Ambedkar on Higher Education and OBCs

I ran into a very interesting quote by Dr. Ambedkar, specially in the context of the recent debates (generally opposing it though) on reservations in institutes of higher education IITs and IIMs (besides other institutes under the Central government):

Higher education, in my opinion, means that education, which can enable you to occupy the strategically important places in State administration. Brahmins had to face a lot of opposition and obstacles, but they are overcoming these and progressing ahead.”

“I can not forget, rather I am sad, that many people do not realize that the Caste system is existing in India for centuries because of inequality and a wide gulf of difference in education, and they have forgotten that it is likely to continue for some centuries to come. This gulf between the education of Brahmins and non-Brahmins will not end just by primary and secondary education. The difference in status between these can only be reduced by higher education. Some non-Brahmins must get highly educated and occupy the strategically important places, which has remained the monopoly of Brahmins since long. I think this is the duty of the State. If the Govt. can not do it, institutions like “Maratha Mandir” must undertake this task.”

The statement “I think it is the duty of the State” is very interesting and can be interpreted in different ways, including advocating reservations.

The moot point, however, that Dr. Ambedkar makes, a la Gramsci, is the importance of capturing places of strategic importance. In our times, this need not only be in the State Administration.

In the era of a globalized marketplace, it also means providing a foothold in that marketplace.

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Author: bhupinder singh

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4 thoughts on “Ambedkar on Higher Education and OBCs”

  1. The statement “I think it is the duty of the State” is very interesting and can be interpreted in different ways, including advocating reservations.

    Of course Ambedkar is advocating reservations. But, he is always known to be pro-reservations. This is a dog-bites-man story.

    Tell us something new.

  2. 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 to practice law 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, meetings and even in debates, citations, politics, economics, history, humanity, social circles
    Why not to 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)

    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!
    From wikipedia
    Role in the formation of Reserve Bank of India
    Ambedkar was an economist by training and until 1921 his career was as a professional economist. It was after that time that he became a political leader. He wrote three scholarly books on economics:
    • Administration and Finance of the East India Company,
    • The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India, and
    • The Problem of the Rupee: Its Origin and Its Solution[41][42][43]
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), formed in 1934, was based on the ideas that Ambedkar presented to the Hilton Young Commission.[41][43][44][45]
    ranked no.1 in the list of colombians ahead of time
    (only one Indian in a list comprising 150 eminent students including nobel laureates over 250 years of history)
    Proof link:
    type “dr.b.r. ambedkar (colambia university no.1 talent)” in google search bar. sir ,you wil get the link
    most educated indian scholar !!! !! !

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