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Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability Fighting the Indian Caste System

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ISBN-10: 0231136021

ISBN-13: 9780231136020

Edition: 2005

Authors: Christophe Jaffrelot

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Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891--1956) rose from a community of "untouchables," to become a major figure in modern Indian history. Christophe Jaffrelot's biography reconsiders Dr. Ambedkar's life and thought and his unique combination of pragmatism and idealism. Establishing himself as a scholar, activist, journalist, and educator, Ambedkar ultimately found himself immersed in Indian politics and helped to draft the nation's constitution as law minister in Nehru's first cabinet. Ambedkar's ideas remain an inspiration to India's Dalit community.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/6/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

Christophe Jaffrelot is director of the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI). He is the author of India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Caste in North Indiaand The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, which the New York Review of Bookshailed as "a scholarly tour de force."

Acknowledgements
Maps
Introduction: The First Dalit Leader of India
Maharashtra between Social Reform and anti-Brahmin Mobilisation
Maharashtra and its socio-political system
The questioning of the social order during the nineteenth century
Ambedkar: Son of a Mahar Soldier
Mahars, first of the last
The family environment: the army and Western education under princely patronage
Analysing and Ethnicising Caste to Eradicate it More Effectively
Inventing a golden age for the lower castes: the prestige of autochthony
How to resist Sanskritisation?
In the Political Arena, against Gandhi
Reserved seats or separate electorates?
Arm wrestling with Gandhi and the Poona Pact
Ambedkar and the Arya Samaj
Searching for an Electoral Strategy
The ILP, or how to defend workers without being a Marxist
The Scheduled Castes' Federation and caste politics
From the SCF to the RPI-a return to the ILP?
Opposition or Collaboration? Ambedkar's Pragmatism and Resilience
The British-objective allies?
Ambedkar, a Dalit leader in the establishment of post-1947 India
Shaping the Indian Constitution
The 'False Manu'?
The revenge on Gandhi of a westernised democrat
The Hindu Code Bill and the break with Nehru
The 'Solution' of Conversion
Conversion, a strategy of social emancipation?
The choice of Buddhism as an egalitarian creed
The Impact and Relevance of Ambedkar Today
The target of Gandhians and Hindu nationalists
Collaborator with the British and gravedigger of social reform?
The political legacy of Ambedkar: posterity or treason?
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index