Lest we forget

3 April 1927: Dr. Babasahed Ambedkar started ‘Bahishkrit Bharat’ a Marathi
fortnightly Explaining the aim of the newspaper he had observed that he had
taken to the profession of a lawyer because he felt that one’s attempt at
conducting a newspaper for the welfare of the people, should always be
backed up by an independent profession for one’s personal livelihood. Thus
he had realized that financial independence facilitated the work of a public
worker. Justifying the need for a mouthpiece for the Depressed Classes,
Ambedkar said that in the ensuing political reforms which he expected to be
effected by 1930, if the untouchables failed to secure representation in
proportion of their population, they would be doomed.

4 April 1906: Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkars marriage to Ramabai. Dr. Ambedkar was 15
years old while Ramabai was 9 years old at the time of their marriage. The
place where their marriage took place was a strange one. It was the open
shed of the Byculla market in Bombay. After the day’s market was over, at
night the bridegroom and his men lodged in one spacious corner of the open
shed, and other corner was occupied by the bride and her relatives. Small
gutters of dirty water flowed underneath their feet. The little stone –
platforms in the market served them as benches, and the whole market place
served as a marriage hall. The marriage took place with due ceremony and
jollity and the people quit the place in the morning before the arrival of
fisher women. The bride’s real name was Rami and she was renamed Ramabai
after the marriage.

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