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Movie “Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

……. The untold truth”


The film spans between the years 1901-1956, takes us through 60 years, two world wars, three countries- India, America, Britain. Both, as a personal portrait, as well as a record of the times, it is above all one man's fight against the tyranny of the Hindu orthodoxy, against tradition, against Indian political heroes and saints such as Mahatma Gandhi, who were more interested in political reforms than social reforms. Dr. Ambedkar walked a lonely path; he never once strayed from it, even though in the process he became the most hated man in Hindu India.

Born in an 'untouchable' family at a time when untouchables were forbidden education, Ambedkar bore many insults and humiliations at the hands of his fellow students and became the first graduate of his community. Later on while studying at the Columbia University, New York, Ambedkar was able to rid himself of the stigma of untouchability and breathe in the air of freedom. But at the same time living next to Harlem he could equate the fate of his people with that of the Afro-Americans, The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution granting rights to the African- Americans and the views of  his philosopher-guide teachers in Columbia supporting the Human Rights brought about in him the strong internal desire and the spirit to fight back the prevailing social injustice in his country.

In India at the same time two struggles were being fought simultaneously. One, well known through out the world was India's fight for political independence spearheaded by Gandhi, against the British Colonial powers. And the second struggle, lesser known, led by Dr. Ambedkar, was an internal struggle. 70 million untouchables were fighting for their social rights against the Upper caste Hindu society. For the millions of untouchables their oppressors were not the British but rather their own co-religionists, their fellow high caste Hindus.

Though they belonged to the same religion, untouchables were treated worse than the lowliest animals. Sanctified by religion and centuries of tradition, high caste Hindus considered themselves polluted if an untouchable were to touch, speak or even cast their shadows over them. Though they worshipped the same God they could not enter the temples. All public services including the police and the military were closed to them. They were permitted only to follow their hereditary occupations of scavenging, street sweeping, skinning and tanning animal hides.

Gandhi appealed to Hindus for a change of heart. On the other hand Ambedkar wanted political rights. Gandhi saw untouchables as an indivisible part of Hindu society. Ambedkar, disgusted with Hinduism, saw the depressed classes as separate. Gandhi thought once the British left, India would right itself. Ambedkar was not willing to take chances. He did not want the simple change of masters. This confrontation with Gandhi, which made Ambedkar the most hated man in India, was resolved with Indian Independence when Gandhi insisted Ambedkar to be inducted into the first cabinet. Even though they had been on opposite sides of the fence, Gandhi respected his former adversary. Thus Ambedkar became India's first Law Minister under Prime Minister Nehru and it fell upon him to draft India's Constitution.

Throughout his life Ambedkar's endeavors to reform Hindu society had borne stubborn resistance and he had been on a life long search for a religion, a moral social order that would not sanctify the exploitation of man by man. His search led him to Buddhism, which he regarded as rational, egalitarian religion. In Buddha's philosophy of equality, compassion and non-violence lay the hope, not only for the depressed classes but also for the whole world.

On 14th October 1956, Ambedkar renounced Hinduism and embraced Buddhism. Millions of untouchables followed him, threw away their Hindu idols, embraced en masse this new religion. This perhaps was the biggest social revolution witnessed by the subcontinent in millennia.

Though this story is particular to India, it is also universal. While Dr. Ambedkar was rooted in India, he also had an international outlook. There will always be people like him who struggle to better the lot of the exploited, the downtrodden, and the forgotten. His was the universal fight of the underdog, to gain his people a rightful place in the sun.


Dr Jabbar Patel

Film Director




Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar


Mohan Gokhale


Mahatma Gandhi


Sonali Kulkarni


Ramabai Ambedkar


Rahul Solapurkar


Shahu Maharaj

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