Why the Constituent Assembly disagreed with Ambedkar’s democratic socialism

On 15 March 1947, Dr Ambedkar gave a memorandum to the Constituent Assembly for implementing “state socialism” through the Constitution. He wanted the Indian Constitution to mandate the nationalization of industry, agriculture, land and insurance, and collectivization of farming. But the Constituent Assembly did not let this happen, writes Kanwal Bharti

Dr B.R. Ambedkar was knowledgeable about Constitutions adopted around the world and believed that the Constitution had a great role to play in a country’s progress. Underlining the role of the Constitution, he has written: “In other words all the social evils are based on religion. A Hindu man or woman, whatever he does, he does as a religious observance. A Hindu eats religiously, drinks religiously, bathes religiously, dresses religiously, is born religiously, is married religiously and is burned religiously. His acts are all pious acts. However evil they may be from a secular point of view, to him, they are not sinful because they are sanctioned and enjoined by his religion. If any one accuses a Hindu of Sin, his reply is, ‘If I sin, I am sinning religiously’.

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