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India and Communism

Title: India and Communism
Author Name: Introduction by ANAND TELTUMBDE

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Paper Back: Publisher : LeftWord Books
Publication Year : 2017
Price : Rs. 225
Language : English
Page Count : 156
Binding Type : Paperback

B R Ambedkar (1891 – 1956) was one of the most radical thinkers of India. Those who think that Babasaheb Ambedkar was against Communism or Marxism are grossly prejudiced. Ambedkar’s relationship with Marxism was enigmatic, though he defined himself as a socialist, not a Marxist. But he was impressed by the dynamism of the Marxist tradition. However, it is also true that he had serious reservations about accepting certain theoretical postulations of Marxism. In the early 1950s, Ambedkar started work on a book he wanted to call ‘India and Communism’. The book was never finished. This present volume assembles what survives of that book, along with a section of another unfinished book, ‘Can I be a Hindu?’ Anand Teltumbde, in his hard-hitting Introduction, charts the course of Ambedkar’s thinking on Communism and Marxism, the historical reasons for the rift between him and the Communists, and the basis on which a larger unity of the followers of Ambedkar and Communists can be forged. This unity, Teltumbde argues, is an essential pre-requisite for the emancipation of India’s poor and oppressed. This book is an eye-opener.

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