“No Peon, No Water” – This Childhood Story of B. R. Ambedkar, the Principal Architect of The Constitution of India will compel you to think about caste system of India

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Caste system has deep roots in India. People who belong to lower caste know the pain. Here we are sharing shocking story of childhood life of B. R. Ambedkar, the Principal Architect of The Constitution of India that will make you angry about the caste system of India.

Ambedkar was born into a poor low Mahar (dalit) caste, who were treated as untouchables and subjected to socio-economic discrimination. Ambedkar’s ancestors had long worked for the army of the British East India Company, and his father served in the British Indian Army at the Mhow cantonment.

Although they attended school, Ambedkar and other untouchable children were segregated and given little attention or help by teachers. They were not allowed to sit inside the class. When they needed to drink water, someone from a higher caste had to pour that water from a height as they were not allowed to touch either the water or the vessel that contained it.

This task was usually performed for the young Ambedkar by the school peon, and if the peon was not available then he had to go without water; he described the situation later in his writings as “No peon, No Water”. He was required to sit on a gunny sack which he had to take home with him.

This is really shocking. Hope someday, caste system will end in India.


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