10 quotes by Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary

On this occasion a look back to some of his thoughts and sayings

GN Bureau | April 14, 2016


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Today we celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the father of the Indian constitution and a social reformer.

 

  • 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.
     
  • Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.  Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self too.
     
  • Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people.
     
  • Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards our fellow men.
     
  • So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.
     
  • Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.
     
  • Sentiment must be outlawed from the domain of science and things should be judged from an objective standpoint.
     
  • Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen.
     
  • The strength of a society depends upon the presence of points of contact, possibilities of interaction between different groups which exist in it.
     
  • I want all people to be Indians first, Indian last and nothing else but Indians.

 
 

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