Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

Chandrashekhar Azad (born 3 December 1986) is an Indian social activist, Ambedkarite activist, and lawyer. He is the co-founder and president of Bhim Army.[1]

Chandrashekhar Azad
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Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan in 2019
Born3 December 1986
EducationBachelor of Law
Alma materUniversity of Lucknow
OccupationLawyer, Dalit rights activist
OrganizationBhim Army

Early lifeEdit

Azad hails from Ghadkhauli village of Saharanpur, Western Uttar Pradesh. His father Govardhan Das retired as a principal of a government school. He came to prominence as a Dalit leader after a hoarding titled The Great Chamars of Ghadkhauli Welcome You was installed by him on the outskirts of his village.[2][3][4]

Bhim ArmyEdit

Azad, Satish Kumar, and Vinay Ratan Singh founded Bhim Army in 2014, an organization that works for the emancipation of Dalits through education in India. It runs free schools for Dalits in the western Uttar Pradesh.[2]


Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan at Jama Masjid, Delhi, during the anti CAA protests.
  • He was arrested in relation to the Saharanpur violence incident.[5] Azad was arrested under the National Security Act by the Uttar Pradesh Government. Afterwards he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court noting that the arrests were politically motivated, but was continuously imprisoned by the state government.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "My Son a Dalit Revolutionary, Says Bhim Army Chief's Mother". News18. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Trivedi, Divya (2 February 2018). "Fighting spirit". Frontline. The Hindu Group. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ Doval, Nikita (9 June 2017). "Chandrashekhar Azad—The man in the blue scarf". Mint. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ Tiwary, Deeptiman (26 June 2018). "Walking the faultlines: The Bhim Army has been slowly gaining ground among Dalits locally". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 20 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ "14 दिन की हिरासत में रावण, गिरफ्तारी के पीछे गर्लफ्रेंड का हाथ". (in Hindi). 9 June 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Bhim Army's Chandrashekhar Azad Arrested Day After Protest In Old Delhi".