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Congratulations to Ambedkar for being recognised as the greatest Indian after Gandhi

I chanced upon this article by Ramachandra Guha.

I'm very pleased that Indians – both a jury and the general public through net voting – have considered Amebedkar to be the greatest Indian since Gandhi. Maybe Rajaji should have taken that slot, but I'm happy for Ambedkar, a predominantly classical liberal thinker, to get this recognition.

What is heartening is that even though intellectuals (who are generally out of touch with reality) STILL consider Nehru to be the co-recipient of this status, the rest of India thinks that Nehru should come 15th!

I'd rate Nehru higher, but this at least tells us that Indians are no longer enamoured of Nehru's ideas.

In the jury vote, B.R. Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru tied for first place; each had 21 votes. The online poll also placed Ambedkar in first place, but ranked Nehru as low as 15th, lower than Vallabhbhai Patel, Indira Gandhi, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Even Sachin Tendulkar, A.R. Rahman, and Rajnikanth were ranked higher than Nehru by Net voters. [Source]

Interestingly,

In the jury vote, the industrialist J.R.D. Tata and the social worker Mother Teresa were ranked immediately below Ambedkar and Nehru.

According to me, JRD's selection is JUST RIGHT.

I would rank thus:

1. Rajaji

2. Sardar Patel

3. Ambedkar

4. JRD Tata

5. Nehru (for contributions to democracy)

6. Vajpayee (for contributions to democracy)

7. Jayaprakash Narayan

My blog posts on Ambedkar

Nehru was a Brahmin. Ambedkar was a Brahmin. But Rahul Gandhi? What a joke!

Many happy returns of the day to the Republic. Let's remember Ambedkar today.

Ambedkar's Buddhist liberalism and rejection of communism

Beware the "great" man. Abide by your agreed Constitution. Key messages from Ambedkar

B.R. Ambedkar – a great Indian classical liberal

Further thoughts on fast-unto-death (and Ambedkar)


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8 thoughts on “Congratulations to Ambedkar for being recognised as the greatest Indian after Gandhi
  1. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    From twitter:

    Rahul ‏@Metrans

    @sabhlok the man responsible for ensuring india remains divided, castist and poor!

    My response:
    @Metrans Agreed, but he made many redeeming contributions. See my ranking. Rajaji is the only one who didn’t make big blunders.

     
  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    More detailed response to Rahul:

    Ambedkar’s key contribution overwhelms any negative effect of reservations policy. That is his commitment to the structure of a liberal democracy.

    India’s constitution, as originally designed, promise property rights and was NOT socialist. It arose from some of the finest traditions of classical liberalism, although it was a bit too detailed and could have been shortened into just 10 pages. Ambedkar’s insistence on due process is the reason why India’s democratic experiment took off so well.

    Nehru added to this, by implementing the constitution, but he then destroyed the liberal character of Ambedkar’s intent. His blunders cast India into deep poverty and chaos.

    Had Nehru followed Ambedkar’s intent, reservations would have been lifted after 10 years. Not one day more.

     
  3. honestindian123456

    Dr.AMBEDKAR (1891-1956)
    B.A., M.A., M.Sc., D.Sc., Ph.D., L.L.D., D.Litt., Barrister-at-Law !!!

    B.A.(Bombay University) Bachelor of Arts,
    MA.(Columbia university) Master Of Arts,
    M.Sc.( London School of Economics) Master Of Science,
    Ph.D. (Columbia University) Doctor of philosophy ,
    D.Sc.( London School of Economics) Doctor of Science ,
    L.L.D.(Columbia University) Doctor of Laws ,
    D.Litt.( Osmania University) Doctor of Literature,
    Barrister-at-Law (Gray’s Inn, London) law qualification for a lawyer in royal court of England.
    Let us start a tradition of Mentioning EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION OF Dr.AMBEDKAR ON EVERY BANNER/POSTER,BELOW EVERY STATUE,BELOW EVERY PHOTO/PAMPHLET,IN EVERY ARTICLE, BOOK TITLES AND COVER PAGES,WHENEVER THERE IS FIRST REFERENCE IN NEWSPAPERS,DISCUSSIONS,METTINGS AND EVEN IN DEBATES,CITATIONS,POLITICS,ECONOMICS,HISTORY,HUMANITY,SOCIAL CIRCLES
    Why not mention THE GREATNESS OF “THE GREATEST INDIAN” with proud .Above single line and his lifetime struggle, reveals THE MASTERY,WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE… .. .

    • Elementary Education, 1902 Satara, Maharashtra
    • Matriculation, 1907, Elphinstone High School, Bombay Persian etc.,
    • Inter 1909,Elphinstone College,Bombay Persian and English
    • B.A, 1912 Jan, Elphinstone College, Bombay, University of Bombay, Economics & Political Science
    • M.A 2-6-1915 Faculty of Political Science, Columbia University, New York, Main-Economics
    Ancillaries-Sociology, History Philosophy, Anthropology, Politics
    • Ph.D 1917 Faculty of Political Science, Columbia University, New York, ‘The National Divident of India – A Historical and Analytical Study’
    • M.Sc 1921 June London School of Economics, London ‘Provincial Decentralization of Imperial Finance in British India’
    • Barrister-at- Law 30-9-1920 Gray’s Inn, London Law
    D.Sc 1923 Nov London School of Economics, London ‘The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution’ was accepted for the degree of D.Sc. (Economics).
    • L.L.D (Honoris Causa) 5-6-1952 Columbia University, New York For HIS achievements, Leadership and authoring the constitution of India
    • D.Litt (Honoris Causa) 12-1-1953 Osmania University, Hyderabad For HIS achievements, Leadership and writing the constitution of India

    ALL THIS EDUCATION ACHIEVED BEFORE 1954 !!! HOW REMARKABLE!!! !! !
    Prof. Amartya Sen ,6th Indian to get Prestigious Nobel Prize has recently claimed in a lecture session :
    “Ambedkar is my Father in Economics. He is true celebrated champion of the underprivileged.He deserves more than what he has achieved today. However he was highly controversial figure in his home country,though it was not the reality. His contribution in the field of economics is marvelous and will be remembered forever..!”(wikipedia Dr.ambedkar)
    LINKs:
    http://atrocitynews.com/2007/05/05/ambedkar-my-father-in-economics-dr-amartya-sen/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar

    EVEN IF ALL his educational qualification and COMPLETE CONTRIBUTION TO ALL ASPECTS OF HUMANITY is purposefully often neglected,kept hidden,secret,unnoticed,unpublished for 55 Years !!! !! !
    HE WON THE AWARD OF GREATEST INDIA !!! !! !
    THE PERSON WHO WAS FORCED TO SIT OUTSIDE THE CLASS,TO WHOM DRINKING WATER WAS DENIED … .. . THE SAME PERSON HAS BECOME … .. .
    “”” $$$ THE GREATEST INDIAN $$$ “””
    in a nationwide poll held by History,TV18 and CNN-IBN.
    Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award
    penned down biggest constitution in the world
    MOST EDUCATED INDIAN SCHOLAR !!! !! !
    circulate..

     
  4. Rajeswari

    Rajaji-” The Wisest Man of the East”. A persona with high intellect and prophecy. Perhaps, in his previous birth, he must have been close to Goddess Saraswati.CR was ahead of time and almst all his predictions have come true.

    His contributions towards social justice and Dailt upliftment are outstanding.Sadly, he is not quite popular figure among North Indians. Ramchandra Guha is the only Historian who has written extensively about Rajaji.

     

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