B.R. Ambedkar The Quest for Justice : Oxford University Press

B.R. Ambedkar : The Quest for Justice

B.R. Ambedkar Quest for Justice
Source : Oxford University Press

Edited by Aakash Singh Rathore
1. Political Justice
2. Social Justice
3. Legal and Economic Justice
4. Gender and Racial Justice
5. Religious and Cultural Justice

The five volumes of papers exploring the major themes of research surrounding the capacious oeuvre of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar provide a summary evaluation of the state of Ambedkar studies internationally, highlight research trends both about and inspired by Ambedkar, and open up lines of future enquiry.

Volume 1 focuses specifically on the theme of political justice, including explorations in political theory inspired by Ambedkarite thought. 

Volume 2 examines key issues in social justice, especially in terms of Indian democracy, and provides a wide range of perspectives all anchored in Ambedkar’s work and writings.

Volume 3 covers legal and economic justice. The first part explores literature on the Constitution of India and its institutions, the idea of constitutional morality, rights and the rule of law, and Ambedkarite jurisprudence. The second part turns to a variety of issues in economic justice anchored in Ambedkar’s economic philosophy.

Volume 4 focuses on gender justice and racial justice. The first part explores Ambedkar’s impact on efforts to achieve gender justice in India, and effects various readings of Ambedkar as a feminist. The second part turns to comparisons of race and caste, and explores the ways in which the movements for racial justice and caste equality can learn from one another and seek strategies of synergy.

Volume 5 treats of religious justice and cultural justice. It covers topics such as conversion, Navayana Buddhism, and liberation theology. The second part explores timely issues in cultural justice inspired by Ambedkar’s own activism and struggles.


Preface Aakash Singh Rathore
Acknowledgements S. Japhet
Foreword Shashi Tharoor
Introduction Aakash Singh Rathore

  1. Bhikhu Parekh The Intellectual and Political Legacy of B.R. Ambedkar
  2. Cosimo Zene B.R. Ambedkar and Antonio Gramsci: Justice for the Excluded, Education for Democracy
  3. Anand Teltumbde Ambedkar and Democracy: Critical Reflections
  4. Neera Chandhoke Repairing Complex Historical Injustice
  5. Pradeep Gokhale Dr Ambedkar and the Trio of Principles: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
  6. Vidhu Verma Discrimination, Colonial Injustice, and the Good Society
  7. Scott R. Stroud Communication, Justice, and Reconstruction: Ambedkar as an Indian Pragmatist
  8. J. Daniel Elam Of Castes and Crowds: B.R. Ambedkar’s Anticolonial Endosmosis
  9. Pushparaj Deshpande A Constellation of Ideas: Revisiting Ambedkar and Gandhi
  10. Shaunna Rodrigues Self-Respect as a Primary Political Ideal: Ambedkar’s Challenge to Political Theory

Preface Aakash Singh Rathore
Acknowledgements S. Japhet
Foreword Valerian Rodrigues 
Introduction Aakash Singh Rathore

  1. Martin Fuchs Ambedkar’s Theory of the Social: The Universal Condition of Recognition
  2. James Manor B.R. Ambedkar: Visionary and Realist
  3. G.C. Pal Caste and Delivery of Social Justice: Revisiting Ambedkar
  4. Meena Dhanda ‘Made to Think and Forced to Feel’: The Power of Counter-Ritual
  5. David N. Gellner, Krishna P. Adhikari, Arjun Bahadur B.K. Dalits in Search of Inclusion: Comparing Nepal with India
  6. Navyug Gill Ambedkar, Labour, and the Political Economy of Dalit Conversion in Colonial Panjab
  7. Shailaja Menon The Fractured Society of the Republic
  8. Karen Gabriel and Prem Kumar Vijayan Whose State Is It Anyway? Reservation, Representation, Caste, and Power
  9. Jagannatham Begari Reclaiming Social Justice and Deepening Democracy
  10. Suraj Yengde Ambedkar’s Internationalization of Social Justice
  11. Karthik Raja Karuppusamy Foregrounding Social Justice in Indian Historiography: Interrogating the Poona Pact
  12. Ajay Verma Ambedkar and the Metaphysics of Social Justice

Preface Aakash Singh Rathore
Acknowledgements S. Japhet
Foreword Sukhadeo Thorat
Introduction Aakash Singh Rathore 

          Part One: Legal Justice

  1. Upendra Baxi Lawless Law, Living Death, and the Insurgent Reason of Babasaheb Ambedkar
  2. R. Sudarshan B.R. Ambedkar’s Exemplary Adherence to Constitutional Morality
  3. Arvind Narrain Radical Constitutionalism: Towards an Ambedkarite Jurisprudence
  4. Antje Linkenbach B.R. Ambedkar’s Imaginations of Justice
  5. Umakant The Significance of Rights and Rule of Law under the Indian Constitutional Framework
  6. Anupama Rao B.R. Ambedkar and Indian Democracy 

          Part Two: Economic Justice 

     7.  Vijay Gudavarthy Development through Informalization and Circulation of Labour: The Emerging Anatomy of an Uncivil Society
     8.  Joseph Tharamangalam India’s Paradox of ‘Hunger Amidst Plenty’ Has a Name: Caste-Based Discrimination and Exclusion
     9.  Aseem Prakash Dalits Enter the Indian Markets as Owners of Capital: Adverse Inclusion, Social Networks, and Civil Society
    10. Pritam Singh Ambedkar’s Economic Methodology for Social Justice: The Centrality of Dalits
    11. Jawed Alam Khan Economic Justice: Policy and Public Investment for Pasmanda Muslims

Preface Aakash Singh Rathore
Acknowledgements S. Japhet
Foreword Shailaja Paik
Introduction Aakash Singh Rathore 

          Part One: Gender Justice

  1. Sanghmitra S. Acharya Double Disadvantage of Sanitation Workers and Government Responses
  2. Mushtaq Ahmad Malla The Shame of India: Stigma and Shame among Dalit Women in Rural Agricultural Relations
  3. Rajesh Raushan Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Ambedkar in Contemporary Context
  4. Sunaina Arya Ambedkar as a Feminist Philosopher
  5. Mala Mukherjee Ambedkar on Women’s Empowerment and the Status of Dalit Women in Karnataka
  6. Komal Rajak and N. Sukumar Constructing a New Female Subjectivity: Ambedkar’s Perspective

          Part Two: Racial Justice
     7. Moses Seenarine Organic Resistance: The Relevance of Ambedkar, Du Bois, and Garvey to Diaspora, Caste, Race, and Women’s Liberation
     8. Goolam Vahed and Ashwin Desai Racelessness and Ambedkar’s Idea of Annihilation: Post-Apartheid South Africa
     9. Kevin Brown and Lalit Khandare Common Struggles? Why There Has Not Been More Cooperation between African- Americans and Dalits
    10. Goolam Vahed Can Ambedkar Speak to Africa? Colour, Caste, and Class Struggles in Contemporary South Africa

Preface Aakash Singh Rathore
Acknowledgements S. Japhet
Foreword Kancha Ilaiah Shephard
Introduction Aakash Singh Rathore 

          Part One: Religious Justice

  1. Laurence R. Simon Searching for a Theology of Liberation in India
  2. Kanchana Mahadevan Ambedkar’s Critical Hermeneutics of Religion
  3. Debora Spini Civil Religion, Uncivil Society: Ambedkar’s Conception of a ‘Religion for Civil Society’
  4. Priyanka Jha Civil Religion, Uncivil Society: A Reflection on Baba Sahib Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s Conception of a ‘Religion for Civil Society’
  5. Bansidhar Deep B.R. Ambedkar’s Philosophy of Religion
  6. Matthew H. Baxter Two Concepts of Conversion at Meenakshipuram: Seeing through Ambedkar’s Buddhism and Being Seen in EVR’s Islam.   

          Part Two: Cultural Justice

     7.  Pramod K. Nayar Marginality, Suffering, Justice: Questions of Dalit Dignity in Cultural Texts
     8.  Y. Srinivasa Rao Asura: Myth into Cultural Reality
     9.  John Clammer Cultural Rights in the Context of Ambedkarite Social Justice
     10. Raju Sakthivel Education in a Hierarchical Culture
     11. Jadumani Mahanand Ambedkar in/and Academic Space 

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