When you flip through the pages of Indian history, you will find so many problems the country faced before and after Independence. One of the biggest problems of them all was a social evil called as the caste system. Till this day, the caste system still prevails in our society but it is extremely different from what it was 100 years ago.
Back then, the caste system was divided into four categories. The Dalits were at the bottom of the table. These four castes were the four functional pillars on which the society was standing. In the course of time the caste started to get determined by birth and later some of these sections started considering themselves superior to others. This finally led to the cruelty and inhuman behaviors of the Dalit community etc.
Many people fought and struggled for the freedom and equal rights of the marginalized. One such personality is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Born as a Dalit himself, Dr. Ambedkar got one opportunity to receive education and that helped him to transform the face of the India. Dr. Ambedkar was very well known for his work and his fight against the discrimination of the marginalized.
Dr. Ambedkar strongly believed in education and social justice. He is a leader whose thoughts continue to be significant even today. His ideas on equality, brotherhood, democracy, independence, international economics and politics are effective even in present times, and his work continues to be motivating and inspiring to many. If you want to know what India is, consult writing and Speeches of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
Here are six inspirational and brilliant quotes by this eminent personality that will surely inspire you.
1) Life should be great rather than long.
Dr. Ambedkar’s these words are striking to every person’s life. Our life should be meaningful and used for the betterment of others. Living upto the age of 90 yrs and yet not doing anything for anyone will make no sense to your life on earth. Those 90 yrs are a waste.
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Greatness of life is also a subjective experience. Greatness has nothing to do with popularity. Hitler was popular. But was his life a great life? Not really. Dr. Ambedkar himself didn’t live for a long time. But yet his life and his work have inspired so many and changed the life of so many.
We too should try and find meaning in our lives and help bring about transformation and positive change in someone else’s life. Sacrifices are inevitable in the path to greatness and it becomes one defining trait.
2) I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
Back then, the communal riots and fights in the name of religion were a lot. Dr. Ambedkar believed in non-violence and was a follower of the Buddha. He believed that the biggest religion of all was humanity. When people followed the religion of humanity, everything else would follow.
3) I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.
In this 21st century, women are walking shoulder to shoulder with men. They have excelled in each and every field. But yet there are communities where it is considered a crime to born as a women. Back in the 1960’s, women were not treated equal to men and faced lot of discrimination.
Dr. Ambedkar spoke against this. His words are so much related to our world today as we can see how an educated woman can bring about change not only in her family but also in the society and the country.
4) Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
What is the real aim of human existence? Is it money? Is it pride? Is it wealth? Is it popularity? No! It is the knowledge that we gain and how we use this knowledge to transform lives.
Dr. Ambedkar believed that expanding our knowledge horizons should be one of the most important aims for human existence.
5) Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.
We are all blessed with beautiful minds and thinking power. It is very important to use this thinking power. Our ideas shouldn’t be only for the betterment of our own lives or for our selfish motives. Rather it should be for the development of the country and a better society.
We all are mortals and when we die, our unsaid ideas and thoughts will also die with us. You never know how your small idea can help bring about a huge revolution.
6) Educate, Organise and Agitate.
These were the final words of Dr. Ambedkar before his death. Dr. Ambedkar passed away after suffering from diabetes. Baba Sahib uttered these precious words at the end of his historic speech delivered at the All-India Depressed Classes Conference. Even till his last breath he kept focusing on how important education was for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the development of the country and the society.
Dr. Ambedkar’s words have extremely deep meaning and are very much relevant to our lives today. His words can have an extremely deep impact on the young generation of our country. His quotes and sayings prove that he was a leader well ahead of his time.
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