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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ambedkar - holy cow

my letter to tehelka got prime placement in their letters to the editor space.

primed by that, i am now doing the full blast onto that space. this is my next one. a topic which i think is less explored. ambedkar.
Ambedkar's contribution to India's nation building process is stupendous and unquestionable.
It is however very sad that he is being made a classic 'sacred cow'.
While it is understandable that politicians will selfishly build this image, it does not behove 'intellectuals' and 'intelligentsia' to toe the same line.
Gandhi, Ambedkar, Nehru, Patel, Azad and their eminent colleagues have left behind a rich body of work for us to build on and develop.
It is a sheer waste of time to engage in silly rankings on who was more eminent.
Mohan Kumar (April 19) falls into this trap.

The greatness of any individual lies not solely in their magnificent achievements, but also in their imperfections.
more to follow.

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