Mostly a biography and Who were the Shudras etc. Well, so I got to know about his efforts from my family. – Parvani

I didn’t have any bad experience because of my religion or caste. Maybe because I live in Mumbai but my Dad had gone through such situations and faced caste discrimination. He had told us how he was treated in society. He had to drink water without glass. How our farm produce was taken away by Jamindars. How upper caste community use to treat lower castes. Then I heard about slavery. After that, I started reading books on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. His hard work to our nation and countrymen is outstanding! Shashil Kamble

There is one photo frame of Babasaheb in my home.

One day out of curiosity I asked my grandfather that who is he and why this photo is inside in our home in parallel to the pictures of god and goddess then my Dada told me about Babasaheb Ambedkar n after that I searched for him and now for me, he is the God. — Tapan D. Adhikari

I know about Baba Saheb Ambedkar from the age of 15 because every year we celebrate the program on Baba Saheb birth anniversary at our village. This time too, all of you invited guys! — Er Vijay Kumar

My first book was a biography by L R Bali Sahib. I read it when I was in class 10th. After that, I’ve read numerous works by S L Virdi and Prof Gurnam Singh Mukstsar. Bhartiya Lok Neech Kiven Bane (How India’s Original Inhabitants Became Lower), is one book which had a very lasting impact on me. — Husan Lal Janagill

I learned about Dr. Ambedkar from my parents in my high school but I was so ignorant about his writings. After Rohit Vemula incident things forced me to read his writings. The first book I read was “Who were Shudras” and after that “Castes in India” and “Riddle’s in Hinduism”. These books changed the perception of seeing the society. When I finished reading these books, it was the totally different outlook of society me. I thank him for me to realizing the evilness of Brahmanism. — Anudeep LK

I first learned about Babasaheb in school, when we had a poem about the caste discrimination he had to face as a child. I became intrigued by the sort of discrimination he had to face because as a Christian living and studying among a community of Brahmins at that time, I too was looked down upon for eating meat and for observing Christian traditions. Later, during high school, I was given a copy of Annihilation of Caste and that changed my life. I started seeing society through the lens of the caste hierarchy and that made me understand institutional discrimination of Dalits, Adivasis, minorities and women in a new, radical way. Ambedkar has since been a guiding light to my world view and my way of life. He has been an inspiration to me. — Derek Francis

Just a few years ago, while preparing for Civil Services Exam in 2012, I looked into history and a different angle came picture and came to know about Babasaheb.  I read about Poona pact in detail. — Sathish Am

Dr. Ambedkar is like a family member, our discussions starts and ends with him. Many people started social work, taking inspiration from my father. People call my father by names; refuse to give him Ambedkar Jayanti donation but my father never bothers. At the age of 82 people from our community look at him for Jayanti celebration. It keeps him young at this age, and he never feels bad about anyone. So, I came to know about Babasaheb Ambedkar from my father. — Kulvinder Suman

My dad bought a book which was collections of articles written by Babasaheb in “Bahishkrut Bharat”. — Bharat Jawale

At an early age, maybe when I was in 6th or 7th grade, my father was a regular reader of magazines like ‘Begampura’ and some others magazines related to ‘BAMCEF’. Every now and then, I would read them too. But one day he brought the famous book written by Prof. Gurnam Singh Muktsar, ‘BHARTI LOK NEECH KIWE BNE”. I read the whole book in about two sittings and since then, I have never looked back. — Randeep Singh

Being a kid raised in a Mahar family, I first learned about Babasaheb through the stories told by my mother. – Jatin Kamble

How did you learn about Babasaheb Ambedkar for the first time? Let us know in the comments section.

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    Kundan Bauddh

    My father is very fond of reading books like novels and biographies.. When i was about five or six year old, i went to the village library with my father, and at that time my father suggested me to took a book to read, which was in our native language Gujarat, named “Mahamanav Babasaheb Dr Ambedkar”.. After reading this book, i read various books written on babasaheb ane now i am reading the books written by babasaheb ambedkar.. This is how i come to know about the Real nation builder and True architecture of our lives, Dr ambedkar..

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    Rahul

    I read first time about babasahib Ambedkar when I was in class 7 life &mission of babasahib Ambedkar by dhanajy keer from the bookshelf of my father though I didn’t understood much from this .than I read much about ambedkar from Hindi &punjabi magazines .dalit voice has made lasting impact on me to understand the Indian society & Ambedkar ‘S philosophy. By the time I finished my MS surgery I almost read all the volumes of writings &speeches of ambedkar from the personal library of my father, the famous Agra lecture of March 1956 deeply shaken me to pay back to society, so I decided to take the philosophy of babasahib Dr ambedkar to the next generation Up-to one lac.students in a single sitting same day same date I think that’s the best tribute I can pay to babasahib Ambedkar. I’m thankful to my father for being my first teacher who introduced &helped me to understand babasahib’s philosophy .thank you dad being so humble for exposing me to the world of ambedkarism.

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    Balkrishna S Gajbhiye

    The article written by H.S. Sukhdeve has put a more bright light on existing caste system and religion influencers. A common man who still fight for his living existence and nurturing his offsprings is least concerned about religion. For him religion is only an opportunity made available to him by so called “god or allah ” as defined to him by Religion preachers. Introspection of his inherent strength which is provided to him by nature has vanished from his minds. Fight for existence and betterment of life is the root caused of his religious conversion. Hinduism has failed to provide the needed protection and make him available opportunities to lead a better and settled life is the root cause of his conversion. Over-Populated nation and lack of opportunities unless given priority by hindu caste based system are the root caused of the social system. Hindus are confused by multiple Gods and deities which has created confusion in average citizens, as said in the article published by H.S. Sukhdeve Sir. Annihilation of caste written by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar has to be interpreted by annihilation of multiple religious preacher’s which is confusing minds in India, but still fight for survival still exists within common man. A way out to make available proper and equal opportunity is the only solution and confusion of religion need not be imbibed upon. Secularism needs to be preached which demands respects for all religion by every citizen of India. First Indian and only Indian should be the criteria for his existence and rightful citizenship of great country like India.

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    Vivek Vishal Gautam

    I got to know about DR.B.R.Ambedkar when I was in class 4th and a movie was screened at my home in the TV (arranged) for a night and VCR player (arranged) for which all who came contributed monetarily and watched that movie with enthusiasm and patiently. Then I got to know that who was Bodhisatva DR.B.R.Ambedkar, why he was revered as inspiration by all Indian Dalits and his voice was vibrant and effective which gave Indian Constitution an unbiased overview and voices of depressed were also taken care of, educate,unite and agitate against all the odds, let’s pledge for caste free India. Used his whole lot of energy in one direction for quenching his thirst for knowledge and to know the questions he had regarding the social order which we have here and many books I read Ambedkar Speaks by Narender Jadhav, and many more related to untouchability and social opperession

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    Praveen ubale

    In 6th standard my class teacher was asking for caste from every student may be for some record,but I could not answer her question,one of my classmate started helping me to guess my caste along with teacher by asking questions like which God pictures idols are in house I told him we have Laxmi Ganpati n Gautam Buddha n Babasaheb Ambedkar.
    I couldn’t answer my caste,but got a new question from madam,was my parents did love marriage?
    After 10th I read Ambedkar n got my identity,Free from caste n religion #Ambedkarite #jaibhim

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