Forward Press, December 2015

In this issue:
  • Mahishasur Day is now being celebrated nationwide
  • CSDS post-election survey finds Bihar has become more polarized on caste lines
  • Prem Kumar Mani hails Mandal's victory in Bihar
  • Sunped Dalit children deaths: There's more to it than meets the eye
  • A photo feature on Ambedkar's newly acquired London memorial
  • An Ambedkar film banks on crowdfunding

As an economist, Ambedkar had his ear to the ground. He studied the economy from the bottom up, starting with the landless Dalitbahujan and the working class. It is this perspective that made him an advocate of nationalisation of landholdings and industrialisation and a staunch critic of Gandhi’s idealisation of village life. He had identified ownership of land as where the backbone of the caste system lay and mechanization as key to freeing up the workers’ time for intellectual and cultural pursuits.  “Machinery and modern civilization are then indispensable for emancipating man from leading the life of a brute and providing him with leisure and for making a life of culture possible”, he said. In essence, the economy that Ambedkar had envisaged for Indians was the one that empowered the weakest among them. Read more in our Ambedkar special.