Monday, October 10, 2011

The Annihilation of caste by Dr.B.R.Ambedkar

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The following post links you to the "Annihilation of Caste" Multimedia Study Environment

Welcome to the Annihilation of Caste Multimedia Study Environment (MSE) which was produced by Frances Pritchett, Professor of Modern Indic Languages, Columbia University and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, with additional sponsorship and funding from the Southern Asian Institute, Columbia University.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was the first highly educated (Ph.D., Columbia University), politically prominent member of the ritually-polluted Hindu "Untouchable" castes. Dr. Ambedkar wrote the "Annihilation of Caste" for the 1936 meeting of a group of liberal Hindu caste-reformers in Lahore. After reviewing the speech, conference organizers revoked Ambedkar's invitation. He then self-published the work, which became an immediate classic. Gandhi wrote a refutation in his own newspaper. Ambedkar then answered Gandhi's refutation, and included the whole thing in appendices. The Multimedia Study Environment includes the Annihilation of Caste, edited for classroom use by Fran Pritchett; her explanatory annotations; and several other major texts by Ambedkar, including The Buddha and His Dhamma; Pakistan, or, the Partition of India; and the Indian Constitution.

The text source for this version of the Annihilation of Caste is reprinted from: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: Writings and Speeches, Vol. 1. Bombay: Education Department, Government of Maharashtra, 1979, pp. 25-96. Annihilation of Caste was first published in Bombay, 1936; 2nd ed. 1937; 3rd ed. 1944.

Click on the following link to read "The Annihilation of caste by Dr.B.R.Ambedkar"

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4 comments:

  1. Sir, could you comment when did 'Untouchables' were made part of "Hindu" pyramid? As far as i know they are out of fold of the triangular structure, hence Untouchables.

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  2. The term untouchable started after Manusmriti. They were always Hindu sometime as Brahmins or sometimes as Kshetriyas in vedic era.

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  3. BEFORE MANUSMRITI WE CANT SAY THAT UNTOUCHABLES CALLED AS "HINDU" .THE TERM HINDU EMERGED WHEN MUSLIMS CAME OVER TO INDIA.THEy USED PERSION WORD-HINDU i.e.gulam, defited, black.....!they cant determine who r chamar, dhobi ,etc. SO THEY USED THE TERM-HINDU FOR ALL INDIANS. BUT BRAHMINS REJECTED THAT TERM AND USED TERM -ARYA TO THEMSELVES..........BRAHMINS ACCEPTED HINDU WORD DUE TO DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM BY BRITISH RULERS IN INDIA .BECOZ IF THEY SAYS THAT WE R AARYAN AND U R SHUDRAS UNTOUCHABLES , THEN WHO WILL VOTE BRAHMINS ? THEY STARTED TO SAY WE R HINDU AND U R ALSO HINDU.......

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  4. when untouchables saw that in islam all r equal many more untouchables embrassed islam ...now in india maximum indian muslims r brothers of obc ,sc st class people........but Brahmins puts muslims as enemy in front of obc, sc, st ...........

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