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Ambedkar was not only a political leader and social reformer but also a scholar and thinker. His constant attention to the problem of bringing about equality for the downtrodden untouchable community forms the basis of his thinking and writings. Discuss.  (250 words)

Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

 

1.  Ambedkar was not only a political leader and social reformer but also a scholar and thinker. His constant attention to the problem of bringing about equality for the downtrodden untouchable community forms the basis of his thinking and writings. Discuss.  (250 words)

 

Difficulty level: Easy

 

Reference: Indian Express

 

Why the question: As we celebrated the 131st birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, several interesting and conflicting perceptions of his role as one of the makers of modern India came to mind. He is one leader from the pre-independence times who has gained phenomenal after-life recognition, respect and popularity, not only as a messiah of the Dalits but also as one of the greatest Indians of the modern age.

Key Demand of the question: To write about the political, social and intellectual contributions of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing a few introductory lines regarding Dr B.R Ambedkar.

Body:

Discuss his role and contributions; His role as a social reformer, chairman of the draft committee of the Indian Constitution, and first law minister of the country is well-known. He was an educationist, economist, jurist, politician, journalist, sociologist and social reformer and worked in the fields of culture, religion and spirituality.

Highlight his efforts towards championing the causes of downtrodden and the vulnerable.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.