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Conceiving a New Public: Ambedkar on Universities

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Asha Singh & Nidhin Donald Dr. B.R. Ambedkar conceptualizes education as a ‘vital need’ which helps us fight notions of ‘inescapable fate’ or ‘ascriptions of caste or religion’. He counted education as a socially inherited value which defines one’s access to power. Education was always a keyword, an indicator which he applied on issues of …

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Need for Political Power for Depressed Classes: Babasaheb Ambedkar

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(Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s speech at the Plenary Session, Fifth Sitting of the Round Table Conference on 20th November 1930) “Mr. Chairman, my purpose in rising to address this conference is principally to place before it the point of view of the depressed classes, whom I and my colleague, Rao Bahadur Srinivasan, have the …


Dhammachakra Pravartan Day: The Psychological Impact of Conversion

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  Dhamma Darshan Nigam   At the historical Yeola conference, in Nasik district, on 13th October 1935, Dr. Ambedkar exhorted the Depressed Classes to leave Hinduism and embrace another religion. He declared: ‘I was born as a Hindu but I will not die as a Hindu’. And finally on 14th and 15th October 1956 Ambedkar …


Shahu Maharaj, the original champion of right to education

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  Ram Gaikwad Introduction Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj was the great king (1894–1922) of the princely state of Kolhapur of Maharashtra. Chh. Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj realized the importance of education for all. At present, the Government of India and state governments have adopted the same strategy of providing free primary education to all. But even …


Independent Labour Party & the Legacy of Ambedkar as Organizer

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  Syamasundar Unnamati “I am a man of character” – Dr. Ambedkar Dr. Ambedkar was not only a rebel intellectual but also a great organizer with vision. His organizing skills played a crucial role in the success of all the movements he led. His highly motivational and emotional speeches inculcated discipline among the Depressed Class …


75 years ago: Ambedkar joins as Viceroy’s Executive Labour Member

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  Syamasundar Unnamati It was an epoch-making event in the history of modern India when Dr. Ambedkar joined the British Viceroy’s Executive Council as Labour Member on 20th July 1942. Dr. Ambedkar truly represented the working class all his life. Once, in his childhood, he even wanted to become a mill worker. In the words …


Ambedkar’s Visit to Mahad as Labour Member of Viceroy’s Executive Council

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  Syamasundar Unnamati “The Press is an accomplice of the Congress” – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar The colonial Indian Press was very biased against the grievances of the Depressed Classes. Until Dr. Ambedkar became part of the Bombay Legislative Council, the grievances of the Depressed Classes were not addressed by the Press seriously. When the …


Muslims Became Brahmins – Article by Babasaheb, translated from Marathi

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~This article had been originally published in the Mooknayak on 14th of February,1920. This is written by Dr.B.R.Ambedkar in Marathi. It is also there in Vol 19, Chapter 7 in Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches(BAWS).The article has been translated to English by Vinay Shende, who is an Ambedkarite working in the Corporate Sector. Any mistakes …


The Long Exit: Conferences of the Depressed Classes During the 1930s

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  Gerard Baared [The long exit from Hinduism/Brahmanism for the ‘untouchables’ is naturally an ongoing movement, given the scale of the task, the multiple levels of responsibilities to understand, process and communicate people’s aspirations regarding their rights, and the complex logistic factors to be dealt with. The term exit predicates an imagined or real inclusion, …