Colossal Figures, history

3 Must Watch and Reflect Lectures on Ambedkar

These 3 talks had a profound impact on me. The lectures helps you to understand Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar better, revisit issues such as reservation and merit, realize how entitled most of us are and leaves no doubt that we did win the ovarian lottery at birth.

B.R. Ambedkar: The Life of the Mind & a Life in Politics

Ananya Vajpeyi presents a biography and intellectual history of B.R. Ambedkar, politician, jurist and principal architect of the constitution of India. Ananya Vajpeyi is an intellectual historian based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and a Kluge Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center.

Ananya Vajpeyi at the Library of Congress

Ambedkar : The Real Father of Nation |by Anand Ranganathan

Anand Ranganathan makes a case for why it is BR Ambedkar and not Mahatma Gandhi who deserves the honorific title of “Father of the Nation” for his indispensable contribution in the making of modern India, in drafting the Constitution, and more importantly, for his pivotal efforts to get the country out of the mire of caste-prejudice and untouchability. Ambedkar not only sought emancipation of the untouchables, he went further – he fearlessly demanded the catharsis of Indians to atone for the ‘darkness of untouchability’. Ambedkar’s genius lay in his towering intellect, his clarity of mind and his fearlessness of speaking it. He spared no one. While his scathing critique of the Caste System and Hinduism is well known, his lesser-known but equally scathing criticism of Communism, of Islam and of the Mahatma and his role in the Khilafat movement leading to Moplah massacres of Hindus, bear testimony to a sharpness of intellect ‘forged with the fortitude of scientific logic’.

Anand Ranganathan at Sangam Talks

Ambedkar & Ideas That Shaped India by Ananya Vajpayee at Manthan

Ananya Vajpeyi speaks on ‘Ambedkar & The Ideas That Shaped India’ at Manthan, Hyderabad, India. This is a part of the Democracy Dialogues series of Manthan.

Ananya Vajpeyi at Manthan

Please share whether these talks had an impact on you, your views before and after watching the 3 talks.


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