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dc.contributor.supervisor Vaitheespara, Ravindiran (History) en
dc.contributor.author Kirby, Julian
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-30T15:44:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-30T15:44:45Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-30T15:44:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3135
dc.description.abstract Ambedkar’s role as an Indian political leader during the late colonial period has attracted increased attention politically and historically. However, there is a startling disconnect between the modern, often mythological, construction of Ambedkar and the near forgotten historical figure. His broader programme for social uplift of the underprivileged is often lost in the record of his conflict with M. K. Gandhi and the Indian National Congress and their role as the dominant nationalist group in India at the time. The deification that has resulted from his use of Buddhism as an emancipatory identity has obscured his interpretation of it as a secular political tool in a political debate shaped and dominated by religious identity. This thesis will argue that the Buddhist conversion was a continuation of his political and social programme, not, as some have suggested, a retreat to religion after failing to secure reforms to Indian law and society. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Ambedkar en
dc.subject Communists en
dc.subject Buddhism en
dc.subject Marx en
dc.subject Gandhi en
dc.subject Congress en
dc.subject India en
dc.subject Mahar en
dc.subject Dalits en
dc.subject conversion en
dc.subject caste en
dc.subject untouchable en
dc.subject democracy en
dc.subject socialism en
dc.subject Brahmin en
dc.subject nationalism en
dc.subject Bhikkhu en
dc.subject Sardesai en
dc.subject Engels en
dc.subject Namboodiripad en
dc.title Ambedkar and the Indian Communists: the absence of conciliation en
dc.degree.discipline History en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Chen, Tina (History) Alexander-Mudaliar, Emma (University of Winnipeg, History) Desai, Radhika (Political Studies) en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en
dc.description.note February 2009 en


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