Reappraising B. R. Ambedkar’s Thoughts of Inclusive Indian Nation

2019-05-23T20:30:08Z (GMT) by Kunal Debnath
B. R. Ambedkar’s ideas – caste<br>annihilation, securing rights to the depressed class, representation of different oppressed<br>sections in political affairs, egalitarian economic arrangement, education, women rights, and<br>democracy – all have the potentiality to be linked with his ideas of a nation which is inclusive<br>in nature. His idea of social equality and cultural unity was path breaking in his period, even<br>relevant in recent times too. Ambedkar’s endeavour of annihilation of caste was no longer<br>contradictory to his idea of nation-building. His major concern was how India would become<br>a nation without a large number of people who seemed untouchables and thus socially<br>excluded. He was aware of that the social solidarity is the key for struggle against<br>colonialism. The struggle against colonialism would not be rewarding unless realizing social<br>solidarity among different religious groups, castes, and communities. It was undeniably a<br>great challenge to Ambedkar to make a link between his efforts to annihilation of caste and to<br>build India as an inclusive nation which is discussed throughout this paper by integrating<br>apparently diverse thoughts of B. R. Ambedkar.