One instance that substantiates this is his support for a uniform civil code. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And two, because “progressives” have always neglected religion – liberals by insisting that religion is or should be a matter of private faith and Marxists by insisting that religion is false consciousness of people who do not recognize their own true economic interest. Dr Ambedkar also attended various meetings with people of different faiths and denomination analysing the pros and cons of conversion and its implications for the country’s Dalit population. Ambedkar’s work on religion has not been exposited foremost, much because of the infatuation of academia with his work on criticism of the caste system. A true religion is a religion of principles rather than rules, because it fosters a creative, responsible and free religious subject. Your generous support can empower thousands of Dalits by giving them the tools they need to create a better life for themselves and their families. Fraternity was a community of understanding and compassion (karuna in Buddhist terms), which could only be ensured by good faith and silata towards others, ie by a religious disposition and not by mere disciplined or rule-governed behaviour, nor by pure political rationality. This was not because Ambedkar was a traditionalist in the conventional sense (though he did take tradition quite seriously, both as an object of critique and as a source of new ideas, as proven by his lifelong engagement with Sanskrit and Pali texts). He feels that it is due to “the fundamental assumption made by all Muslims that Islam is a world religion, suitable for all people, for all times and for all conditions ... that this uniformity is deadening and is not Rules generate obedience, principles generate creativity. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.” You give us the means to help some of the most oppressed people on earth. When you support The Ambedkarite Today, you help to fight injustice and discrimination that has impoverished millions of people designated by birth as untouchable. If so the building up of the Communist State is a useless effort. A collection of thoughts and quotes by B.R Ambedkar on relationships, life, religion, caste, equality, democracy, ethics, society, freedom and liberty. At any rate no satisfactory answer to the question what would take the place of the State when it withers away, though this question is more important than the question when the State will wither away. Religion continued to play a role in public life, including in the shaping of the modern European state, as the German philosopher Carl Schmitt pointed out, and philosophers of modernity, such as Hegel, conceptualized the world as a map of religious units (Christianity/Europe, Hinduism/India, Confucianism/China, Islam/Near East and so on). It is true that he named “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” – the unmistakably political slogan of the French Revolution – as ideals of his religion. If I am disgusted with Hindus and Hinduism it is because I am convinced that they cherish wrong ideals and live a wrong social life. Thanks you so much Dr. for such an enlightening and thought provoking text. Religious identity for Ambedkar was a choice and not destiny. He wrote, “While I condemn a Religion of Rules, I must not be understood to hold the opinion that there is no necessity for a religion. Islam is a close corporation and the distinction that it makes between Muslims and non-Muslims is a very real, very positive and very alienating distinction. Through an anthropological study of “primitive” religions, Ambedkar argued that early forms of religion did not have a concept of God or even of morality. Rules told us exactly what to do and how to do it. And hence Ambedkar’s statement that in navayana, religion is morality and morality religion. I think it is wrong to say that Islam was always the religion of choice for Ambedkar. Subscribe to the free Forward Press newsletter to have the latest articles delivered to your inbox every week. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Railway Depressed Class Workmen’s Conference, Nashik Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar expressed his views on Brahmanism. In his Speech at G.I.P. All I can say is, that I learnt a lot from this essay. Ambedkar opined that religion could not be eliminated or was necessary. Political community has to be built, painstakingly, against all odds and for the first time ever, from an ancient condition of hierarchy and exploitation. The story becomes even more interesting here. Ambedkar, in his historic speech in Nagpur on October 15, 1956, a day after he had embraced Buddhism, said, “The movement to leave the Hindu religion … In his text Philosophy of Hinduism, Ambedkar said that religion was constitutive of the human condition because it dealt with elemental questions of life such as of birth and death, nourishment and disease. He feels that it is due to “the fundamental assumption made by all Muslims that Islam is a world religion, suitable for all people, for all times and for all conditions ... that this uniformity is deadening and is not In place of God there is morality. [The law] is intended to keep the minority within the range of social discipline. This, coming from the greatest constitutionalist and legal reformer of our times, unmistakably tells us that Ambedkar was rethinking religion here with reference to the limits of the modern state and modern liberalism’s “rule of law”. When will it wither away? शेखर, Both the RSS and Golwalkar were opposed to the Constitution. The majority is left and has to be left to sustain its social life by the postulates and sanction of morality. Ambedkar with Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil and Sant Gadge Maharaj. Hinduism is said to divide people and in contrast, Islam is said to bind people together. It is over their ideals. Ambedkar addresses the crowd at Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur on 15 October 1956, the day after his conversion. That Hinduism prohibits intermarriage between Hindus and Muslims is quite well known. Forward Press Books sheds light on the widespread problems as well as the finer aspects of Bahujan (Dalit, OBC, Adivasi, Nomadic, Pasmanda) society, literature, culture and politics. That is probably the reason why Maulana Mahomed Ali, a great Indian but a true Muslim, preferred to be buried in Jerusalem rather than in India. We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is so full of inequities, discriminations and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.”. It cannot be a matter of rules. The invention of god was followed by a second major revolution. Ambedkar’s morality clearly called for a certain sanctity, which was beyond merely the sanctity of reason. I realise that the world is an imperfect world and anyone who wants to live in it must bear with its imperfections. It cannot also be understood, as some seek to do, within the framework of “civil religion”, as proposed by Jean Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract. They call for interpretation and judgment. He must act according to the Vedas. It is clear that Ambedkar had quietly moved away from the modern Kant-ian sense of morality as a purely mentalist and rational judgment (Kant said that morality needed no religious backing). Religion is the most powerful force of social gravitation without which it would be impossible to hold the social order in its orbit.” It is because religion has a social function, Dr Ambedkar believed that a person has a right to question its viability as to how well it served that individual socially. … That religion is necessary for man and society to manage the secular and moral affairs of mankind, but to hold the view that all religions are equally true and good is to cherish a wrong belief. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Among her published works is the book titled "Politics of Time: ‘Primitives’ and History-Writing in a Colonial Society", Dr Ambedkar wanted a reorganization of political power in India on the basis of the Western concept of democracy, which recognizes liberty, equality, justice, fraternity and human dignity. Founder / Co Founder: Buddhist Society of India, Independent Labour Party, Scheduled Castes Federation, Samata Sainik Dal. It … Prathama Banerjee delves into Ambedkar’s thinking. Through this revision of the karma theory, what Ambedkar did was to foreground ordinary, everyday activities of life as the critical site of moral judgments – the realm of the quotidian, where caste really played out in all its violence and discrimination – thus denying the centrality ascribed by the nationalist elite to spectacular revolutionary, exceptional or sacrificial action. Dr. Ambedkar on religion in general and Buddhism in particular1, setting them in the backdrop of key debates in Sociology and Anthropology regarding the nature and meaning of religion as a category as well as the implications of association between religion and power. “In the Hindu religion, one can[not] have freedom of speech. Consequently, nationalism, such as in India, also predominantly took on the form of religious nationalism. So far as this aspect of the case is concerned I would advise the Depressed Classes to insist upon a complete overhauling of Hindu Society and Hindu theology before they consent to become an integral part of Hindu Society. Hence his emphasis on sila – without which even knowledge was futile. Dr Ambedkar at the fourth world conference of Buddhists in Kathmandu on 20 June 1956. Ambedkar rejected Islam, Sikhism and Christianity and preferred Buddhism because of two reasons. In this, he stands alone, afar, above. For Islam divides as inexorably as it binds. During the Hedgewar-Munje-Golwalkar phase, it kept distance from Ambedkar… He saw religion not as a means to spiritual salvation of individual souls, but as a ‘social doctrine’ for establishing the righteous relations between man and man. Its existence lies in caste, a poison that it has spread amongst Sikhs, Muslims and Christians. I started temple entry Satyagraha only because I felt that was the best way of energising the Depressed Classes and making them conscious of their position. This brings us to the fourth important aspect of Ambedkar’s rethinking of religion – namely, his take on the relationship between religion and morality. In other words Buddhism is the only religion which world can have. The first is to explore the considerable holdings of the American Marathi Mission located at Burke (UTS) and Andover-Harvard Theological Library. After all, what are we having this liberty for? The second defect of Islam is that it is a system of social self-government and is incompatible with local self-government because the allegiance of a Muslim does not rest on his domicile in the country which is his but on the faith to which he belongs. It is true that in Buddhism there is no God. Dr. Ambedkar then goes on to analyse the reasons for this attitude. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar ([bʱiːmraːw raːmdʑiː aːmbeːɽkər]) (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, was an Indian scholar, jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. I like to assure the Mahatma that it is not the mere failure of the Hindus and Hinduism which has produced in me the feelings of disgust and contempt with which I am charged. A remarkable and counter-intuitive statement if anything – that an act qualifies to be a religious act when, wrong or right, it is undertaken in responsibility! Ambedkar interpreted the basic tenets of religions from the Dalit viewpoint of the prevailing socio-cultural situation in India. He was an opinionated man and a passionate debater. B. R. Ambedkar Religion Moment Responsibility Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class. Harking back to his earlier distinction between rules and principles, Ambedkar said that the new world needed a religion because law (the regime of rules as it were), in which we as moderns put too much faith, was an ineffective and unreliable instrument for the transformation of society. Ambedkar who was born in an "untouchable" family carried on a relentless battle against untouchability throughout his adult life. Between 1919 … Dr. Ambedkar’s quote that religion “cannot be a matter of rules” was written on another postcard. The ILP also stated that it did not represent any single caste or religion, and there was no difference between touchable and untouchable, Brahmin and non-Brahmin, Hindu and Muslim. Hence, the need for a new and unprecedented religion, because nothing short of or less than religion will do. The result, as we know, is dictatorship and violence. If the new world– which be it realised is very different from the old-must have a religion- and the new world needs religion far more than the old world did — then it can only be religion of the Buddha. 8. But while I am. These forces were neither good nor evil. The story becomes even more interesting here. For the other, civil religion is based on a concept of a natural and originary equality of all humans – as Rousseau famously said, “all men are born equal” – thus making possible the imagination of a primordial and pre-given political community. However, his views on religion, particularly his reasons for renouncing Hinduism, the religion of his birth, are not as widely known. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on Brahmanism. The conversion Ambedkar spoke of did not take place for another twenty years, but from 1936 onwards, he began to explore the possibilities of conversion to another religion for himself as well as all Hindus. According to him for eradication of caste, it is necessary to break the religious notion on which caste system is laid down. Ambedkar’s rethinking of religion has not been studied enough. That the test of justice and utility must be applied to judge the relevance of a religion, and that consists in the trinity. But Buddha never condoned dictatorship – for he believed that right conduct could never be enforced or coerced; it had to emerge from changed dispositions. His task then was to rescue religion from self-proclaimed religionists, who had reduced religion to merely a set of cultural markers and practices, and return to religion the two critical dimensions of philosophy and theology. The life of the shudras was made worse than that of animals. … The Communists have given no answer. I want the Depressed Classes to concentrate their energy and resource on politics and education and I hope that they will realise the importance of both. On the contrary, I agree with Burke when he says that, “True religion is the foundation of society, the basis on which all true Civil Government rests, and both their sanction.” Consequently, when I urge that these ancient rules of life be annulled, I am anxious that its place shall be taken by a Religion of Principles, which alone can lay claim to being a true Religion.”. Yet religion continues to play a determining role in our contemporary society – both in politics and in ordinary people’s everyday lives – and most of us remain but helpless witnesses to this fact. The views of Ambedkar and his works, however, are not free from criticisms. Dr. Ambedkar was a religious person in some ways. Ambedkar was a Hindu for most of his life. This project has two interconnected aims. It cannot be a matter of rules. See Legacy of Dr. BR Ambedkar stands irreconcilably opposed to Hindutva Buddhism isn’t traditionalist- … This is the most fascinating aspect of Ambedkar’s account of religion. This project has two interconnected aims. You can read the whole speech from here. Religion, concerned as it was with death, disease, birth, growth, food, scarcity and so on, propitiated forces of nature, such as sun, rain, wind, pestilence, etc. It also prohibits intermarriage between Muslims and Hindus. To the Muslim ibi bene ibi patria is unthinkable. They have not much been heard of since! These became overwhelmed by their welcome, and in the end – against original intentions – in fact, converted to Sikhism. आंबेडकर बौद्ध दर्शन का प्रतिनिधित्व करते हैं तो गांधी वैदिक दर्शन का। अलख निरंजन का विश्लेषण, Narayana Guru’s messages of liberation through education and empowerment through organization clearly echo Ambedkar’s slogan ‘educate, agitate and organize’. If Islam and Hinduism keep Muslims and Hindus apart in the matter of their faith, they also prevent their social assimilation. Ambedkar did not agree with those who believe that religion arose in magic. To him religion was morality and it should effect the life of each individual his character, actions, reactions likes and dislikes. “Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul. Rules called for conformity. Firstly, Buddhism has its roots in the Indian soil and Secondly, it is the religion of ethics, morality and learning which has no place for And a constant pursuit of knowledge, self-analysis and wisdom. This was unique – because in his times, public figures either criticized religion for being a divisive or irrational force, or like Gandhi, felt that all religions were true and worthy of respect. He was also convinced that Buddhism could improve the social status of the … Comparing Buddhism with Hinduism, Ambedkar writes, “Hinduism is a religion which is not founded on morality. Contact us for a list of FP Books’ titles and to order. “Some people think that religion is not essential to society. It was about principles. He was also a sharp critic of the modern nationalist theory of karma ­– which said that one should undertake action as sacrifice, without either fear of or desire for the fruits of action. Ambedkar contrasts the “dictatorship of the proletariat” with the ancient Buddhist sangha, which, according to him, institutionalized democratic governance of those who voluntarily entered the community of the adept. But this did not deter Ambedkar. To Ambedkar, the most important revolution in the history of religion was the invention of God! Yet modernity failed to either abolish religion or turn it into private faith. 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