Ambedkar: Democracy and Economic Theory

N. Sukumar

The Context

The epistemology of the caste system poses multiple challenges to the universal notions of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice. The discourse of power permeates the entire caste hierarchy so much so that those at the bottom of the hierarchy are almost immobilised. The sociocultural, economic and political landscape of peoples’ lives is enveloped by the caste structure.

For centuries, many protest movements and social reformers have striven to undermine the caste hegemony but it was only in the twentieth century that a vigorous attack was mounted on this behemoth, both ideologically and politically. This exercise was expedited by B. R. Ambedkar, who was influenced by the ideals ...

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