A Reply To The Mahatma By Dr Ambedkar Analysis

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A Reply to the Mahatma by Dr B. R. Ambedkar Ambedkar challenged Gandhi not just politically and intellectually, but also morally. In a scathing reply, Ambedkar demolished the Mahatma 's arguments and criticized him for not willing to meet the problem head-on. While reading his replies, you will be amazed by the strength of words used in it. They are very sharp. For example, in the preface to the second edition, he is giving the reason for replying only to Mr Gandhi’s criticism: "I should limit myself to Mr Gandhi. This I have done not because what he has said is so weighty as to deserve a reply, but because too many a Hindu he is an oracle, so great that when he opens his lips it is expected that the argument must close and no dog must bark." Dr Ambedkar beautifully challenged the entire spectrum of apologists of the caste system, by directly attacking the Hindu Shastras. "Caste is a notion; it is a state of mind." And this state of mind has been cultivated through the laws to be followed by a sincere Hindu. Dr Ambedkar maintained that the only way to get rid of the poison is to cut off its source of supply -- the Hindu scriptures. Ambedkar is clear and uncompromising. He was also incredibly prolific. By reading Gandhi one gets the impression that he had not fully grasped the crux of Ambedkar’s thinking. It is quite clear that Ambedkar’s main concern is the social evil called caste system which actually demonstrates a hierarchy in which the top levels try to dominate the
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