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A Fine Brain, A Restless Soul: Dr B R Ambedkar

Dr B R Ambedkar indeed was a great achiever! The qualities of his brain become clear by the academic success he made in his life: MA, PhD, DSc, Bar-at-Law, LLD, D Litt. It would look perfectly normal to achievers, excepting that Ambedkar overcame great impediments that might be unimaginable for others- he got admission in to the school with great difficulty, had to sit almost outside the class, carry his own jute sack for sitting and take it back home and drink from the water poured to him by the school peon if available, otherwise remain thirsty. No complaints, for he was not hampered- the spirit to do great got over these barriers to progress. He didn’t stop before attaining the highest academic awards. Those were no honorary degrees as would be established by his prolific writings and historic speeches. He once wrote that a man is born independent and should aim at personal and societal development. He said that a great man is different from an eminent one as he is always ready to be the servant of the society. Great thinkers have always considered service as the most difficult form of religious or spiritual practice. Only highly developed minds can think on those lines.  Ambedkar considered the cultivation of mind as the ultimate aim of human existence. How many of us would engage on such unrewarding (?) activity in these tumultuous times? Ambedkar was emphatic on another point: We are Indians, firstly and lastly. One can peep into the restless soul of a political thinker, an economist and a legal brain when he wanders in search of that ultimate aim of human existence that takes him into the realm of superior consciousness of ‘religion/spirituality’ and opts for Buddhism at last! His contemporaries in Europe and America were also making efforts to unravel the mysteries of human existence. But did that really serve his restless soul that was not looking for Moksha or salvation or heaven but trying to find answers for the social inequalities afflicting humanity not only in India but elsewhere equally?

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