" Democracy was
also a great narrative and not merely a monolithic kind of democratic participation."

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Bk: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
Author: Dr. Suryanarayan Ransubhe
Pub: Radakrishna Paperbacks, New Delhi
Edition: Second- 1998; First- 1992
Price: Rs. 35/-
Pgs.: 131

The booklet attempts to discuss biographical and philosophical dimensions of Ambedkar. Before Ambedkar, the country was marked by a stubborn varna system and by social reform movements, like the Bhakti movement, to evolve an alternative paradigm. Born on April 14, 1891, Ambedkar struggled to obtain his education and succeeded in becoming both a scholar and a barrister. He led movements against untouchability and established educational institutions. He ardently advocated reconstruction of Indian society, fossilized by cultural stratifications. This to him required a religion. Buddhism to him was conveniently suited to those whose consciousness was to be re-born. Religion was for man and not vice-versa. His political philosophy is derived from humanism through Constitutionalism and Marxism. He did not favour villages to be at the center of the Constitution but man and humanism, and thus differed with Gandhi. Many social changes visible in modern India are contributions of Ambedkar.


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