Dr Ambedkar and women’s discourse today

Dr Ambedkar had a very clear perspective on gender discourse. What was it? How did he see caste? In his Annihilation of Caste (1936) he explains how class became transformed into caste in India, says Sanjukta Bharti

We have entered the third decade of the 21st century and we have definitely become “modern” in terms of technological advances and the facilities and capabilities they bring about. But when it comes to social equality, we are far from modern. In India, whether it is in education or standard of living, there is inequality everywhere. Even words in our languages and dialects betray our discriminatory outlook. Under the veneer of technological suaveness, we are as conventionalist as ever.

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