B R Ambedkar's challenge to the Puranic past

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As one of the architects of the state newly liberated from British colonial rule, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar's (1891–1956) thinking represents a departure from the near universal dichotomy of native tradition versus colonial modernity that Congress Party nationalists such as M K Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were tactically engaged in during the years preceding formal independence. This article examines Ambedkar's sociological interpretation of India's past which was designed to discover a new place for his Untouchable followers in Indian society. It asks whether a mechanistic understanding of the reasons why history is unavailing as an example of liberation or hope to the oppressed can ever successfully serve their interests and aspirations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalPostcolonial Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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