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Dr. Ambedkar's Unfinished Crusade: The Annihilation of Caste


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This chilling analogy reflects but a sliver of the foreboding with which Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, one of India's most prolific visionaries, viewed Hindu society. Such a morbid description may disturb many, for whom Hinduism represents much that is benign - tolerance, ahimsa, spirituality, yoga and so on. What, then, compelled Dr. Ambedkar, himself born Hindu, to describe Hinduism as a "veritable chamber of horrors"? The answer, very simply, is caste: the vicious system that has torn our society asunder for centuries.
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Abhinav Kumar
National Law University, Jodhpur, India

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This chilling analogy reflects but a sliver of the foreboding with which Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, one of India's most prolific visionaries, viewed Hindu society. Such a morbid description may disturb many, for whom Hinduism represents much that is benign - tolerance, ahimsa, spirituality, yoga and so on. What, then, compelled Dr. Ambedkar, himself born Hindu, to describe Hinduism as a "veritable chamber of horrors"? The answer, very simply, is caste: the vicious system that has torn our society asunder for centuries.