This is the highest civilian award of India.
He spent his whole life fighting against social discrimination, the system of Chaturvarna - the Hindu categorization of human society into four varnas - and the Indian caste system.
He was born into a poor Untouchable family in the British-founded town and military cantonment of Mhow in the Central Provinces (now in Madhya Pradesh).
Overcoming numerous social and financial obstacles, Ambedkar became one of the first "untouchables" to obtain a college education in India.
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