Ambedkar and the Constitution

Freedom from fear and the fear of freedom

Print edition : May 15, 2015

Ambedkar with members of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly, among them (seated from left) N. Madhava Rao, Saiyid Muhammad Saadulla, Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar and the constitutional adviser Benegal Narsing Rau.

The original copy of the Constitution of India. Photo: The Hindu Archives

If in Annihilation of Caste Ambedkar imagined the destruction of a religion that perpetuated the fixity of iniquitous relations in society, then in imagining the Constitution he equally overturned conventional understandings of the foundations of a constitution.
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