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On the Ambedkar–Gandhi Debate

In response to the discussions around Arundhati Roy’s introduction to B R Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, this article draws on Ambedkar’s views on caste in government policy to reiterate his continuing relevance today.


This is with reference to the two articles on “Untouchability” by S Sarukkai and Gopal Guru (EPW, 12 September 2009). Both are densely argued and enlarge our understanding of untouchability by focusing the discussion, through the philosophy of touch, on the distorted mind of the brahmins.

Suffering and 'Lived Experience'

This letter grows out of Sundar Sarukkai’s analysis of Gopal Guru’s premise that ‘‘lived experience” is a precondition for a scholar to theorise about that experience; otherwise it will be theoretical exploitation and necessarily inauthentic (October 6, 2007).

Leaders and Their Struggles

Caste and Race: Comparative Study of B R Ambedkar and Martin Luther King (Jr) by Mohan Dass Namishray; Rawat Publications, Jaipur and New Delhi, 2003;

B R Ambedkar, W E B DuBois and the Process of Liberation

B R Ambedkar's American 'experience' helped him hone his commitment to a pragmatic, flexible democratic system. For most authors, Ambedkar was not influenced by the Black American struggle, though his stay in America coincided with an efflorescence of Black protest literature. Instead he used his knowledge of American culture to analyse his own country's social situation. This essay analyses the writings of Ambedkar and W E B DuBois as both sought a way out to liberate their long oppressed peoples.

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