In August 1932, the British Government's highly controversial Communal Award was issued. In it "the Depressed Classes were granted separate seats in the Provincial Assemblies and the right of double vote under which they were to elect their own representatives and to vote also in the general constituencies....It gave separate electorates to the Muslims, Sikhs, Europeans and Christians" (Dhananjay Keer, Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission; Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1971 , 204).
Professor Rachel McDermott describes the dispute between Ambedkar and Gandhi over the Poona Pact and Communal Award.
Professor Anu Rao considers the importance of the Communal Award for Ambedkar and the reasons why Gandhi fasted almost to death against it.
Professor Dennis Dalton explores how and why Gandhi and Ambedkar clashed over the Communal Award.
Annotation by: Pritchett