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 Thus Spoke Ambedkar, Vol 1, and Against the Madness of Manu; books related to him include Ambedkar’s World, Bhimayana, In Pursuit of Ambedkar, and In The Tiger’s Shadow.