Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb
DATE OF BIRTH: 14th April 1891
PASSED AWAY ON: 6th December 1956
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mhow, Central Provinces, India, (Currently in Madhya Pradesh)
DEATH PLACE: Delhi
Family background: Babasaheb’s father was Ramji Maloji Sakpal who was a subedar in the Army and mother was Bhimabai Murbadkar Sakpal. He was their 14th child. His Marathi family had its roots in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. He was born in a poor family of the Mahar caste that was called Dalit. People belonging to the Dalit community were considered as untouchables and were discriminated.
His early life: Ambedkar, though a Dalit, went to school. But the flames of discrimination touched his life as well. He and his fellow Dalits were made to sit separately from the other students who belonged to the upper castes. Thus, unlike other pupils, they were not allowed inside the class nor did the teachers pay attention to them. Also, they were not allowed to drink water from the common vessel that others used.
His father served in the Mhow cantonment of the Indian Army then.