Ambedkar: What the Dalit icon wrote of Islam

    In his book, “Pakistan or the Partition of India”, towards the end of Chapter 4, Ambedkar writes, “The Muslim invaders, no doubt, came to India singing a hymn of hate against the Hindus. … Its (Islam’s) growth is so thick in Northern India that the remnants of Hindu and Buddhist culture are just shrubs. … Continue reading

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part II

In the last post, I discussed the differences in Gandhi’s and Ambedkar’s attitudes towards civil disobedience of law in a democracy, and thus distinction in their visions of democracy itself. In this post, I continue on those differences to illustrate how Ambedkar’s model of democracy has some disturbing implications on freedom and is liable to … Continue reading

Civil Disobedience in a Democratic Regime | Gandhi versus Ambedkar, Part I

The notion of civil disobedience in a democratic scheme of things might seem contradictory. If a person willfully disobeys the law enacted by a government elected fair and square by popular vote, to most people there seems to be little reason to allow for such disobedience under law. However what such arguments fail to appreciate … Continue reading

the ‘Grammar of Anarchy’ speech: B. R. Ambedkar

If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgment we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we … Continue reading