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Tone Down His Piercing Stare

Ambedkar’s inherently radical sharpness was blunted by the state to co-opt Dalits. This book promises to be a whetstone but reneges on it.

Tone Down His Piercing Stare
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This new collection on Ambedkar brings together international scholars to explore hitherto unexamined aspects of Ambedkar’s praxis and writings. The book is unique in several res­pects. First is the very thorough comparisons between Ambedkar’s emancipatory struggle for the Dalits and the Black liberation movement(s) in the US. Five chapters address the issue, ref­lecting on caste and colour, discussing Ambedkar within the contexts of W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, as well as the anti-apartheid movement.

Second, continuing this effort to see Ambedkar within a global relevance is the pioneering contribution of co-editor Suraj Yengde, who reconstructs and ana­lyses Ambedkar’s foreign policy, tra­cing the Dalit movement vis-a-vis int­­er­­national and trans-national activism.

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