My history hero: Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891–1956)

Bhimrao Ambedkar was an Indian lawyer, economist, politician and social reformer – and the principal architect of India's constitution after it gained independence in 1947. Nigel Planer tells York Membery why Ambedkar is his history hero...

Bhimrao Ambedkar, May 1946. (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Born into an ‘untouchable’ caste, Bhimrao Ambedkar was a brilliant student and went on to gain degrees at Columbia University, New York and the London School of Economics before pursuing a career in law and politics. A lifelong opponent of the caste system, he also helped inspire modern Buddhism. In 1990, he was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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