Writings and Speeches of Dr.B. R. Ambedkar

WRITINGS AND SPEECHES OF DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR AS APEARED IN VOLUMES COMPILED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT,GOVERNMENT OF MAHARASTRA. Volume 1 Castes in India; Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development • Paper • 9thMay 1916 Annihilation of Caste • Book • 1936 Maharashtra as a Linguistic Province (Statement submitted to the Linguistic Provinces Commission) • Statement … Continue reading Writings and Speeches of Dr.B. R. Ambedkar

THE MEETING BETWEEN GANDHI AND AMBEDKAR ON AUGUST 14, 1931

THE MEETING BETWEEN GANDHI AND AMBEDKAR ON AUGUST 14, 1931 at Manibhavan, Malabar Hill, Bombay (transcripts of Gandhi's talks were routinely made by his secretaries) Slightly edited from Dhananjay Keer, Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission, Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1971 [1954], pp. 164-167. GANDHI: Well, Doctor, what have you to say in the matter? AMBEDKAR: You called … Continue reading THE MEETING BETWEEN GANDHI AND AMBEDKAR ON AUGUST 14, 1931

HOW THE UPANISHADS DECLARED WAR ON THE VEDAS?

RIDDLE NO. 8 HOW THE UPANISHADS DECLARED WAR ON THE VEDAS? What is the position of the Upanishads in relation to the Vedas? Are the two complimentary to each other or are they antagonistic? Of course, no Hindu would admit that the Vedas and Upanishads are repugnant to each other. On the contrary, it is the … Continue reading HOW THE UPANISHADS DECLARED WAR ON THE VEDAS?

THE TURN OF THE TIDE OR HOW DID THE BRAHMINS DECEARE THE VEDAS TO BE LOWER THAN THE LOWEST OF THEIR SHASTRAS?

RIDDLE NO. 7 THE TURN OF THE TIDE OR HOW DID THE BRAHMINS DECEARE THE VEDAS TO BE LOWER THAN THE LOWEST OF THEIR SHASTRAS? The religious literature of the Hindus includes (1) The Vedas, (2) The Brahmanas, (3) The Aranyakas, (4) Upanishads, (5) Sutras, (6) Itihas, (7) Smritis and (8) Puranas. As has been pointed out … Continue reading THE TURN OF THE TIDE OR HOW DID THE BRAHMINS DECEARE THE VEDAS TO BE LOWER THAN THE LOWEST OF THEIR SHASTRAS?

THE CONTENTS OF THE VEDAS: HAVE THEY ANY MORAL OR SPIRITUAL VALUE?

RIDDLE NO. 6 THE CONTENTS OF THE VEDAS: HAVE THEY ANY MORAL OR SPIRITUAL VALUE? I If the Vedas are to be accepted as binding and Infallible then what they teach must have ethical and spiritual value. Nobody can regard a rag to be binding and infallible because a Philosopher like Jaimini came forward to lend … Continue reading THE CONTENTS OF THE VEDAS: HAVE THEY ANY MORAL OR SPIRITUAL VALUE?

WHY DID THE BRAHMINS GO FURTHER AND DECLARE THAT THE VEDAS ARE NEITHER MADE BY MAN NOR BY GOD?

Riddle No. 5 WHY DID THE BRAHMINS GO FURTHER AND DECLARE THAT THE VEDAS ARE NEITHER MADE BY MAN NOR BY GOD? The Vedic Brahmins were not content with investing the Vedas with Infallibility. They went further and asserted that the Vedas were Apaurusheya. By this they meant the Vedas were not made by man. This … Continue reading WHY DID THE BRAHMINS GO FURTHER AND DECLARE THAT THE VEDAS ARE NEITHER MADE BY MAN NOR BY GOD?

WHY SUDDENLY THE BRAHMINS DECLARE THE VEDAS TO BE INFALLIBLE AND NOT TO BE QUESTIONED?

Riddle No. 5 WHY SUDDENLY THE BRAHMINS DECLARE THE VEDAS TO BE INFALLIBLE AND NOT TO BE QUESTIONED? To say that the Vedas occupy a very high position in the Religious literature of the Hindus is to make an understatement. To say that the Vedas form the sacred literature of the Hindus will also be an … Continue reading WHY SUDDENLY THE BRAHMINS DECLARE THE VEDAS TO BE INFALLIBLE AND NOT TO BE QUESTIONED?