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India: Three Articles on Appropriation of Ambedkar by Hindutva

by Shamsul Islam, 14 April 2015

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The leading Hindutva outfit, RSS is trying to co-opt Father of the Nation Gandhi (despite the fact that criminals led by the ideology of Hindutva killed him), Sardar Patel (who as first home minister of India banned it in 1948) and now RSS is attempting to co-opt Dr. Ambedkar, the Dalit philosopher and icon. This is being attempted despite of the fact that Dr. Ambedkar renounced Hinduism for its inequality. While discussing the Hindutva politics he wrote: "If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country...It is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost." [Dr. Ambedkar in PAKISTAN OR PARTITION OF INDIA, 1946 edition, page 358]
The attached articles appeared in Hindustan Times, Indian Currents and Hindi daily Hindustan in 2003 are relevant even today.

अब बारी अंबेडकर की [Aab Baari Ambedkar Kee] by Shamsul Islam (2003)
Article in Hindi
On Appropriation of Ambedkar by Hindutva | Shamsul Islam (2003)
Highjacking of Babasaheb | Shamsul Islam (2003)