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Postcolonial Governance and Social Stratification: Revisiting Ambedkar to Imagine Inclusive Society

Mustakim Ansary

All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, Volume 2, Number 2 | Full Text PDF



This paper intends to revisit Ambedkar to counter countless exclusionary measures reinforced by the postcolonial state as it continues the legacy of caste and religion-based discriminations and injustices in various forms. It extensively engages with empirical studies drawing from various contemporary incidents to look into how the present ruling regime constantly appears to be much more exclusionary by relegating multiple identities. This paper argues for a scholarly investigation into how the complete failure of implementing various Constitutional policies and frameworks envisioned by Ambedkar. The primary concern of the paper is to foreground Ambedkar’s ideas and theorisations regarding the formation of an egalitarian society by building an inclusive state that will necessarily sustain all diversities specifically in the time when the questions of citizenship rights, democracy and republic have reappeared seriously. Hence, it rationalizes the necessity of re-engagement of Ambedkar’s ideology to install an alternative model by establishing an inclusive society.

KEYWORDS: Ambedkar, postcolonial state, caste system, inclusive society, Dalit atrocities, minority rights.



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