India witnessed the works of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Virchand Gandhi; Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Dhondo Keshav Karve in the field of women empowerment. Quite parallel to it were the works of Dr. Ambedkar who has done an enormous work in promoting in the welfare of the women in his country. His legal bearings and a deep understanding of the society he lived in acted like a guiding star to show him the way. Things were not a piece of cake, he had to meet differences and difficulties in bringing about reforms but like a hard taskmaster he did it with utter hope of uplifting the plight of women. The following section holds weight to the above argument.
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DR. AMBEDKAR AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Dr. Ambedkar slogged and went to utmost extremities for the upliftment of downtrodden and untouchables. He was strongly against untouchability and fought with determined voice for the backwards to live with respect and honour and to be ascertain of their rights. He championed the cause for liberty, fraternity and equality of every individual, especially considering to take the backward classes in the main stream of society and nation. Through his involvements he gave strength to the downtrodden class from rural area and small non-urban villages to fight against injustice, many a times he had to lead the movements on such occasions coming down on streets. He spent all his life in fighting/debating with the people who were well settled and established in society ignoring the rights of backward classes.
It is chanted that the worth of civilization can be arbitrated by the place given to women in the society. One of the important aspects of the movements led by Ambedkar was the participation of women along with men in it. Hence, the role of women in the inclusive transformation of society was noteworthy. He was completely aware of the natural and inner strength of women, and he knew that the defensive skills of women could be used to their advantage during difficult situations. Ambedkar gave ardent importance on the education of girls and women. It was he who made an announcement, “Learn get together and Fight.” He strongly believed that if a boy gets education, he is the only person to get educated in a family, and if a girl child does then the whole family is benefitted. In total, he continuously persisted on the education of girls and women for the all-round development and progress of all the suppressed classes. The backward classes were living a miserable life which was comparable to that of animal. They were totally neglected in society, and in worse case women were struggling hard even more than men of the backward classes. Babasaheb found the only weapon to fight against all sorts of abuses and discrimination in society was by educating women along with men.
 ‘Caste in India: their mechanism, genesis and development’, paper presented by Dr. Ambedkar at an Anthropology Seminar taught by Dr. A. A. Goldenweizer, Columbia University, 9th May, 1916. Text first printed in Indian Antiquary Vol. XLI (May 1917).
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