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The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi (udgave 2017)

af Arundhati Roy (Forfatter)

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"To best understand and address the inequality in India today, Arundhati Roy insists we must examine both the political development and influence of M. K. Gandhi and why B. R. Ambedkar's brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India's elite. In Roy's analysis, we see that Ambedkar's fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favor of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful, and marked to this day by the caste system. This book situates Ambedkar's arguments in their vital historical context-- namely, as an extended public political debate with Mohandas Gandhi. "For more than half a century--throughout his adult life--[Gandhi's] pronouncements on the inherent qualities of black Africans, untouchables and the laboring classes remained consistently insulting," writes Roy. "His refusal to allow working-class people and untouchables to create their own political organizations and elect their own representatives remained consistent too." In The Doctor and the Saint, Roy exposes some uncomfortable, controversial, and even surprising truths about the political thought and career of India's most famous and most revered figure. In doing so she makes the case for why Ambedkar's revolutionary intellectual achievements must be resurrected, not only in India but throughout the world."--… (mere)
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Titel:The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi
Forfattere:Arundhati Roy (Forfatter)
Info:Haymarket Books (2017), 184 pages
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Having researched Gandhi and his devious role in the sundering of the Punjab and strategic weakening of the Indian subcontinent, I was awestruck to pick up this book and learn that even a liberal of Arundhati Roy's persuasion was opposed to the larger than life Mahatma and had discerned the malice behind the man.

'The Doctor And The Saint' charts the fractious relationship between Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi. Ambedkar aimed for the total upliftment of India's religiously enslaved Dalits or lower castes who are continually victimized by their upper caste brethren. Gandhi, though, a staunch Sanataan Vedic refused to concede any ground on the issue even going so far as to justify the slavery of millions.

Arundhati charts this epochal conflict to powerfully conclude how Ambedkar transcended his times to argue and fight for a better future whereas the so-called Mahatma was nothing more than an archaic product of his times. ( )
  Amarj33t_5ingh | Jul 8, 2022 |
Really informative and eye opening. Wonderful context for a lot of things done and said by Ambedkar and Gandhi in their time as well as insights into ramifications and effects on Indian politics today. ( )
  liberation999 | May 6, 2022 |
Name: The Doctor and The Saint
Author: Arundhati Roy
Genre: Non-fiction, Caste, Prejudice, Discrimination
Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“Democracy hasn’t eradicated caste,” writes Arundhati Roy. “It has entrenched and modernized it.”
This is the first non-fiction book I have ever read and yet an amazing one.
The Doctor and The Saint is a political essay on the debate between B.R.Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi on the topic of Race, Caste and Annihilation of Caste. This book was first written as an introduction to Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste. It unveils the root of caste discrimination in Indian society as well as Indian politics.
Roy's rage thrust forward and questions the role of almost saintly Gandhi in Casteism in Hinduism as well as it's effect on the Indian politics. She reveals statistics that shatters our ground and raise questions "are we any better?" She shows a remarkable case of conceptual clarity and political understanding.
An intellectual and exceptional essay on politics, caste, prejudices and discrimination. This book opened my eyes and gave me another perspective to see the world and question it. This book embarked my journey to a new understanding of the world. ( )
  Fatima_Anwar | Nov 30, 2020 |
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"To best understand and address the inequality in India today, Arundhati Roy insists we must examine both the political development and influence of M. K. Gandhi and why B. R. Ambedkar's brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India's elite. In Roy's analysis, we see that Ambedkar's fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favor of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful, and marked to this day by the caste system. This book situates Ambedkar's arguments in their vital historical context-- namely, as an extended public political debate with Mohandas Gandhi. "For more than half a century--throughout his adult life--[Gandhi's] pronouncements on the inherent qualities of black Africans, untouchables and the laboring classes remained consistently insulting," writes Roy. "His refusal to allow working-class people and untouchables to create their own political organizations and elect their own representatives remained consistent too." In The Doctor and the Saint, Roy exposes some uncomfortable, controversial, and even surprising truths about the political thought and career of India's most famous and most revered figure. In doing so she makes the case for why Ambedkar's revolutionary intellectual achievements must be resurrected, not only in India but throughout the world."--

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