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READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ The Annihilation of Caste Ð Annihilation of Caste is an undelivered speech written in 1936 by B R Ambedkar an Indian who fought against the country's concept of untouchability The speech was prepared as the presidential address for the annual conference of a Hindu reformist group Jat Pat Todak Mandal on the ill effectFter his invitation to speak at the conference was withdrawn due to the address's unbearable content Ambedkar self published 1500 copies of the speech in May 19. I think it is a great book Ambedkar tells us what is rotten in India Being an 'Untouchable' himself he knew the situation of lower castes inside out Indian society is predominantly divided into four castes Those at the top do work in fields such as education business law and so forth while the lowest castes do the manual work and then there are those who are without caste; their situation is the worst in Indian society Even though a vast population is affected by the caste system it is difficult to fight it or annihilate it as Ambedkar suggests One reason for this is that those who belong to the upper castes do not want to give up their privileged position in society Second reason is giving up caste means giving up Hinduism itself Since 'caste' is sanctioned by the religious texts; not observing caste means rejecting Hinduism In addition the idea of 'karma' plays a vital role in the Indian imagination It has a firm grip on an ordinary Indian mind One can safely say that most people irrespective of their caste genuinely believe in 'karmic order' and in turn have a firm belief in caste One accepts one's lot it does not matter where one is in the caste hierarchy and this very conception strengthens casteWhat is so stunning about the book is that Ambedkar shames the upper castes with such vehemence contempt and astute arguments that the upper caste reformists possibly cannot counter him in any reasonable way I mean any normal thinking person will at once see the cruelty and cunning innate to such a system that has worked for over two centuries now This is colonialism too perhaps even lethal because it modernizes itself and stays relevantOne perfectly understands Ambedkar rage against the Indian caste system He uotes from various sources both literary and religious to bash the upper castes His anger is largely directed at those Hindus who consider themselves not only atheists but also see themselves as social reformers His chief opponent was Gandhi When one looks at their correspondence Ambedkar makes far sense than GandhiAccording to Arundhati Roy who wrote a book length introduction to this book caste is the engine that runs India It always did Shesees Ambedkar as Doctor and Gandhi as Saint– most probably a fake one In her essay she shows how banal Gandhi was in his ways and what a hypocrite when it had to deal with the issue caste reforms; how his thoughts take different hue in the English press and a uite different tone in the regional press She delves into very real documents to make us see the 'real' Gandhi who developed from 'truth to truth' in his political career as she pointedly observes In contrast to Gandhi Ambedkar is shown as far honest and forthright in his political affiliationsOn my first reading of Roy about Ambedkar and Gandhi I was disappointed in Gandhi and his hypocrisies I still believe that everything that Roy wrote about him was true But I also think that Gandhi with all his uirks and peculiarities cannot be so easily fixed There is much to him that has made him 'Gandhi' Just like everyone else Gandhi was no god he had his imperfections and he did certain things that no politician saint or otherwise could have managed He was the only one who provided the much needed leadership to the vast Indian population which responded to him brushing aside differences that are intrinsic to a heterogeneous country like India Gandhi with his ueer ideas concerning sexuality and sex truly helped men and women to have eual respectful and harmonious relationsGandhi was probably the only leader who worked so closely with 'Untouchables' He was the product of his society and just like everyone around him he practiced caste and had some funny or rather very subtle caste based prejudices against 'Dalits' in his early years but considering what he did with his life it would be reckless to dismiss him Gandhi worked with 'Dalits' and cleaned lavatories that no 'Brahmin' will do even in today's India Gandhi used fasting and nonviolence all his life to fight injustice When India got Independence he wanted his country to be secular There were many forces even then that wanted India to be a Hindu nation but he firmly opposed it Can we really call him a bigot He was indeed a clever politician and in order to be a politician in such a diversified country it is not easy to appease everybody He was bound to fail and stumbleBut I guess Gandhi succeeded in many ways so did Ambedkar And as long as there are writers like Roy in India one can be sure that India will tame the monster of caste

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As prepared as the presidential address for the annual conference of a Hindu reformist group Jat Pat Todak Mandal on the ill effects of caste in Hindu society A. I read Gandhi as a high school student and liked him but it was not until I read Ambedkar that I felt like I had really found something good Ambedkar is clear uncompromising unadulterated He was also incredibly prolific This speech which became a book was too clear and too uncompromising to even be delivered I read it than 15 years ago and remember so many uotes caste is a monster you cannot have political reform you cannot have economic reform unless you slay that monster It is from 1936 but it is relevant today and still sounds fresh What's it is relevant for than just caste in India Indeed it helped me understand racism in the Americas as well This is an amazing book by an amazing author who is rightly revered by millions of people in India

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The Annihilation of CasteAnnihilation of Caste is an undelivered speech written in 1936 by B R Ambedkar an Indian who fought against the country's concept of untouchability The speech w. Annihilation of Caste is a prolific work by Dr Ambedkar It encapsulates the ideas of a rebel of how caste and religion oppresses people socially morally and economically Originally conceived as a speech for Jat Pat Todak Mandal an organization of Caste Hindu Social Reformers it was later published by Ambedkar himself for the organization refused to allow him to give his speech in the original form Lucid powerful and scholarly the treatise provides a thorough insight of how and why caste plagues the life of millions There is an underlying indignation fierce and untainted rightfully directed towards years of unwarranted injusticeThe boon and the bane of Hinduism is the fact that both the philosophy and religion is so intricately weaved around its core faith Although caste a necessary adjustment by the society to keep the religion intact has been objected by many other forerunners previously to Ambedkar from Raja Ram Mohan Roy to Mahatma Gandhi it has always sprung back with a rejuvenated force for it derived its root from the fundamental philosophy of the Hinduism What is revolutionary and indomitably courageous about Ambedkar and this work is that he uestions the very authority of the vedas upanishads and manu smritis itself There should be one and only one standard book of Hindu Religion acceptable to all Hindus and recognized by all Hindus This of course means that all other books of Hindu religion such as Vedas Shastras and Puranas which are treated as sacred and authoritative must by law cease to be so and the preaching of any doctrine religious or social contained in these books should be penalizedThe mandal refused to allow an audience for Ambedkar's speech for the very reason that at least the word Veda be left out for the time beingCiting and drawing parallels from history to western philosophy from Plato to French Revolution Ambedkar's argument dazzles and dares with objectivity and erudition Another important section in this book is his reply to the criticism of Gandhi to this work Ambedkar spares no one especially not Gandhi and gives back a direct logical and completely awe inspiring reply For instance his reply to Gandhi's argument that everyone should follow his own ancestral calling according to hisher caste Ambedkar flashes back with fervor Does the Mahatma practise what he preaches One does not like to make personal reference in an argument which is general in its application But when one preaches a doctrine and holds it as a dogma there is a curiosity to know how far he practises what he preachesThe Mahatma is a Bania by birth His ancestors had abandoned trading in favour of ministership which is a calling of the Brahmins In his own life before he became a Mahatma when the occasion came for him to choose his career he preferred law to a merchant's scales On abandoning law he became half saint and half politician He has never touched trading which is his ancestral calling Caste in India still persist even in this 21st century There are still interior rural hinterlands where Caste system prevails much not exposed by the urban centric media Even the young minds are not without any prejudiceCheck the twitter uora Facebook for evidence There are plenty out there with caste based name handles and tags attached to their identitiesI recommend this book to be read by every Indian especially by every 'Hindu' and by all youngsters It must uestion your perspectives and mindset on Indian society and Hinduism If it does then India is still in safe handsPS I do not recommend that edition of this book published with Arundhati Roy's 'Introduction' Honestly Ambedkar reuires no Introduction at allPSS Compliment reading this book along with Ambedkar's another significant work originally a paper submitted at LSE Caste Their genesis origin and development'