B R Ambedkar: The Quest for Justice

ISBN : 9780190126292

Aakash Singh, Rathore
1456 Pages
170 x 250 mm
Pub date
Sep 2020
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B R Ambedkar: The Quest for Justice isa five-volume set of papers exploring the major themes of research surrounding the capacious oeuvre of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, primarily in terms of political, social, legal, economic, gender, racial, religious, and cultural justice. Volume 1 focuses specifically on the theme of political justice. With contributions from foremost political theorists, the volume begins with a piece on the intellectual and political legacy of Ambedkar by Bhikhu Parekh. Several chapters then focus on the centrality of democracy and of equality to Ambedkar's political philosophy as a whole (Anand Teltumbde and Pradeep Gokhale), and juxtapose Ambedkar's political thought to other important thinkers of his preceding or succeeding generations, including Antonio Gramsci (Cosimo Zene), John Dewey (Scott Stroud and J. Daniel Elam), M.K. Gandhi (Pushparaj Deshpande), and John Rawls (Shaunna Rodrigues). The volume also boasts of rich disciplinary interventions within political theory as such (Neera Chandhoke and Vidhu Verma). With a Foreword by Shashi Tharoor and an Introduction by the Editor (Aakash Singh Rathore), this collection on political justice is an essential contribution to the emerging international, multi-disciplinary field of Ambedkar Studies by many of its most distinguished representative scholars, policy makers, and activists alike.


Vol 1: Preface Aakash Singh Rathore
Acknowledgements S. Japhet
Foreword Shashi Tharoor
Introduction Aakash Singh Rathore
1. Bhikhu Parekh The Intellectual and Political Legacy of B.R. Ambedkar
2. Cosimo Zene B.R. Ambedkar and Antonio Gramsci: Justice for the Excluded,
Education for Democracy
3. Anand Teltumbde Ambedkar and Democracy: Critical Reflections
4. Neera Chandhoke Repairing Complex Historical Injustice
5. Pradeep Gokhale Dr. Ambedkar and the Trio of Principles: Liberty, Equality, and
6. Vidhu Verma An 'Exceptionalist' Reading of B.R. Ambedkar
7. Scott Stroud Communication, Justice, and Reconstruction: Ambedkar as an
Indian Pragmatist
8. J. Daniel Elam Of Castes and Crowds: B.R. Ambedkar's Anticolonial Endosmosis
9. Pushparaj Deshpande A Constellation of Ideas: Revisiting Ambedkar and Gandhi
10. Shaunna Rodrigues Self-Respect as a Primary Political Ideal: Ambedkar's Challenge
to Political Theory
Vol 2 Martin Fuchs Ambedkar's Theory of the Social: The Universal Condition of Recognition
2. James Manor B.R. Ambedkar: Visionary and Realist
3. Gobinda C. Pal Caste-Class Matrix in Delivery of Social Justice: Revisiting Ambedkar
4. Meena Dhanda 'Made to think and forced to feel': The power of counter-ritual
5. David Gellner, Krishna P. Adhikari, Arjun Bahadur B.K.
Dalits in Search of Inclusion: Comparing Nepal with India
6. Navyug Gill Horizons of Hierarchy: Ambedkar, Labor and Dalit Conversion in Colonial Panjab
7. Shailaja Menon The Fractured Society of the Republic
8. Khalid Khan Unequal Access to Higher Education among Social Groups in Karnataka
9. Sangita Yadav Ambedkar's Idea of Social Justice: Scheduled Tribes in Uttar Pradesh
10. Jagannatham Begari Reclaiming Social Justice and Deepening Democracy
11. Suraj Yengde Ambedkar's Internationalization of Social Justice
12. Karthik Raja The Poona Pact in Indian Historiography: A Blind Spot?
13. Ajay Verma Ambedkar and the Metaphysics of Social Justice
Vol 3: Upendra Baxi Lawless Law, Living Death, and the Insurgent Reason of Babasaheb Ambedkar
2. R. Sudarshan B.R. Ambedkar's Exemplary Adherence to Constitutional Morality
3. Arvind Narrain Radical Constitutionalism: Towards an Ambedkarite jurisprudence
4. Antje Linkenbach B.R. Ambedkar's Imaginations of Justice
5. Umakant The Significance of Rights and Rule of Law under the Indian Constitutional Framework
6. Anupama Rao B. R. Ambedkar and Indian Democracy
7. Karen Gabriel & Prem Kumar Vijayan 'Whose State is it Anyway? Reservation, Representation, Caste, and Power'
Part Two: Economic Justice
1. Vijay Gudavarthy Development through Informalization and Circulation of Labour;
The Emerging Anatomy of an Uncivil Society
2. Joseph Tharamangalam India's Paradox of hunger amidst plenty has a Name: Caste-based Discrimination and Exclusion
. Aseem Prakash Dalits Enter the Indian Markets as Owners of Capital: Adverse Inclusion, Social Networks, and Civil Society
4. Pritam Singh Ambedkar's Economic Methodology for Social Justice: the Centrality of Dalits
5. Jawed Alam Khan Economic Justice: Policy and Public Investment for Pasmanda Muslims
Vol 4
Shailaja Paik Education, Self-Respect, and the Rise of the New Dalit Woman
2. Sanghmitra S. Acharya Double Disadvantage of Sanitation Workers and Government Responses
3. Mushtaq Ahmad Malla The Shame of India: Stigma and Shame Among Dalit Women in Rural Agricultural Relations
4. Rajesh Raushan Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Ambedkar in Contemporary Context
5. Sunaina Arya Ambedkar as a Feminist Philosopher
6. Mala Mukherjee Ambedkar on Women's Empowerment and the Status of Dalit Women in Karnataka
7. Sukumar Narayan and Komal Rajak Constructing a New Female Subjectivity: Ambedkar's Perspective
8. Moses Seenarine Organic Resistance: the Relevance of Ambedkar, Du Bois and Garvey to Diaspora, Caste, Race and Women's Liberation
Part Two: Racial Justice
1. GoolamVahed and Ashwin Desai Racelessness and Ambedkar's Idea of Annihilation: Post-Apartheid South Africa
2. Kevin Brown and Lalit Khandare Common Struggles?: Why there has not been more Cooperation between African-Americans and Dalits
3. Ronald Hall Ambedkar and King: Caste-Color-Race-Color Oppression vis-a-vis Freedom, Justice, and Equality
4. GoolamVahed Can Ambedkar speak to Africa? Colour, caste and class struggles in contemporary South Africa
Vol 5
. Laurence Simon Searching for a Theology of Liberation in India
2. Sanjeev Kumar Ambedkar on Two Concepts of Conversion: Ending 'Social Isolation' and Achieving 'Self-Worth'
3. Kanchana Mahadevan Ambedkar's Critical Hermeneutics of Religion
4. Debora Spini Civil Religion, Uncivil Society: Ambedkar's conception of a 'Religion for Civil Society'
5. Priyanka Jha The Gaze on Justice: a Genealogy from Anagarika Dharmapala to B.R. Ambedkar
6. Bansidhar Deep B.R. Ambedkar's Philosophy of Religion
Part Two: Cultural Justice
1. Pramod K. Nayar Marginality, Suffering, Justice: Questions of Dalit Dignity in Cultural Texts
2. Y. Srinivasa Rao Asura: Myth into Cultural Reality
3. John Clammer Cultural Rights in the Context of Ambedkarite Social Justice
4. Raju Sakthivel Education in a Hierarchical Culture
5. Jadumani Mahanand Ambedkar in/and Academic Space

About the author: 

Aakash Singh Rathore is author of Ambedkar's Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India (Penguin, 2020), and regular contributor to The Indian Express and Outlook magazine. Rathore has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Universities of Delhi, Rutgers, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Humboldt Berlin, LUISS-Rome, and Jindal Global University. His twenty previous books range from political philosophy, law, and religion to literature, sports, and wine. These include Hegel's India: A Reinterpretation, with Texts (Oxford University Press, 2017), and B.R. Ambedkar's The Buddha and His Dhamma: A Critical Edition (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is also author of the forthcoming book, B.R. Ambedkar: A Definitive Biography.

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