Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Ambedkar is one of our key antidotes."

Mr.Bal has very interesting article on “The Absence of Ambedkar”, in which he writes: 
  • This is no surprise, while there is widespread public admiration for Ambedkar in India, there is little or no appreciation of his ideas.  Even the public admiration is quite often a façade, with the caste elite in India reserving their contempt for the privacy of their homes much as they would their anti-Muslim sentiments. As a result of a few government presses and new publishers such as Navayana, Ambedkar’s own writings are now accessible to those willing to make the effort but we are still far from a good biography of the man or a critical engagement with his ideas. 

  • Ambedkar matters at least as much as Jawaharlal Nehru, and far more than Gandhi, in understanding contemporary India.

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