Media Index

Professor Dennis Dalton...

... gives observations about the Ashram in Segaon—could Ambedkar have lived there?.

... relates Gandhi's opinions about the Laws of Manu and the Shastras, and the controversy these opinions incited among high-caste Hindus.

... shares his personal experiences in an ashram in Segon, and explains why he doubts Ambedkar would have chosen to live there.

... looks at how Gandhi dealt politically and socially with the problem of untouchability.

... describes Gandhi and Ambedkar's different interpretations of the varna system and its significance in defining untouchability.

... explains how Gandhi's ashrams sought to create an equal social order and what this suggested about his views on caste.

... discusses the significance of Buddhism for Ambedkar.

... considers the impact of Western intellectual thought on Gandhi and Ambedkar.

... explores how and why Gandhi and Ambedkar clashed over the Communal Award.

... explains Gandhi's preference for the term Harijan to describe untouchables.

... discusses the controversy over Hinduism between Gandhi and Ambedkar.

... describes Gandhi's fluctuating relationship with the National Congress Party.

Professor Rachel McDermott...

... describes the dispute between Ambedkar and Gandhi over the Poona Pact and Communal Award of 1932.

... explores the contemporary significance of the Arya Samaj.

... explores the ways in which the Shastras represent and have influenced the caste system.

... considers the place of caste among Indian Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs.

... explores the origins of untouchable identity politics.

... discusses the role of the Rig Veda in constructing the caste system.

... considers why Ambedkar chose to convert to Buddhism in 1956.

... discusses the relationship between race and caste.

... explores the ways in which the Shastras represent and have influenced the caste system.

... looks at the ways in which Article 17 of the Indian constitution, intended by Ambedkar to protect untouchables, has both protected and created new challenges for them.

... discusses modern problems over the term Hindu.

... looks at how untouchables are represented in important scripture such as the Mahabharata.

... looks at problems posed by the Laws of Manu for untouchables.

Professor Anupama Rao...

... further explores the meaning of the term Shudi.

... explores the differences between subcastes such as the untouchable mahars and, Ambedkar's community, chamars.

... discusses the historical and political nuances in the terms Depressed Class, Harijan, Dalit, and other terms used to describe untouchables.

... discusses what influence, if any, the Arya Samaj continues to have today.

... discusses the political and historical context for Ambedkar's activism against the caste system.

... discusses how opinions about Ambedkar have changed in tune with evolving caste politics.

... considers the importance of the Communal Award for Ambedkar and the reasons why Gandhi fasted almost to death against it.

... discusses the ways in which the Indian constitution, coauthored by Ambedkar in 1948, has impacted untouchable life today.

... describes the political and historical context of the term Harijan.

... considers how Marx has influenced Ambedkar's political and social analysis.

... discusses the problems Ambedkar saw in the National Congress, Gandhi, and their cooperation.