Classic on Ambedkar, re-evaluation of his role with Dalits, role in politics, with documents. orig. pub. 1997. very controversial...
|Title||:||Worshipping False Gods: Ambedkar And The Facts Which Have Been Erased|
|Number of Pages||:||680 Pages|
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Worshipping False Gods: Ambedkar And The Facts Which Have Been Erased Reviews
Best book for all those who consider Ambedkar as god or an architect of moder india ...
The title itself suggests what the book is all about.The book is divided in 3 main sections.1) Role of Ambedkar as freedom fighter, how he opposed Congress (esp. Gandhi) and freedom movement.2) Social reform - Ambedkar's way of social reform vs Gandhi's way of social reform. This section covers Pune pact.3) Third part explains in detail how constitution of India evolved through various committees since 1925 and the roles for major players involved in this process. At the end, Arun Shourie shares his experiences after publishing the first edition and answers FAQs regarding the book.
This book is what I personally categorise as contrary literature, There is an aura about Ambedkar in India and lot of that is result of caste politics. After all every single politician in India no matter which side of spectrum he/she falls on, would line up to pay homage to this guy, for normal population he would seem like a superman who single handedly wrote constitution of India and was epitome of what a person should be like.Well not according to this book, if even 10% of the things written in this book are true and not taken out of context and presented in wrong light, one is bound to realise that basic theory of all politicians in the country is nothing but short sighted vote bank politics. The people who have responsibility of presenting history in right context for future generations are deliberately misrepresenting the facts and twisting them in order to further their personal gains. And their seems to be no gainsaying of the fact that biggest loser of this is the very minority in whose name all this dirty game is being played.Book is written not based on thoughts of feelings but hard facts where sources are being mentioned and available in public domain. One thing I believe could have been added is one chapter about Ambedkar early life and one chapter about untouchable minority in India and the course of history so far. However book is very well written, a bit hard to read but nonetheless a good effort which is worth going through.
Excellent book which describes the mentality of Ambedkarites and shows the reasons why British were so successful in holding India for so long. It also describes how our Constitution evolved and most surprising is how much of articles were borrowed from the Government of India Act, 1935. Simple amazing!!
Quite intriguing book with many loose ends. This book will prop more question in your mind than it answers. Arun Shourie Again Brought Very Interesting Political View to light. Must read for ppl who are curious to know more about Ambedkar, Indian History, constitution.
Today there hangs a cloud of fear and intimidation over the country. Much as the leftist liberal intellectuals may hold those on the right wing responsible for this, they cannot escape from the fact that they have also contributed to this climate by being selectively outraged over the outbursts of intimidation. They have, over the years, demolished many an ancient idol(both figuratively and literally) in their new found zeal for propagating their world view. They have also been highly critical of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad and exercise their full freedom of expression while trying to belittle their achievements. These modern priests of new gods of 20th century have, in the place of the idols of those gods who have been overthrown, installed new idols and are eloquent on the greatness of these neo Gods. They are silent on intolerance of the followers of these Bhakts of new Gods. One of those Gods, who have come to dominate the imagination of the left liberals is Dr. Ambedkar. In his well researched book, drawing heavily on the documents on Transfer of Power and Constituent Assembly debates, Shourie brings out the role of Dr. Ambedkar during freedom movement and repudiates the myth that Dr. Ambedkar is the sole author of Constitution of India. Mourning the trend of “repudiating its(india’s) own gods, its own traditions, its own history and starting worshiping the gods of conquerors” , Shourie has minced no words in attacking a culture of “ trading in the name of dispossessed by groups which have become a law unto themselves by enforcing a brand of history through verbal terrorism and actual assault” . Any person having a basic knowledge of constitutional history of India will be aware that Constitution of India was evolved through the collective thinking of many freedom fighters and hard work of so many people have gone into the shaping of the Constitution. Thus to confer the exclusive authorship of the Constitution on a single individual and make him a Manu of our ages is an attempt by vested interests to erase a part of the history. Shourie points out the fact that the Dr. Ambedkar was never a part of the freedom movement. He was an instrument in the hands of the British, as a part of Viceroy’s Council during Quit India movement and he played an active role in thwarting the efforts of nationalist leaders during the freedom movement. Shourie writes touchingly and emotionally about the events leading the Poona Pact. It was only through the courtesy of a broad minded Congress leadership, the predominant force in the Constituent Assembly, Mr. Ambedkar was elected to the constituent Assembly and subsequently was made head of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution. Shourie delves deeply into the Constituent Assembly Debates to show how the Indian Constitution was a “product of iterations, of revisions and adoption and re-opening and recasting “ – a document evolved over the years through the contribution of so many people, most of them unsung and not remembered today. And to his credit Dr. Ambedkar rose to the occasion and contributed his legal acumen in drafting the Constitution. But conferring authorship of the Constitution entirely on him is an attempt by vested interests who wanted to create an icon of depressed classes to further their political interests. Dr. Ambedkar himself had acknowledged the fact that Constitution was the culmination of joint efforts of many stalwarts. But the vested interests, who swear by him, have no respect for opposite view and have created a climate of fear and intimidation in which even liberal thinkers are afraid to speak. Incidentally, Shourie traces to this poison and bitterness of followers of Dr. Ambedkar to Dr. Ambedkar himself. Shourie has quoted Ortega Y Gasset, a Spanish philosopher to hold that these interests have created “ an ideology in which mediocrity is the norm, in which vulgarity is the right, in which the civility and reason are the veneer of the well –to-do, in which intimidation is argument, and assault is proof. “ This highly polemical and yet informative book is as relevant today as 20 years ago when it was published. This is all the more relevant as memories of sacrifices of many people who have laid down their life for freedom are erased from history and a cult following, highly intolerant of opposite views and supported by a political class hungry for power, of partisan leaders has emerged. Some repetitions of ideas and some factual errors(page 506 referring to amendment of Article 19 relating to freedom of expression – the Constitutional Amendment Act referred to was 16th and not 14th as mentioned) could have been avoided in otherwise a good scholarly book.