Introduction

Mahitosh Mandal


All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, Volume 1, Number 3, October-December 2020

The growing popularity of All About Ambedkar is demonstrated by the increasing number of submissions the journal has started to receive. This is why Volume 1 Number 3 or the third issue of the journal comprises three featured articles along with the overviews of nine texts of Ambedkar, two book reviews, and a case study of caste-based discrimination from the 1920s.


In a boldly argued article, Karthick Ram Manoharan reads the interface between debrahminization and decolonization and writes about the need to debrahminize the Indian academia. Subhayu Bhattacharjee emphasizes the pluralities that shape the reception, appropriation, and discursivization of Ambedkar. And Diganta Ghosh highlights the complex legal nuances of the constitutional policies of reservation.


Three sets of Ambedkar's texts are discussed in the "Reading Ambedkar" section, divided into a) Gandhism, b) Woman Question, and c) India and economics. Ambedkar had written in detail on each of these three topics and it is important to highlight the specific sets of texts and not just one or two texts that he composed in this regard. The texts on Gandhi and Gandhism as analysed are: Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah, What Congress and Gandhi Have Done to the Untouchables, Gandhi and His Fast, and Mr Gandhi and the Emancipation of the Untouchables. As the discussion makes it clear, Ambedkar was, on more than one occasion, very critical of Gandhi's politics and had outright rejected Gandhism.


The texts of Ambedkar chosen for discussion under "Woman Question" include The Woman and Counter-Revolution, Mahad Satyagraha, and Rise and Fall of Hindu Woman. Ambedkar's ecomonic thought is discussed in connection with the following important texts written by him: The Problem of the Rupee and The Administration and Finance of the East India Company.


The book reviews section comprises a review of Gail Ombvedt's Buddhism in India and a working bibliography of the English language books on Ambedkar.


The issue ends with the historic Mahad Satyagraha as undertaken by Ambedkar against the caste-based restrictions on the access of water.


Overall, this issue, like the earlier two issues, maintains a standard structure of the journal but comprises greater amount of diversity in terms of subject matter, which would contribute to fulfilling the aim of the journal to introduce Ambedkar and the caste question to the reader as comprehensively as possible.

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