17 June, 2021

Join The March For The Riddles

The vast trove of Ambedkar’s writings is culled for a greater understanding of this intellectual titan

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Join The March For The Riddles

In 1991, an oncologist, an economist and a police officer compiled excerpts of Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s thoughts on various subjects as The Essential Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. This was one of the compilations on writings and speeches of Ambedkar that floo­ded his birth centenary year in 1991. Ano­ther 25 years later, economist-parli­amentarian Bhalchandra Mungekar att­empts to crystallise in 437 pages the vast repository of Ambedkar’s thoughts. These are selective pickings from Maharashtra government’s seventeen volumes of compilations of Ambedkar’s speeches and writings and Marathi biographies of Ambedkar.

After the mahaparinirvan of Ambedkar in 1956 there was a deadlock on the permission to bring out his unp­ublished writings, which were in the custody of the Court Receiver of the Maharashtra government. Dalit Panther J.V. Pawar reminiscences in his memoirs, Ambedkarite Movement After Ambedkar (2016), that in the late 1970s Ambedkar’s wife Savita Ambedkar and son Yashwant Ambedkar agreed to pub­lish his works...

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