Essay

Squandered heritage

Print edition : June 26, 2015

Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

London, December 1, 1931: During the proceedings of the second Round Table Conferenceon India at St. James' Palace. Photo: KEYSTONE

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

For 65 years, media and academia have failed to do justice to the towering intellect that Ambedkar was. Successive governments have undermined the Constitution he so admirably piloted and his role in its framing has been either exaggerated or underestimated. And now, in a cruel irony, the Sangh Parivar is seeking to usurp his legacy, distorting everything he stood for.
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