Here are five lesser-known facts about Dr. B.R. Ambedkar you didn’t know!

An economist, politician, and social reformer, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, had worn many hats in the course of his life. Known for spearheading the Constitution Drafting Committee, he has also campaigned against social discrimination and untouchability towards the Dalit community. On his 129th birth Anniversary, we bring you some lesser-known facts about independent India’s first law and justice minister.

  • Dr. B R Ambedkar’s birthplace in Madhya Pradesh was Mhow, a small cantonment in the Indore district. The town was later renamed as Dr. Ambedkar Nagar in 2003 by an initiative of the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
  • He was the principal of Mumbai’s Government Law College for two years.
  • Babasaheb Ambedkar’s first Statue was established in the year 1950 in Kolhapur city.
  • Ambedkar was the first one who suggested splitting of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, and he even wrote about it in his book Thoughts on Linguistic States (published in 1995). Chhattisgarh was split from MP, whereas Jharkhand was separated from Bihar in November 2000.
  • Ambedkar moved to Mumbai in 1897, and he did his schooling from Elphinstone High School.

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