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India: ’Ambedkar and Hindutva Politics’

book announcement

Monday 10 October 2016, by siawi3


Ambedkar and Hindutva Politics

By Ram Puniyani

About the Book

"The BJP-RSS’s ascent to power at the Centre has led to the increased assertion of Hindutva politics, which is focused on Hindu nationalism in contrast to the Indian nationalism envisaged by the freedom movement and the Indian Constitution.

One of the components of Hindu nationalism is to perpetuate the caste hierarchy in new forms. In this direction, RSS and it affiliates are adopting multiple strategies. On one hand, they pay obeisance to Babasaheb Ambedkar and on the other they promote the values of caste inequality in the name of “our glorious heritage”. At the same time, RSS floats organizations like Samajik Samrasta Manch to co-opt the Dalits into Brahmanic fold.

This book examines the issues raised by the politics of RSS and its effort to suppress the Dalit aspirations of social justice and equality. It refers to writings of Babasaheb to show that RSS-Hindutva politics stands in total opposition to the ideology of Ambedkar and Dalits’ emancipation."

52 page / PB / Rs 50
ISBN-10: 81-7221-081-7
ISBN-13: 978-81-7221-081-6

Table of Contents



A. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: An Overview

B. RSS: An overview

Ambedkar: Hindutva and RSS

i. Ambedkar’s Ideology: Religion, Nationalism and Indian Constitution

ii. RSS Agenda and Dalits

iii. Samajik Samrasta Manch: Co-opting Dalits to

Hindutva Agenda

iv. Whither Annihilation of Caste?

v. Dalit Politics and Caste Annihilation

vi. Worshipping gods in the times of elections

vii. Caste and Hindutva political strategies

viii. RSS thory that caste hierarchy created by invaders

ix. Ambedkar on Pakistan and Hindu Raj

x. Rohith Vemula: Hindutva politics and

Dalit question today

Summing Up


Twenty-two Vows administered by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

Thus spake Ambedkar