CHAPTER II A NATION CALLING FOR A HOME That there are factors, administrative, linguistic or cultural, which are the predisposing causes behind these demands for separation, is a fact which is admitted and understood by all. Nobody minds these demands and many are prepared to concede them. But, the Hindus say that the Muslims are … Continue reading AMBEDKAR ON NATIONALISM
An excerpt from BAWS, Vol.4 There are various forms of Government known to history—Monarchy, Aristocracy and Democracy to which may be added Dictatorship. The most prevalent form of Government at the present time is Democracy. There is however no unanimity as to what constitutes Democracy. When one examines the question one finds that there are … Continue reading DEMOCRACY AND HINDU SOCIAL SYSTEM
The untouchables were forced to sign the Poona Pact under the impact of the coercive fast of Mr.Gandhi. Dr. Ambedkar denounced it the very next day expressing his views, “The untouchables were sad. They had every reason to be sad.” He kept denouncing it till the end of his life in 1956. He denounced it … Continue reading DENUNCIATION OF POONA PACT
PREFACE The Deccan Sabha of Poona invited me to deliver an address on the 101st birthday of the late Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade which it proposed to celebrate and which fell on the18th January 1940. I was not very willing to accept the invitation. For I knew that my views on social and political problems, a discussion of vvhich could not be avoided in a discourseon Ranade, would not very pleasing to the audience and even perhaps to the members of the Deccan Sabha. in the end I accepted … Continue reading RANADE, GANDHI AND JINNAH
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. Democracy is not a Form of Government, but a form of social organization. The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India. Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the … Continue reading AQ!
[Reproduced from the handwritten Ms—ed] It is impossible to believe that Hindus will ever be able to absorb the Untouchables in their society. Their Caste System and the Religion completely negative any hope being entertained in this behalf. Yet there are incorrigible optimists more among the Hindus than among the Untouchables, who believe in the … Continue reading WITH THE HINDUS
[1:] Not only has the Hindu made no effort for the humanitarian cause of civilizing the savages, but the higher-caste Hindus have deliberately prevented the lower castes who are within the pale of Hinduism from rising to the cultural level of the higher castes. I will give two instances, one of the Sonars and the … Continue reading THE HIGHER CASTES HAVE CONSPIRED TO KEEP THE LOWER CASTES DOWN