Ambedkar and India’s Freedom Struggle
Dr. Ambedkar's legacy as a socio-political reformer had
a deep effect on modern India. He believed that India was liberated
by the British rule, but not from the problems that existed in India. In 1927, Ambedkar had decided to launch active
movements against untouchability. He began with public movements and marches to open up
public drinking water resources. He also began a struggle for the right to
enter Hindu temples.
He led a Satyagraha in Mahad to fight for the right of the untouchable community to
draw water from the main water tank of the town. In 1930, Ambedkar launched
Kalaram temple movement, about 15,000 volunteers assembled at Kalaram temple Satygraha by making it as one of the greatest processions of Nasik. One of the chief tasks that pre-dated
the struggle was to unite the Indians, who were divided in every possible way
like caste, class, community, religion. Though some movements were initiated by
others, the complete unification of the backward classes to the struggle was
achieved by Ambedkar. He was able to imbibe the modern western ideas like Rule
of Law, Equality before law onto the Indian classes.