Newsclick talked to Badal Saroj, CPI(M) state secretary, Madhya Pradesh, on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He talked about the contribution of Ambedkar on labour right, women movement along with the social upliftment of the depressed casts. He said that Ambedkar’s role in strengthening of labour rights cannot be ignored. The BJP and RSS has constantly tried to appropriate Ambedkar, which is ironic. Ambedkar always stood firm against their brand of communal politics. He categorically wrote against manusmriti, which the RSS wanted to replace the constitution with. Ambedkar’s progressive ideas are essentially antithetical to the right-wing politics.