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outhne Kzng summams the dangers of turning to the false gods of scmce, my, There is always h e danger that man wll direct his worship instinct in spu-. I personally think it is quite a harsh book on criticizing Dr. Ambedkar. I would have preferred it take a more neutral stance on the issues explained, explaining. Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Shourie, Arun; Format: Book; xii, p. ; 23 cm.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jul 27, Anant Singh rated it really liked it Shelves: Best book for all those who consider Ambedkar as god or an architect of moder india View 2 comments.
This book is what I personally categorise as contrary literature, There is an aura about Ambedkar in India and lot of that is result of caste politics. The people who have responsibility of presenting history in right context for future generations are deliberately misrepresenting the facts and twisting them in order to further their personal gains. And their seems to be no gainsaying of the fact that biggest loser of this is the very minority in whose name all this dirty game is being played.
Book is written not based on thoughts of feelings but hard facts where sources are being mentioned and available in public domain. One thing I believe could have been added is one chapter about Ambedkar early life and one chapter about untouchable minority in India and the course of history so far. However book is very well written, a bit hard to read but nonetheless a good effort which is worth going through.
View all 4 comments. Dec 03, Abhijit Vaidya rated it really liked it. The title itself suggests what the book is all about. The book is divided in 3 main sections. Gandhi and freedom movement.
This section covers Pune pact. At the end, Arun Shourie shares The title itself suggests what the book is all about.
At the end, Arun Shourie shares his experiences after publishing the first edition and answers FAQs regarding the book. Mar 19, Suhas Nagaraj rated it it was amazing. Excellent book which describes the mentality of Ambedkarites and shows the reasons why British were so successful in holding India for so long. It also describes how our Constitution evolved and most surprising is how much of articles were borrowed from the Government of India Act, Simple amazing!!
View 1 comment. May 29, Mayank Pandya rated it liked it. Quite intriguing book with many loose ends. This book will prop more question in your mind than it answers. Must read for ppl who are curious to know more about Ambedkar, Indian History, constitution. Jan 25, Gopal Vijayaraghavan rated it really liked it.
Today there hangs a cloud of fear and intimidation over the country. Much as the leftist liberal intellectuals may hold those on the right wing responsible for this, they cannot escape from the fact that they have also contributed to this climate by being selectively outraged over the outbursts of intimidation.
They have, over the years, demolished many an ancient idol both figuratively and literally in their new found zeal for propagating their world view. They have also been highly critical o Today there hangs a cloud of fear and intimidation over the country.
They have also been highly critical of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad and exercise their full freedom of expression while trying to belittle their achievements. These modern priests of new gods of 20th century have, in the place of the idols of those gods who have been overthrown, installed new idols and are eloquent on the greatness of these neo Gods.
They are silent on intolerance of the followers of these Bhakts of new Gods. Need help? How do I find a book? Can I borrow this item? Can I get a copy? Can I view this online? Ask a librarian. Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this catalogue contains names and images of deceased people. Book , Online - Google Books. Ambedkar, B. Bhimrao Ramji , Statesmen -- India -- Biography. India -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
It is now 4 years, 1 month and 26 days since I was called by the prime minister to accept the office of the law minister in the Cabinet. The offer came as a great surprise to me. I was in the opposite camp and had already been condemned as unworthy of association when the interim government was formed in August I was left to speculate as to what could have happened to bring about this change in the attitude of the prime minister.
I had my doubts. I did not know how I could carry on with those who had never been my friends. I had doubts as to whether I could, as a law member, maintain the standard of legal knowledge and acumen which had been maintained by those who had preceded me as law ministers of the government of India.
But I kept my doubts at rest and accepted the offer of the prime minister on the ground that I should not deny my co-operation when it was asked for in the building up of our nation In a word, the reluctant expert who eventually yields to the implorings of others so as to help the poor country that needs his talents.
Far from a word of gratitude for the fact that, even though he had been heaping scorn at them for a quarter of a century, even though he had been a most ardent member of the British government which had thrown them and kept them in jails for years, the Congress leaders had put all that aside and invited him to join the government, far from there being any word of gratitude, there was not a word even of appreciation, even of a mere acknowledgment at least for their sagacity, if not their magnanimity, in putting so much of the past -- of the past that was so recent, of the past that had been so bitter -- behind them.
The new leaders had implored him to join the government as they had no alternative, so indispensable were the man's talents -- that was the implicit refrain. The diary of Indrani Devi, the widow of Jagjivan Ram, records the exact opposite.
In the entry entitled, Ambedkar ki sifaarish, she records, And on this side Ambedkar had started coming over to our house. One day he Ambedkar told him to put in a word with Gandhiji to have him Ambedkar included in the Cabinet. Sardar Patel said, do what you think is appropriate. He Jagjivan Ram got into quite a quandary -- that Ambedkar had always opposed Gandhiji and the Congress, how could he now recommend his case to Gandhiji?
Even so, given his large-heartedness, he pleaded with Gandhiji on behalf of Ambedkar, and told him that as he has surrendered in front of you please request Nehruji so that he may be taken into the first Cabinet.
In any event, either as a result of his lobbying or because Pandit Nehru requested him, Ambedkar joined the government. He broke with Nehru four years later and denounced the Congress and Nehru.
He entered into an electoral alliance with the Socialists to oppose the Congress in the elections. His party was wiped out. There were a total of seats in the Lok Sabha.
Of these the Congress secured , that is almost three-quarters. Ambedkar's party got no seat in the Parliament, only one set in the Bombay assembly, and one in that of Hyderabad.
But presumably the inference to be drawn from this defeat too is the same. The nation which had conferred so much glory on him seemed now unwilling to show him gratitude For the moment we need bear in mind just a few facts. At every turn he put forward formulae and demands which enabled the British to counter the national movement for freedom.
The British were fully aware of the use he was to them, and they were anxious to give him a hand so that he could become even more the exclusive leader of the scheduled castes. We shall have occasion soon to see what happened at the Round Table Conference in , and what happened in its wake: Gandhiji had to stake his very life to thwart the maneuver the British made -- in consultation with Ambedkar, and to his great acclaim -- to split Hindu society asunder.
Gandhiji survived, but he was kept in jail, as were the other Congress leaders. Ambedkar, of course, was again on his way to England to attend yet another Round Table Conference. And as on the previous occasion, what he said and did was to the full satisfaction of the British rulers. He wrote, "Ambedkar had behaved very well at the Round Table Conference, and I am most anxious to strengthen his hands in every possible way. Coming from a family whose members have almost always been in the British Army, he feels intensely that there are no Depressed Class units left.
Could you not induce the Commander-in-Chief to give them at least a Company? Ambedkar tells me that the Depressed Class battalion did much better in the Afghan War than most of the other Indian battalions.
In any case, I feel sure that at this juncture it would be a really valuable political act to make a move of this kind. We have already seen some of his urgings in this regard. Consider an example from another sphere.
As is well known, apart from the Communists, Ambedkar was one of the few politicians who supported the Muslim League demand for Pakistan. One side of his argument was that Muslims cannot stay in a multi-religious society; the other side of his argument was that no one can stay with the Hindus either, by which he always meant "upper-caste exploiters".
That in brief was the thesis of his book, Thoughts on Pakistan. In private he was telling the British something quite different.
He had been yearning to be included in the Viceroy's administration, and in mid it was presumed that, in view of what he had been saying and doing, his induction was just a matter of days.
But those were uncertain times and the calculations of the British were changing from day to day: They also knew that inducting a person like Ambedkar would offend the Congress as a whole no end. At the last minute, therefore, the Viceroy had called Ambedkar and the other aspirant, M S Aney, and told them that he would have to put off the expansion of his Council for the time being.
Not only that, in view of what he might have to do to win co-operation of the Congress, the Viceroy had had to tell Ambedkar that he could not bind himself or his successor about the future. Recounting his meeting with Ambedkar the Viceroy told the Secretary of State on 19 November , in a communication marked "Private and Personal," "I was at pains to protect my successor and myself so far as he was concerned by making it clear that while if circumstances led me to invite him to work with me again, it would give me personal pleasure to have him as a colleague, I or my successor must be regarded as wholly uncommitted in the matter, and under no obligation of any sort.
The Viceroy noted, "He Ambedkar was quite clear that Muslims proposed to hold to their demands for He saw not the least prospect of our overcoming difficulties here by guarantees of any sort and like most minorities he has, I suspect, little interest in constitutional progress Ambedkar then pleaded with them that they tie the new government by a Treaty. Then that they get his organisation a place in the new set up.
Then he went and pleaded with Jagjivan Ram, the sort of man on whom he had poured scorn for decades.
But today that very Ambedkar is a Bharat Ratna! With the passing of the generation that fought for Independence, with the total abandonment of looking up the record, most of all with the rise of casteist politics, they have been erased from public awareness.
And that erasure has led to the predictable result: To start with, those trading in Ambedkar's name and their apologists have sought to downplay the struggle for Independence: