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Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
1891 - 1956

Indian economist and statesman who was influential in the drafting of the Constitution of India. Ambedkar was born a Hindu, and overcame its caste system to become learned and politically powerful as a social reformer advocating rights for the "untouchables" and working classes.

A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people.

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.

Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man.

Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering.

Despotism does not cease to be despotism because it is elective. Nor does despotism become agreeable because the despots belong to our own kindred. To make it subject to election is no guarantee against despotism. The real guaranty against despotism is to confront it with the possibility of its dethronement, of its being laid low, of its being superseded by a rival party.