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Title Dr B. R. Ambedkar’s Vision of Nation-Building
Author Kanta Kataria
Year 2017
Binding Hardback
Pages 282
ISBN10, ISBN13 9351282775, 9789351282778
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Among the modern Indian social and political thinkers, B. R. Ambedkar is pre-eminent because of his pragmatic ideology of social transformation and of nation-building. Kanta Kataria in her present work states that Ambedkar’s vision of nation-building is of abiding interest, which perhaps has been paid scant attention by the scholars. Defending the logic of Ambedkar, she argues that unless the infallibility of the Vedas is not discarded and the Varna system is not completely uprooted, it would not be possible to create social solidarity and psychological unity among the people. No strong and vigorous nation-building is possible, unless the primacy of Man, rationality and social justice is recognized; and a new social order based on liberty, equality and fraternity is ushered in. She advocates that Ambedkars’s model of nation-building is a realistic one; it possesses enough resilience for the creation of an energetic nation.

Written in an ornamental language, Kanta Kataria’s work is scholarly, brilliant, brimful of ideas, clearly expressed and easy to understand.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kanta Kataria is Professor of Political Science, J N Vyas University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan). She possesses an outstanding academic career obtaining Gold Medal in M.A.; Ph. D., and D. Litt. degrees. She participated in the 24th International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress held at Poznan (Poland) in July, 2016. She has four books to her credit, besides 35 research papers published in reputed journals. She is the member of various statutory and academic bodies of the University. She has completed a major research project assigned to her by the University Grants Commission of India. During the course of her academic career for over two decades, she has also actively participated in various national and international seminars and conferences.

CONTENTS

Foreword ................................................................................................... 7
Preface ..................................................................................................... 11
Acknowledgements .................................................................................. 13
Introduction ............................................................................................ 15  

1. Dr B. R. Ambedkar: Life and Mission ......................................... 21
• Ambedkar’s Early Life • Horrified Incidents • Education and Career • Influences on Ambedkar • Ambedkar’s Works • Mahad Satyagraha • Kalaram Temple Entry Agitation • Liberal-Minded High Caste Hindus • Ambedkar as Nation-Builder • Man is a Central Figure • References.  

2. On the Hindu Social Order ........................................................... 49
• The Philosophy of Hinduism • Hindu Social Order is not a Free One • Chaturvarna is Wretched • Absence of Fraternity • Equality is not Recognised • Graded Inequality • Opposed to Liberty • Special Features • Riddles in Hinduism • Why one is a Hindu? • The Riddle of the Vedas • The Riddle of Four Varnas • Concluding Remarks • References.  

3. Emancipation of the Untouchables ............................................... 71
• Philosophy of Life • Revolt against Four-Fold Varnas • Rejected the Dogma of Infallibility • The Untouchables • Struggle for Human Rights • Annihilation of Caste • Evil Effects of Caste System • Agenda for the Untouchables • Agitate and Organise • Untouchables not a Sub- Section • Abandon Hero-Worship • Abandon Neutrality • Attain Self- Elevation • Capture Political Power • Change of Religion • Conversion is Essential • Memorandum to the Cabinet Mission • The Abolition of Untouchability • Concluding Remarks • References.  

4. Uproot Caste ................................................................................ 99
• Precedence of Social or Political Reform • Defenders of Caste • Caste Cultivates Anti-Social Spirit • Position of the Aboriginal Tribes • Hindu Religion is not a Missionary Religion • Sanghatan is Impossible • Effect of Caste on the Ethics • Social Order and Nation-Building • Religion of Principles: Necessity of • Caste is Contrary to Reason • Social Vitals of Nation-Building · Remove Basis of Smriti Religion • Divine Law is a Hindrance· Caste Creates Social Clevages • Final Observations · References .  

5. Indian Constitution and Social Change 125
• Ambedkar on Constitutionalism • Ambedkar as a Social Engineer • Fundamental Rights · Eradicating Untouchability and Reservation Policy >Uniform Civil Code and Hindu Code Bill · Economic Vision and Human Rights· Indian Constitution and Ambedkar's Deweyan Experiment · References.  

6. The Policy of Reservations 155
• Hidden Form of Reservations · Evolution of Reservations · British Period> Reservations Under the Constitution of India, 1950 · Reservation as a Policy - Employment, Education and Legislature · Reservation in Government Sector >Reservation in Education Sector- Reservation in Legislative Bodies - Implementation and Monitoring> Department of Personnel and Training > National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes >Committee of Parliament on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes - Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Affairs >Financial Mechanisms • Constitutional Provisions of Special Significance · Impact of Reservation Policy > Impact of Reservation in Employment Sector · Impact of Reservation in Education • Impact of Reservation on Legislature • Reservation in Private Sector - Affirmative Action Policy > Human Development of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes · Negative Consequences of Reservations· Reservations and Nation -Building • References.  

7. Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar 187
• Mahatma Gandhi- Jawaharlal Nehru - Dr B. R.Ambedkar - Historical Sociology> Untouchability· Non-violence · Modern Civilisation • Religion - Democracy- Socialism - Gandhi and Ambedkar - References.  

8. Ambedkar's Vision of Nation-Building 213
• Casteless Society - Methods of Social Change - Unity of the Country • Safeguards to Minorities · Linguistic States >State Socialism · Path of Devotion or Hero-Worship >Social Democracy- Social Cleavages • Social Amalgamation · Individual Liberty - Fraternity- A True Religion • Empowerment of Women • Precedence for Social Reform • Ambedkar's Last Message - Final Reflections - References.

Appendices 245

Selected Bibliography 263

Index 275

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