Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar

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Prakash Ambedkar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
10 October 1999 (1999-10-10) – 6 February 2004 (2004-02-06)
Succeeded bySanjay Shamrao Dhotre
In office
10 March 1998 (1998-03-10) – 26 April 1999 (1999-04-26)
Preceded byPandurang Pundalik Fundkar
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
18 September 1990 (1990-09-18) – 17 September 1996 (1996-09-17)
Personal details
Born (1954-05-10) 10 May 1954 (age 69)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Political party
Anjali Ambedkar
(m. 1993)
ChildrenSujat Ambedkar (son)
Residence(s) • 129, Rajgruha, Hindu colony, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra
 • B-17, Patil Heritage Bhosale Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra
 • Akola, Maharashtra
EducationBachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
Alma materSt. Stanislaus High School
Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai
ProfessionAdvocate, Politician, Social worker
WebsitePrakashAmbedkar on Facebook
NicknameBalasaheb Ambedkar
Source: [[1]]

Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar (born 10 May 1954), popularly known as Balasaheb Ambedkar, is an Indian politician, writer and lawyer. He is the president of political party called Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh.[2] He is a three-time Member of Parliament (MP).[3] He was a member of the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha of India[4] and twice represented the Lok Sabha constituency of Akola, Maharashtra.[4] He has served in both houses of the Indian Parliament.[2][4]

Personal life[edit]

Prakash Ambedkar is the grandson of Indian statesman[5] and Dalit leader Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, and Ramabai. His father's name is Yashwant Ambedkar (Bhaiyasaheb) and mother's name is Meera. The Ambedkar family are followers of Buddhism.[6] He has two younger brothers Bhimrao & Anandraj and a sister Ramabai who is married to Anand Teltumbde. Prakash Ambedkar is married to Anjali Maydeo and they have a son named Sujat.[7]


CM KCR, Prakash Ambedkar infront of 125 feet Ambedkar Statue in Hyderabad

Prakash Ambedkar has organised mass rallies at the national level, including in response to the Riddles march case, Rohith Vemula suicide case, Ambedkar Bhavan demolition case, Unna Dalit atrocity case and 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case.[8][9]

Prakash Ambedkar is noted for having designed the political strategy known as the Akola Pattern of political organising to appeal to all excluded masses, including Dalits, Muslims and other excluded peoples.[10][11] The Akola Pattern is named after the Akola district of Maharashtra where Prakash Ambedkar's political party is based.[12]

In 2017, together with his son Sujat, Prakash Ambedkar relaunched Prabuddh Bharat (Enlightened India), the newspaper his grandfather Dr. B. R. Ambedkar founded in 1956.[13] Prakash Ambedkar has also been working to archive editions of the original Prabuddh Bharat from the 1950s, after copies were lost in the controversial demolition of the Buddha Bhushan printing press in 2016.[14]

Prakash Ambedkar has also worked to preserve his grandfather's legacy as architect of the Indian Constitution and has been quoted as saying "The country will survive only if the Constitution survives."[15]

Prakash Ambedkar attracted controversy and criticism after he threatened the Times Now anchor Anand Narsimhan to physically harm the anchor by saying that he would think what he could do to him if the governance gets changed.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Welcome to Maharashtra Political". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Biographical Sketch of Member of 13th Lok Sabha
  3. ^ Prakash Ambedkar son of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar | Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
  4. ^ a b c "Lok Sabha". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ Biswas, Soutik (10 April 2023). "BR Ambedkar: The unknown details of how he piloted Indian constitution". BBC.
  6. ^ "Vemula's mom, brother embrace Buddhism on Ambedkar Jayanti - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ "होम मिनिस्टर प्रा. अंजली मायदेव : महिला आघाडीची जबाबदारी". divyamarathi (in Marathi). Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "जानें महाराष्ट्र बंद का आह्वान करने वाले प्रकाश अंबेडकर कौन हैं?". Zee News Hindi. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  9. ^ "दोषियों पर अगर नहीं होगी कार्रवाई, तो हिंदुओं में भी पैदा होंगे हाफिज सईद : प्रकाश अंबेडकर". (in Hindi). Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  10. ^ Kamble, Swati (21 May 2019). "Despite political setbacks in India, Dalit voices grow stronger". The Conversation.
  11. ^ Wankhede, Harish S. (1 January 2019). "Prakash Ambedkar and the Future of Dalit Politics in Maharashtra". The Wire.
  12. ^ Kamble, Swati (21 May 2019). "Despite political setbacks in India, Dalit voices grow stronger". The Conversation.
  13. ^ Shantha, Sukanya (16 April 2018). "Ambedkar's Newspaper 'Prabuddh Bharat' is Back in a New Avatar". The Wire.
  14. ^ Shantha, Sukanya (16 April 2018). "Ambedkar's Newspaper 'Prabuddh Bharat' is Back in a New Avatar". The Wire.
  15. ^ "India survives, if Constitution survives: Prakash Ambedkar". Deccan Herald. 30 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Hum Tumhari ***** Maarenge!!! This is how grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar has openly threatened Times Now Senior Editor Anand Narasimhan on camera". Nagpur Today. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Bhima-Koregaon arrests: Prakash Ambedkar threatens Times Now Senior Editor Anand Narasimhan - WATCH". Times Now. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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