Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, studied at the London School of Economics and at Columbia University in the US, completing PhD in Economics. He used education as a tool to rise above and become one of the great leaders of modern India. He was the 1st Dalit student to complete his college, and then dedicated his life for the uplift of people. He strongly believed in equality and powerfully advocated women rights, his speeches reflect his ideologies and one the way of life.

On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, here are at few of Ambedkar’s inspiring quotes:

1) “I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.”

2) “If you believe in living a respectable life, you believe in self-help which is the best help.”

3) “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.”

4) “The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.”

5) “We must stand on our own feet and fight as best as we can for our rights. So carry on your agitation and organize your forces. Power and prestige will come to you through struggle.”

6) “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”

7) “Life should be great rather than long.”

8) “They cannot make history who forget history.”

9) “Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.”

10) We are Indians, firstly and lastly.”

11) “An ideal society should be mobile, should be full of channels for conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts. In an ideal society, there should be many interests consciously communicated and shared.”

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