Lieutenant Bhimrao? Yes Lieutenant Bhimarao Ambedkar; a great social reformer and leader whose fearless personality had strong signature of a soldier.
It will come as big surprise to many that Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar served for a while, in army of Baroda State Forces in rank of Lieutenant. Not only that his grand father and father both served in British Army.
Dr Lt Bhimrao Ambedkar was born on 14 April 1891 in the town and military cantonment of Mhow (now Dr. Ambedkar Nagar) in the Central Provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh). He was the 14th and last child of Subedar Major Ramji Maloji Sakpal, an officer working in British Army in education branch.
Father of Dr Ambedkar
Ambedkar’s grand father Maloji Sakpal was also a retired Havaldar in the Bombay Army of the East India Company.
Dr & Lt Ambedkar came from a family of soldiers and grew up in military culture based on secularism and social equality. Though their family being dalit did face problem of untouchability from other orthodox Hindus. No doubt, Ambedkar’s background of military family did have profound impact on his grooming and personality which made him fearless and born fighter.
Like a soldier Dr & Lt Ambedkar, fought against social evil of caste based inequality, untouchability, discrimination and slavery and secured justice by framing a constitution which guarantees human dignity and freedom to all. It is also said that Dr & Lt Ambedkar also inserted article 34 against opposition from Nehru in the constitution which discreetly makes Indian Army virtually guardian of Indian Democracy.
Today on his birth anniversary Fauji Reporter salutes this hero of India coming from military family. Himself a soldier, social reformer, constitutional expert and great leader.