Book Review: The Essential Writings of B.R. Ambedkar


Source – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1821010921?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

The above book is a collection of essays that he wrote, so it is not a book as such but a collection of his articles.

I first started reading about Ambedkar ~2011 from here – http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/wp…. It really explained how Ambedkar was vastly misunderstood in the public space.

And it was then that I started reading his articles. A lot of them are very sensible, and good critiques of both Gandhism and of course Hindutva. Some of the essays that I liked from the collection are –
– Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah
– Caste, class and Democracy
– Buddha and Karl Marx
– Is there a case for Pakistan
– The Hindu Code Bill

On reading his writings one gets the sense that he was probably the more sensible and less emotional sorts from the freedom fighting generation. I feel people should take time out and read atleast a few of his articles.

A special mention for his writing style, though most of his subjects were very complex he writes in a very simple and clear language. Needless to say the reading is very heavy and the essays I have read are over a period of 5 years.

Pretty interesting interview from him –

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