Contents: Preface. Contributors. General introduction/Nandu Ram. I. Ambedkar's thoughts and philosophy: 1. B.R. Ambedkar and the reorganization of Indian states: critical appreciation/T.K. Oommen. 2. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: critique and reconstruction/Y.B. Damle. 3. Liberty, equality, community: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's vision of a new social order/Gail Omvedt. 4. Ambedkar abroad/Eleanor Zelliot. II. Dalits and their assertion: 5. Towards understanding the Modern Dalit Movement/John C.B. Webster. 6. Beyond "untouchability"?: challenging the primacy of the untouchables-caste Hindu divide/Simon R. Charsley. III. Ambedkar, Dalits and Buddhism: 7. Buddhist religion and indigenous cultures: some historical observations in regard to modern myths on new and Old Indian Buddhism/Edmund Weber. 8. Engaged Buddhism and the roots of violence/Christopher S. Queen. 9. From Bhakti to Buddhism: case of Dalits in North India/Maren Bellwinkel Schempp. Index.
"Ambedkar, Dalits and Buddhism is a collection of Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Annual Lectures, including one special lecture, delivered by a number of scholars during the period 1995-2007. The thoughts and philosophy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has inspired the toiling masses, particularly Dalits, to march ahead for self-liberation and development.
Several distinguished social scientists, from India and abroad, have analysed his writings and contributions to the nation building and the deconstruction of the Hindu social order and construction of a new social order based on equality, liberty and fraternity. His scientific, rational and temporal interpretation of Buddhism and contributions to its revival and growth in India have also been highlighted. All the lectures, except the special lecture, have already been printed but they are being published in a book form in order to serve a wider readership." (jacket)