A book that captures Ambedkar’s deep concern for minorities

Dr Ambedkar and Democracy highlights the limitations of Hindu majoritarianism and its version of majoritarian democracy with respect to minority rights and social justice

Christophe Jaffrelot is one of the pioneer scholars on Dr Ambedkar’s thought and philosophy. He has co-edited a new book titled Dr Ambedkar and Democracy: An Anthology with Prof. Narender Kumar, who is a professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Ambedkar, in his writings on communalism, posited that in democratic politics if the communal majority undermines state power then it is imperative for the democratic state to develop a certain institutional mechanism to safeguard the rights of the minorities. In other words, it is imperative to bridge the gap between the majority and minority communities. However, the incumbent political regime in India has aided a widening of this gap between the two communities on the pretext of a democratic process.

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