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90 Days History Answer Writing Practice Question 2 for 10-Jan-2018

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10-Jan-2018 - Question 2

How did Dr. B.R. Ambedkar try to seek a political solution to the problem of caste in India ? (2016, 10 marks, 150 words )

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B R Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Dalits, while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was Independent India's first law minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India and a founding father of the Republic of India.

Dr B R Ambedkar preferred a political solution through guaranteed access to education, employment and political representation.

  • He set up Bahiskrit Hitkarni Sabha (1924) for the moral and material progress of the untouchables.
  • He resorted to methods of agitation and launched satyagraha to establish civic rights of untouchables to enter the hindu temples and draw water from public wells.
  • He demanded separate electorates (1928) for the untouchables.
  • He founded Independent Labour Party (1936) in his bid to mobilise the poor and untouchables on a broader basis.
  • He founded Scheduled caste federation (1942) as an all India party.
  • After independence, Dr Amberkar ensured the abolition of untouchability under article 17, reservation for Dalits under article 15 and 16.

In these ways, Dr B R Ambedkar sought to solve the problem of caste through Political ways rather than religious ways, unlike Gandhiji.

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