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Swaraj hamare Upar Raj

Booklet : Swaraj hamare Upar Raj
(Swaraj: Rule over us)
Author : B.R. Ambedker
Publisher : Kanchan Prakashan, Delhi
First Edition : 2002
Price : Rs. 50/- only
Pages : 95

The booklet is a collection of editorials written by Ambedker in the fortnightly journal ‘Mook Nayak’ (The Silent Hero) from 31st January 1920 to 28th August 1920. To him, inequality in India was multilayered. Dalit suffered from a plethora of social ills, leading to their animal-level existence. Swaraj, demanded by Gandhi, meant rules of upper castes and in this even Muslims were cooperating. The dalits, according to him, could hit at the root of slavery only if they asserted for their rights. Brahmanism was the essence of Congress, and its leaders opted for selective amnesia on the question of equality in the European sense. Seclusion of dalits could be uprooted only through education and right to vote, and not by worshiping the ghost of the past. Tilak entertained ambition to retain caste-values and the Shankaracharyas joined national movement to counter the dalit challenge in a covert manner. Muslims were equally frustrated with growing dalit strength. Without separate electorate for dalits, there could be no freedom for them.


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