5 Quotes By Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar On The Indian Constitution To Revisit This Republic Day

Kenneth Carneiro

January 24, 2020


3 min


Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a man ahead of his time and yet so vital to the era he lived in. The causes he fought for then, are the causes we still fight by invoking his name. He was the Messiah for Dalits and downtrodden, and he fought all his life for their rights. He was also a staunch believer in basic human freedoms like equality, liberty and free thought. He even wrote a letter to W.E.B DuBois, a black rights activist in America, comparing the situation of Dalits in India to Negroes in America and asked for his support in placing a petition before the U.N.O to demand Dalit Rights.

It’s no secret that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar wrote a major part of the Constitution, which became the founding principles for Independent India. Here’s a glimpse into the mind of Ambedkar that reveal his honest intentions about the constitution and how he hoped for it to be implemented.

Watch a trailer for Ek Mahanayak: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar here.

1. On the importance of the Indian Constitution

Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.

2. On Defending the Rights in The Constitution

Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, but by relentless struggle.

3. His idea of an Ideal Democracy

Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen.

4. His Emotions on The First Republic Day

On the 26th of January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality.

In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value.

How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life?

5. On the Misuse of the Indian Constitution.

If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.

We find a lot of these quotes ring true till today on the 7oth Republic Day. Watch the biographical drama ‘Ek Mahanahyak: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar‘ that shows the life of Babasaheb Ambedkar right from childhood.

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