Congress Gandhi and Ambedkar : Assessment and Observations of Untouchability

Sheshrao Chavan, Authorspress, 2012, xxviii, 252 p, ISBN : 9788172735722, $42.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Congress Gandhi and Ambedkar : Assessment and Observations of UntouchabilityContents: Foreword. Introduction. 1. A strange event. 2. A shabby show. 3. A mean deal. 4. An abject surrender. 5. A political charity. 6. A false claim. 7. A false charge. 8. The real issue. 9. A plea to the foreigner. 10. What do untouchables say? 11. Gandhism. 12. Trading in bogeys. 13. Reduction ad absurdum. 14. Wounded vanity. 15. A hard bargain. 16. The missing chapter. 17. A calumny. 18. Tirade against Gandhiji. 19. Caricature of Gandhism. 20. Conclusion. 21. Objective assessment of Gandhi and Ambedkar. Index.

Gandhi and Ambedkar occupied a dominant place in Indian politics. They stamped, each in his own way, on Indian politics certain features that have shaped the course of Indian politics during independence movement and after as well. These features are still in operation in India even after their passing away. What is needed is a deeper probe into the philosophical and theoretical grounds on which both these leaders diverged and diverged sometimes very sharply. In tracing these grounds, adequate attention must be given to the times in which they lived and worked, and the forces they encountered and were influenced by.

Referring to the differences between Gandhi and Ambedkar, Robert Deliege calls it one of the most significant episodes of decolonization. For Ambedkar's conflict with Gandhi was not a drawing room disagreement, or a power struggle between two great men, it was a crucial debate, the outcome of which was to affect millions of lives.

Gandhi and Ambedkar differed fundamentally in their thought-ways and work-ways even though they shared a common environment. It is this fundamental difference that gets its reflection in their respective views. The book contains in brief the charges leveled by Dr. Ambedkar against the Congress and Gandhi, and the replies given to them by K. Santhanam. It is for the readers to study them with an open mind and form their own opinion. And express the same, if they so desire, through press and/or public platform. (jacket)
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