Watch: Why Ambedkar was voted as the greatest Indian

DrBR Ambedkar, India's first Law Minister, was recently voted as the greatest Indian after Gandhi in an online poll.

Ambedkar, widely acknowledged as the father of the Indian constitution, came from the Mahar caste, who were treated as untouchables. Dr Ambedkar had to face caste discrimination at every step of his life.

"Turn in any direction you like - Caste is the monster that crosses your path! You cannot have political reform...you cannot have economic reform...unless you kill this monster," Ambedkar had said.

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Despite all the odds however, Ambedkar, with a scholarship sponsored by the Maharaja of Baroda, went to Columbia University in America to pursue his higher eduction. From Columbia, Ambedkar moved to London to study Law and Economics.

As India's first Law Minister, he was given the formidable task of constructing a constitution for a newly freed India.

"Our difficulty is, as I said, not about the ultimate future, our difficulty is how to make the heterogeneous mass that we have today, take a decision in common and march in a cooperative way on that road which is bound to lead us to unity," he said.

See the video, to see the life story of the great man, and also listen to a rare audio clip of Dr.Ambedkar's 1949 Constituent Assembly speech.

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Updated Date: Aug 21, 2012 09:52:40 IST

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