Annihilation of Caste


Author: B. R. Ambedkar

9788189059675 | PB | pp. 415 | 2014 | Navayana

Annihilation of Caste is an undelivered speech written in 1936 by B. R. Ambedkar which argued that casteism was deep rooted in the vedas and shastras. This new annotated, critical edition features a comprehensive introduction by Arundhati Roy.

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In 1936, a Hindu reformist group invited B.R. Ambedkar to deliver their presidential address and chart a path to end the caste system. When he argued that the immorality of caste was sustained by the Vedas and shastras, and without ‘dynamiting’ them there could be no reform, they withdrew their invitation. Ambedkar published the text on his own. Mahatma Gandhi responded to the provocation. The hatchet was never buried.

This new annotated, critical edition features a comprehensive introduction by Arundhati Roy, who says ‘to ignore Gandhi while writing about Ambedkar is to do Ambedkar a disservice’. This edition generated inevitable questions regarding political representation, caste, privilege, and power in Indian society.

Annihilation of Caste is a breach of peace.


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About the Author

Makenzy Orcel is a novelist and poet. Born in Port-au-Prince in 1983, he constantly travels between Haiti, the U.S and France.

About the Translator

Annie Mathews, an editor, filmmaker, columnist and translator, had to her credit several freelance technical and literary French-English translations, including for various services of the French Embassy.


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