Clearing of the Ground - Ambedkar's Method of Reading Bluestone Rising Scholar Honorable Mention 2021

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Ankit Kawade


This essay attempts to study and explicate the method of reading as operative in Ambedkar’s writings. The essay is organized around five thematic sections, each aimed at discussing a methodological concern guiding Ambedkar’s investigations. His engagements with the religious texts of Hinduism in general and the Manusmriti (The Laws of Manu or The Law Code of Manu) in particular have been used here to explicate the substance and implications of what has been described by Aishwary Kumar as Ambedkar’s ‘politics of reading’, a highly suggestive phrase that points towards the political as well as epistemic stakes of Ambedkar’s acts of reading.

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Kawade, A. (2021). Clearing of the Ground - Ambedkar’s Method of Reading. CASTE / A Global Journal on Social Exclusion, 2(1), 174-188.
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Ankit Kawade, Jawaharlal Nehru University

M.Phil. Candidate, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi