History of the Journal

All About Ambedkar, a brainchild of its founding editor, started as a student project at Presidency University, Kolkata. Dr. Mahitosh Mandal, while teaching Annihilation of Caste to an undergraduate batch at the Department of English, asked the students to closely read the works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He isolated about 30 texts by Dr. Ambedkar and asked the students to write critical reviews on them. The write-ups were different from any existing literature on Dr. Ambedkar, and Dr. Mandal thought these would be effective in disseminating the ideas of Dr. Ambedkar to academics as well as general readers. Four students – Sparsha Barman, Abhista Goswami, Ishan Purkait and Ranjana Sarkar – volunteered to design the website as per Dr. Mandal’s plan. In fact, the phrase "All About Ambedkar" was suggested by them to which Dr. Mandal later on added "A Journal on Theory and Praxis." Once the website was launched and, after thorough revisions, some of the write-ups were published, it made quite a stir among the audience. Two of Dr. Mandal’s colleagues from Presidency University, Professor Priyanka Das and Professor Rajat Roy, came forward to help him broaden the scope of the website. This is when the idea of developing a full-fledged journal was conceived. When this idea was shared with some of the leading researchers in the field of caste studies, they expressed their excitement and readily agreed to be on the editorial board.