AMBEDKAR AND THE BHANGIS: Efforts for their Upliftment
Publication Year 2018
Pages 214 pages
Sale Territory World (Except USA and Canada)
About the Book
Even though born in a lower caste, Dr Ambedkar educated himself to surpass the upper castes and awakened the lower castes to their rights and became their messiah.
Of late, several individuals and political parties have questioned and criticized the efforts of Ambedkar for upliftment of the Bhangi community in particular. In the nineties, Ambedkar and Bhangis were a dominant theme of national discourse. Bhangi youths have even challenged Ambedkar’s role in their amelioration. This book is aimed to settle this debate and dismiss all such claims regarding Ambedkar’s contribution in the upliftment of untouchable castes and communities.
Based on primary and secondary sources, the book primarily addresses three questions:
• Why did such a movement questioning Ambedkar’s mission take place;
• What were the specific efforts of Dr Ambedkar for the upliftment of the Bhangi community;
• How did Gandhi and Congress respond to this movement.
This comprehensive study, by a veteran author, will prove to be an essential reading for all those who have questioned Ambedkar’s contribution in the emancipation of Bhangis. This will also serve as a resourceful guide to postgraduate students and researchers of political science and sociology.
Introduction: Why this Study?
Part I Untouchable Caste in India
1 The Bhangi: The Lowest of the Low Untouchable Castes
2 The Bhangi: Some Socio-Demographic Characteristics
3 The Bhangi: Poor and Marginalized
Part II Dr Ambedkar and the Bhangis
4 Ambedkar’s Contribution to Untouchables and Human Rights
5 Ambedkar: Mobilization and Bhangi Solidarity Movement
6 Bhagwan Das: Ambedkarite Scholar and Dalit Rights Activist
7 Interaction between Ambedkar and Bhagwan Das
8 Thus Spoke Bhagwan Das on Untouchability in UN 108
Part III Gandhi and Ambedkar
9 Gandhi and Ambedkar: Some Thoughts and Views of Two Saviour of Bhangis
10 How Gandhi Lost his Social Relevance?
11 Emergence of the Bhangis as a Force to Ambedkar’s Ideology
About the Author / Editor
Shyamlal is an eminent sociologist. He was previously Vice Chancellor, Patna University, Patna; Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur and also acting Vice Chancellor of University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Earlier, he served as Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur and Chairman, Institute of Social Research and Applied Anthropology, Calcutta. He has also been the Director of Social Science Research Centre, University of Rajasthan for many years. He is the recipient of ICSSR’s Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Fellowship for 2003-04 and 2004-05. He also held the post of Chairman, Drafting Committee, Ambedkar Foundation, Department of Art, Literature and Culture, Government of Rajasthan. Professor Shyamlal is a prolific writer and has to his credit over 21 books and more than 50 research papers published in various journals and edited volumes.