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Lost in translation: 25 years on, only half of Ambedkar’s ‘Writings and Speeches’ in Hindi

The central government announced its plan 25 years ago to translate the 21 volumes of Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s writings and speeches into all the languages in the Eighth Schedule. However, this project is far from complete due to bureaucratic delays, non-payment of translators’ fees and even the long wait for the minister’s signature

Some time in the 1990s, the then Narasimha Rao government announced the plan to have the entire literary corpus of Babasaheb Ambedkar translated into all the Scheduled Indian languages. Until then, these writings existed only in English in 21 volumes. The Rao government had added Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali to the Constitution’s Eighth Schedule, so it was understood that the writings would be translated into these languages, too. Later, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government included Bodo, Dogari, Maithili and Santhali in the Eight Schedule.

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About The Author

Naresh Nadeem

Naresh Nadeem writes poetry in Urdu and prose in English and Hindi. He has translated some 175 books from Urdu, Punjabi and English into Hindi, including V.S. Naipaul’s ‘A Writer’s People’ and Amartya Sen’s ‘Inequality Re-examined’

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