appears that anger and perseverance are the two most important qualities that stand out in
Ambedkars life. This is true from one point of view. The Hindus had called some
people untouchables and treated them very unjustly. This went on for hundreds
of years. Ambedkar struggled hard to strengthen his people; he knew that those who are
weak are bound to suffer. Once he said,"Goats are sacrificed, not lions. He
attacked like lightening those who practised injustice. He opposed the British, he opposed
the Hindu that were victims of the past, he opposed even Gandhiji, he opposed the
Government of free India; he brought justice to the untouchables. At times his
own life was in danger; but he gave no thought to it.
It is important to notice another aspect of his Himalayan personality. He was very
learned. At school he was not allowed to study Sanskrit, but later in life he did learn
Sanskrit. As the president of the peoples Education Society he opened a number of
schools and colleges; as a result people of backward classes could get education.
He spent some days in Aurangabad. He saw that there were no plants or trees in the bit
compound of the college. He said that any one who wanted to meet him should plant a
sapling; otherwise he (Ambedkar) would not see him. In a few days more than a hundred
saplings appeared inside the compound. Once in front of a hostel he saw shrubs. He himself
began to clean the ground with a pick-axe and shovel.
The root of his anger was kindness. It is no wonder that at the end he turned to
Buddha, the ocean of compassion. His heart melted in pity when he saw those
who, born as men, lived worse than animals, without the respect and the justice every man
should receive. That is why he opposed untouchability. He felt that men need
Dharma. "Food alone is not enough. Man has a mind, which also requires food. Dharma
gives man hope and makes him active" he said. There was an old man among his
followers. Once he went to Ambedkar. He said he had made avow to God and he begged for
Ambedkars permission to carry out the vow. Ambedkar said with a smile, "Who
told you that I have no faith in God? Go, do as you wish." Once an old lady knocked
at his door at early in the morning. Weeping, she said, "My husband is very sick. I
tried for 12 hours to admit him to the hospital. They said that there was no room in the
hospital." Ambedkar himself went with her and admitted her husband to the hospital.
Once, when Dr. Ambedkar resigned as Principal, a boy came to him crying. He was a
Brahmin boy. He was very poor. He had a scholarship for two years. He was doubtful whether
he would get it during the last year of his stay. Ambedkar was grieved at his story. He
comforted him. He made him sit with him for food. Then he gave him fifty rupees. He patted
him on his back and said "if you are in trouble again, come and tell me."
When Ambedkar himself was in poor health, he heard that his gardener was not well. He
took another man with him and, using a stick for support, went to see the gardener.
"Who will look after my wife, if I should die?" this thought troubled the
gardener. Ambedkar comforted him. He said "Do not cry, everyone has to die one day or
the other. I too have to die one day. Be brave. I will send you medicine. You will be all
right." He sent the medicine.
The very next day Ambedkar died in his sleep.