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‘Ambedkar Jeevan Darshan’ (Life and Philosophy of Ambedkar)

Booklet: ‘Ambedkar Jeevan Darshan’ (Life and Philosophy of Ambedkar)
Author: Cahndrika Pradsad Jigyasu
Publication: Bahujan Kalyan Prakashan, Lucknow
Edition: 1993
Price: Rs. 2/-
Pages: 15

Ambedkar was a perfect man of his age, with his mental faculties fully developed. Born in an outcaste family, he was admitted in school through the efforts of a British officer. Humiliations in school failed to deter him from studies. With a pertinacious spirit, he worked as a coolie at Bombay and Satara railway stations. He went to America for further studies on receipt of scholarship from the ruler of Baroda. On his return, he crusaded against Hindu dogmatism, attempted forceful entry into Kaleram temple in Maharastra, and protested against denial of natural resources like rivers and ponds to the untouchables. An opponent of communism, he found in it inbuilt potentialities for dictatorship. Democracy, based on healthy opposition and periodical election was best. After Poona Pact in 1922, he lost his faith in Hinduism. His nomination on Constituent Assembly was made to pull him away from social activism. When he found it difficult to live in the Hindu fold, he undertook religious reform, as Brahminism was too impedimental for the progress of untouchables. Writing extensively on Buddhism, he embraced it with two-lakh followers in 1956. He was helpless to be born a Hindu, but free to die a Buddhist.


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