The Essential Writings of B.R. Ambedkar

Paperback | September 2, 2004

EditorValerian Rodrigues

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Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891-1956) is both the towering symbol of protest against age-old and contemporary forms of exploitation in India and a scholar-sage proposing fair terms of social association. An untouchable himself, he led a resolute and adroit struggle against untouchability andattempted to reformulate the terms of nationalist discourse in India. This selection draws from his major works, speeches, letters and memoranda.These writings span across forty years (1915-1956) and are organised into eleven sections: reminiscences, concepts, methodology, ideology, religion, caste, untouchability, identity, economics, nationalism, constitutionalism and law. The introduction by the editor Valerian Rodrigues provides aglimpse of his momentous life,the framework and content of his writings, and the reasons for his growing stature in India over the years. Every section and excerpts included within it are introduced and endnotes support citations and incomplete references in the excerpts. Suggestions for furtherreadings are offered through a classification of all his writings and speeches and writings on him and his work. The chronology of events anchors the context of the writings.The work is the first of its kind on Ambedkar and is a representative collection of the whole range of issues that engaged his attention. as the most comprehensive compilation on him and his works, this volume is going to be an indispensable reference for concerned students, scholars and activists.

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Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891-1956) is both the towering symbol of protest against age-old and contemporary forms of exploitation in India and a scholar-sage proposing fair terms of social association. An untouchable himself, he led a resolute and adroit struggle against untouchability andattempted to reformulate the terms of nationa...

Valerian Rodrigues is at Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:584 pages, 8.43 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:September 2, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Essential WritingsLife SketchThe Works of AmbedkarRelevance of Ambedkar todayReminiscence: On the Way to GoregaonConcepts: Religion and dhammaDemocracyFranchiseRepresentationRepresentation of MinoritiesUntouchabilityCaste and ClassMethodology: On Provincial FinanceOn UntouchablesIdeology: Ranade, Gandhi and JinnahCaste, Class and DemocracyGandhismBuddha or Karl MarxReligion: Krishna and His GitaThe Buddha and His PredecessorsDoes the Buddha Have a Social Message?Conversion ( Away from the Hindus )Caste: Castes in India: Their Origin. Mechanism and DevelopmentAnnihilation of CasteReply to the MahatmaUntouchability:Outside the FoldFrom Millions to FractionsThe Untouchables and the Pax BritannicaAn Anti-untouchability AgendaPolitical Safeguards for Depressed ClassesIdentity: Who are the Sudras? Origin of UntouchabilityEconomics: The Enlargement of the Scope of Provincial FinanceThe Silver Standard and theEvils of Its InstabilityNationalism:Is there a case for Pakistan? ( A Nationality Calling for a Home )Constitutionalsim and Law: Basic Features of the Indian ConstitutionThe Hindu Code BillFurther ReadingSources of SelectionChronologyGlossaryIndex