Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891–1956) was a statesman, lawyer, editor of newspapers, and political thinker who waged a relentless, lifelong struggle for the rights of dalits. He was born in an ‘untouchable’ mahar family in Mhow in present-day Madhya Pradesh. Having earned doctorates from both Columbia University and the London School of Economics, he went on to serve as Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Indian Constitution. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with half a million followers a few months before his death in 1956.
At Navayana, his writings and speeches have been annotated and published in Against the Madness of Manu, Annihilation of Caste, Riddles in Hinduism, Beef, Brahmins and Broken Men and A Stake in the Nation; books related to him include Ambedkar’s World, Bhimayana, In Pursuit of Ambedkar, In The Tiger’s Shadow, Ambedkar: The Attendant Details, Ambedkar and Other Immortals, No Laughing Matter, Radical Equality and A Part Apart.