Waiting for a Visa, a Book By Br Ambedkar
Bhim Rao Ambedkar famously known as Babasaheb Ambedkar was an economist, jurist, politician, and activist who fought against social inequality that existed in India, particularly towards the untouchables.
Born in a Dalit Mahar family in Western India, Ambedkar too, was a victim of social discrimination at the hands of his high-caste school students. The social trauma and social exclusion encountered by the untouchables were deeply felt by Ambedkar and quick to empathize with them. Here is one of his very famous books.
An autobiographical account, ‘Waiting for A Visa’ is a book where Babasaheb explains key moments of his life, be it good/unpleasant. He highlights the discrimination he faced throughout his life, ranging from not being allowed to drink water since he belonged to the Mahar community to not getting a place to stay, Ambedkar has lived through tumultuous times.
Babasaheb spent a couple of years in the States and upon return to India, he became a probationer. On his arrival, Babasaheb looked for a place to stay but soon realized that no Hindu hotels would grant him entry because of his caste. He found a Parsi Inn which was only meant for the Parsis. Pleading the inn-keeper, they reached an agreement, according to which Ambedkar gave his name as Parsi. On his day eleventh-day other Parsis got know, infuriated armed men threw him out of the inn eventually forcing him to leave for Bombay in search of work.
Another very pertinent case that he highlights, is of a doctor that didn’t treat a woman because she was a Harijan. Later, the woman died.
Babasaheb stands as an inspiration to all activists trying to revive the social fabric that India was originally known for. Despite his heroic efforts, unfortunately, the caste system is still omnipresent and has reached every corner of the country. The institutional murder of Rohith Vemula stands as a testimony to this. Ambedkar has left an indelible mark with his detailed writing and his legacy must live on.