Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India

Gail Omvedt

Verlag: Penguin Books India, 2008
ISBN 10: 0143065904 / ISBN 13: 9780143065906
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?If Gandhi was Bapu, the ?father? of a society in which he tried to inject equality while maintaining the ?Hindu? framework, Ambedkar was Baba to his people and the great liberator from that framework.? Born in 1891 into an ?untouchable? family, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was witness to all the decisive phases of India`s freedom movement. While the well-known elite nationalists like Gandhi and Nehru led the struggle for political freedom from British colonial rule, Ambedkar fought a correlated but different struggle, one for the liberation of the most oppressed sections of Indian society. Ambedkar`s nationalism focussed on the building of a nation, on the creation of social equality and cultural integration in a society held enslaved for centuries by the unique tyrannies of caste and varna ideologies. His would be an enlightened India based on the values of liberty, equality and fraternity. In this concise biography, Gail Omvedt, a long-time researcher of Dalit politics and culture, presents with empathy Ambedkar`s struggle to become educated, overcome the stigma of untouchability and pursue his higher studies abroad. She portrays how he gradually rose to become a lawyer of international repute, a founder of a new order of Buddhism and a framer of India`s Constitution. Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India puts the man and his times in context and explains to a new generation of readers how he became a national and Dalit leader and an icon of the dispossessed. Printed Pages: 0. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: Several books have been written about Ambedkar before. Ambedkar: Towards An Enlightened India, written by an American scholar on India, concentrates on the social activist side of Ambedkar.

His efforts to bring social justice to the Dalits is the main focus of the book.

Ambedkar was himself born in a Dalit family, belonging to the Mahar community. Orthodox Hindus considered them untouchables, and Ambedkar had to undergo many humiliations because of this. He decided that the Dalits had to be brought out of the Hindu society to free them.

He often clashed with Gandhiji on this issue. While Gandhiji also worked against untouchability, he worked to integrate the untouchables, whom he called Harijans, into the mainstream Hindu community and just get rid of the evil practice of untouchability.

While Gandhiji and other nationalists sought to free the country from British rule, Ambedkar concentrated on efforts to free the marginalized communities from orthodox oppression.

He wanted to create a society that would deliver justice to these communities and provide them with equal opportunities to live life with dignity and respect. He wanted to erase all the effects of the centuries of indignities they had suffered.

In Ambedkar: Towards An Enlightened India, the author traces Ambedkar s life, from his childhood, to his struggles to overcome the hurdles placed in his path by the caste system, to his rise as one of the most highly respected leaders of the country

About the Author: Gail Omvedt is an American born scholar on Indian studies.

Other books by this author - Gender and Technology: Emerging Asian Visions, Dalits and the Democratic Revolution, and Growing Up Untouchable: A Dalit Autobiography Among Others.

Her books reflect her ideas on caste and gender based discrimination.

Gail Omvedt was born in Minneapolis. She earned a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She moved to India and has been an Indian citizen since 1983. She is a social activist, involved in anti-caste, women s rights and environmental movements.

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Titel: Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India
Verlag: Penguin Books India
Erscheinungsdatum: 2008
Einband: Softcover
Zustand: New

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