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The Higher Statesman?

Guilt-tripping on Ambedkar cannot undermine Nehru’s achievements. You could contest his ideas but not his steering of India from colony to nation.

The Higher Statesman?
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The Higher Statesman?
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There is something quite extraordinary about this discovery of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar by India in the 21st century. He has been discovered posthumously, and become a symbol (more specifically many hundreds of statues!) of the coming of age of Dalit consciousness, articulation and assertion. Conversely, if we go by the opinion poll conducted in collaboration with this magazine, Jawaharlal Nehru has been devalued.

It is certainly progressive to remind the elites about historical injustice and oppression. As has been famously said, democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. Social change and justice are critical to the egalitarianism any democracy must aspire to. We cannot lose sight of the fact that after several years of reservations, Dalits are still not represented adequately in professions like the media and cinema, and many continue to be engaged in subhuman and menial jobs.

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