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SOAS South Asia Institute

Ambedkar Dialogues: Challenges faced by Ambedkarite radicalism today: interrogating attempts to silence debates on caste

Dr. Alpa Shah, Dr George Kunnath, Dr Jayaseelan Raj, Sruthi Herbert, Murali Shanmugavelan

Date: 20 May 2016Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 20 May 2016Time: 1:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Workshop


April 14 th 2016 marked the 125 th birth anniversary of India’s first ever Dalit (formerly known as untouchables) leader Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Fondly called as Babasaheb, Ambedkar was a politician, statesman, nation-builder, principal architect of Indian constitution, critic of Hindu religion, and a scholar who fought against the caste system and for emancipation of Dalits.

The paradox in offering floral tributes to Ambedkar by various political ideologues, reveals the importance of Dalits in today’s politics in India and their desire to subvert Ambedkar’s radicalism. The session will broadly focus discussion on four tropes of appropriation as challenges faced by Ambedkarite radicalism.


Workshop Programme


This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

Organised by

Department of Social Anthropology / SOAS South Asia Institute, SOAS, University of London, Inequality and Poverty Research Programme, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Contact email: Murali Shanmugavelan