Annihilation of Caste. The Annotated Critical Edition. by B.R. Ambedkar Edited by S. Anand Introduction by Arundhati Roy. Paperback; Ebook . Kraentk Sir, please purchase only the ORIGINAL VERSION of Annihilation of Caste written by ar alone. I recommend you not to purchase. Praise for the book. ‘Annihilation of Caste has to be read only because it is open to serious objection. Dr Ambedkar is a challenge to Hinduism No Hindu who.

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I was blown away by the diverse lines of arguments Ambedkar has put forward – history, anthropology, religion, psychology, politics and humanitarianism among others. Apr 14, Mohit rated it it was amazing. It is another shame that Ambedkar was kept out of annihulation committee to observe the th birth anniversary of the Buddha. Roy’s essay on Gandhi is excoriating.

In the main course, Ambedkar systematically takes on Hinduism, its sacred books and the “positively pernicious” caste system in an absolutely brilliant argument that deserves to be quoted whole. Ina Hindu reformist group invited B. The book is everything that you expect it to be, even accounting for the high standards to be expected from the m A book which is as relevant today as when it was written, as the issue it addresses is as poisonous today as it was when the book was penned or typed or whatever.

One reason for this is that those who belong to the upper castes do not want to give up their privileged position in society. The most important reason is that it is an eye-opener fo I began reading this book with scepticism thinking that this is a work of an idologue but I was so mistaken to hold such a view.

Annihilation of Caste

Views Read Edit View history. I read Gandhi as a high school student, and liked him, but it was not until I read Ambedkar that I felt like Annihilatin had really found something good. This edition of Annihilation of Caste published by Verso is really two books. Not sure how much of it is her opinion and how much is fact – hope it’s opinion.


You could see the clarity of thought and statesmanship of the Doctor in every argument. The most important book I have read till date. To ask other readers questions about Annihilation of Casteplease sign up.

While I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Ambedkar’s rational arguments and his invocation of scientific temper and principles of fraternity, equality and liberty in the later sections of the book and his scathing retort to the Mahatma regarding the caste question, still I couldn’t help but feel highly disturbed by his arguments and reasoning put forward for the destruction of caste system, in the ambedksr parts of the book.

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 quite different tone in the regional press.

As the book belongs to a writer from repressed community, it goes without mentioning that It is one caate the world’s Most Under-Rated Books. I think caste of all kinds should be abolished. It is defended on the ground that the caste system is but another name for division of labour; and if division of labour is a necessary feature of every civilised society, then it is argued that there is nothing wrong in the caste system.

Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar

Lahori Ram Balley and the late Bhagwan Das. The caste system allows high-caste Hindus such as Brahmins to lord it over their lower caste brethren, benefitting from what amounts to slave labour on a scale unimaginable and unparalleled in the West except perhaps by the Nazis towards the end of the World War II.

Indeed, it helped me understand racism in the Ambedkra as well. It was shocking, to say the least, to read Dr Ambedkar espousing reasons like: Madam, take a bow.


Gandhi worked with ‘Dalits’ and cleaned lavatories that no ‘Brahmin’ will do even in today’s India. Even if the target survives, the scars from the bruises remain forever. However, I have one caveat – the good doctor does not go into the philosophical part of the religion, especially the Upanishads, seeing Hinduism only as a mass of discriminatory laws. There’s also ‘A Note on the Poona pact’ by Ambeekar.

But the world owes much to rebels who would dare to argue in the face of the pontiff and insist that he is not infallible. Ambedkar — a figure like W. Even though a vast population is affected by the caste system, it is difficult to fight it, or annihilate it as Ambedkar suggests.

Mar 30, Sumirti Singaravel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: She ridicules Gandhi’s rationalization when he had famously said, “My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with truth as it may present itself to me at a given moment.

But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: No trivia or quizzes yet. This speech, which became a book, was too clear and too uncompromising to even be delivered. Importantly, embracing the caste that I am born into? I also told you that the responsibility for the views expressed in the address was entirely mine, and if they were not liked by the conference I would not mind at all if the conference passed a resolution condemning them.

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The trouble is that Gandhi actually said annihilatikn and its opposite. Collections of her recent political writings have been published as Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.