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Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy

Aishwary Kumar


It is by now clear that the rhetoric and practice of democracy in the modern nonwest has irreversibly transformed the European meanings of the concept. Crucial to this transformation has been the persistence of religion in nineteenth and twentieth century anticolonial struggles. But what does “religion” in the singular stand for in these diverse and divisive contexts? B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, and M.K. Gandhi, the Indian nationalist, two figures whose thought and practices have decisively shaped the relationship between religion and politics in India, are typically ... More

Keywords: Ambedkar, Gandhi, justice, Dalit, sovereignty, religion, resistance, minority, caste, force

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791953
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791953.001.0001


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Aishwary Kumar, author

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Part I Beginnings: Elements of a Critique of Force

Part II Interwar: Sovereignties in Question

Part III Reconstitutions: Of Belief and Justice