Ramabai Ambedkar Jayanti: Some lesser-known facts about BR Ambedkar's wife on her birth anniversary

Ramabai Ambedkar Jayanti: Some lesser-known facts about BR Ambedkar's wife on her birth anniversary

Ramabai Ambedkar was the wife of Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution. On her birth anniversary, here are some lesser-known facts about Ramabai Ambedkar.

Ramabai Ambedkar was the wife of Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution. She is fondly remembered as Ramai or Mother Rama because of her humility and compassion.

Ramabai was born to a poor Dalit family on 7 February 1898. She had a huge impact on Babasaheb Ambedkar’s life.

Ramabai Ambedkar Jayanti: Some lesser-known facts about BR Ambedkar's wife on her birth anniversary
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On her birth anniversary, here are some lesser-known facts about Ramabai Ambedkar:

  • Mata Ramabai was born to Bhiku Dhatre and Rukmini in 1898. Her father used to carry fish baskets to the market from Dabhol harbour to earn a living.

  • Ramabai lost both her parents very early in life. She and her siblings were raised by her uncles in Bombay.

  • She married BR Ambedkar in 1906. At the time of their wedding, Ramabai Ambedkar was nine years old, while Babasaheb was 15. Ramabai used to call her husband 'Saheb' while he used to fondly call her 'Ramu'.

  • Ramabai Ambedkar was supportive of her husband's ambitions and encouraged him to go abroad for higher studies.

  • The couple had a daughter (Indu) and four sons (Yashwant, Gangadhar, Ramesh and Rajratna). Yashwant was the only child to survive to adulthood of the couple's five children.

  • After a prolonged illness, Ramabai Ambedkar passed away on May 26, 1935. She was married to Ambedkar for 29 years.

  • Ambedkar acknowledged the impact Ramabai had on his life on the launch of his book Thoughts on Pakistan. He dedicated the book to Ramabai.

  • In some television shows and films, Ramabai Ambedkar's impact on her husband is portrayed, such as in the TV series 'Ek Mahanayak Dr BR Ambedkar'.

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