Ambedkar and Grievances of Scheduled Castes

Ravindra Prasad Singh, ABD Publishers, 2010, vi, 280 p, ISBN : 9788183762526, $44.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Ambedkar and Grievances of Scheduled Castes

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The grievances of Dalits. 3. Ambedkar on theories of the origin of untouchability. 4. Ambedkar on Tyranny of Hindus. Bibliography. Index.

"Dr. Ambedkar was as much a doer as a thinker and he fiercely and ceaselessly fought for capture of this lawmaking power by the depressed classes. He organized Mahad Satyagraha in spite of great risk to himself personally and to the members of his community. He fought for separate electorate for the depressed classes as he thought that the representatives elected by joint electorate would not wholeheartedly fight for the cause of Dalits. Due to Mahatma Gandhi's fast unto death against the communal award, Dr. Ambedkar did not succeed in securing a separate electorate for the Dalits, yet he got more seats for Dalits by way of reservations in legislature. As chairman of the committee to draft the Indian constitution, he ensured provision of reservation in legislature for 10 years (initially). Moreover, reservation in recruitment of scheduled castes/scheduled tribes to various services was also provided in the constitution. This ensured entry of Dalits in the administrative machinery which implements the policies of the government. The book presents a lucid exposition of the attitude adopted by the judiciary, bureaucracy, institutions, policy makers towards the vice versa development, and well being and needs of the hapless majority."

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