Forget the controversies about Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, he was far more effective in taking Hinduism to the masses than Swami Vivekananda, a strong Hindutva votary once argued. So also the author of the book under review seems to imply Kanshiram was the one who contributed a lot more than Ambedkar himself in empowering Dalits, at least in some parts of India. "Kanshiram reinvented Ambedkar, in his own way, through bahujan politics, much to the dismay of Ambedkarites…before the 1980s Ambedkar had been relegated to the margins of political discourse in independent India. But the Dalit discourse and Dalit culture, with its own set of metaphors and symbols, introduced by Kanshiram, changed the pivot of Indian politics. They brought Ambedkar back into the consciousness of people. Once again in their political psyche he became a force to reckon with," remarks Badri Narayan. Even Anand Teltumbde who slams Kanshiram's "disdain" for moral values, goes on to acknowledge, "Notwithstanding these broad differences, he has succeeded in luring the Dalit masses in certain pockets of the country by projecting an Ambedkar icon that sanctioned his unscrupulous pursuits of power." The drift is clear. The man has made a difference, never mind some… Read full this story
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