Ambedkar is easily one of the finest Indian thinkers ever. Academically, he has a degree in law, a Masters in economics (from London School of Economics), and a doctorate in social sciences (from Columbia University). At Columbia he majored in sociology and economics for his M.A. with a smattering of anthropology, politics and philosophy as other subjects. He also had a stint at University of Bonn. His experience ranges from being a untouchable boy to the principal architect of India’s Constitution. He started and ran a political party and is arguably the most influential person ever in politicizing Dalits towards demanding a better lives for themselves.
This breadth of thinking and experience makes Ambedkar a fascinating and a purposeful writer. Many of his works are now available online at Ambedkar.org, and the collection is growing. This is a fantastic resource for anyone thinking of social issues in India today. Being a Dalit, a politician, lawyer and a framer of the most fascinating constitutiosn in the world, Ambedkar is specially interesting for those interested in the role of instituitons in development.