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Manu Gandhi and Ambedkar and other Essays

Madhu Limaye (Author)
Synopsis This volume of essays by Madhu Limaye deals with five subjects of great topical interest. The rise of several groups claiming to be the inveterate opponents of the hierarchical order and champions of social justice consider it necessary to attack the Mahatma as a Manuvadi and postulate an irreconcilable conflict between Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar. The author convincingly shows that while the two started at opposite ends both worked towards the same goal of an egalitarian society. The second part discusses the question of Gatt in all its aspects. It criticizes the communist worship of obsolete dogmas, the Socialists’ habit of repeating old slogans and the contradictions in the BJP’s economic policy. The main thread of the argument is the need to create a work ethos and encourage innovation and enterprise in all sectors of the economy. The third part deals with the current constitutional, parliamentary and political controversies. The longish piece on the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Stock Market Scam gives a historical background of the struggle against corruption and emphasizes on the imperative of enforcing accountability. The fourth part deals with the current relations of political forces and provides the framework for assessing the election prospects of the main parties-the Congress, the Janata Dal, the BJP and the regional parties like Telugu Desam in the forthcoming elections. The last part takes up the problem thrown up by disintegration of the Sovietised Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia and, above all, the USSR itself. In the final piece the author calls for a redefinition of the Russo-Indian relations on a pragmatic basis. Altogether a varied and appetizing fare.
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About the author

Madhu Limaye

Madhu Limaye (born 1 May 1922) was drawn into the national movement at an early stage. Socialist ideas held great fascination for him. Membership of the Congress Socialist Party came natural to him as he considered it to be the most determined vanguard of the anti-imperialist struggle and a party committed to basic social change. the struggle against foreign rule landed him in prison many times. His first imprisonment came in 1940-41 (When he was only a little over 18). He participated in the Quit India under ground movement and was detained under DIR till the end of the War. Limaye was associated with the Goa Liberation Movement and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Portuguese Military Tribunal. He was repeatedly imprisoned in the course of the struggle of the oppressed people for justice. He had to spend nineteen months in detention during the Emergency. India's leading intellectual, Limaye was elected member of the Lok Sabha four times, and has been an outstanding parliamentarian. He was deeply influenced by the personality and ideas of Rammanohar Lohia. Limaye has been a n outstanding parliamntarian. He was deeply influenced by the personality and ideas of Rammonohar Lohia. Limaye has been a fighter for civil liberties all his life. He himself argued his cases in the Supreme Court and was invariably successful. He is the author of many works on history, politics and current affairs in English, Hindi and Marathi.

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Title Manu Gandhi and Ambedkar and other Essays
Author Madhu Limaye
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121204879
length x+180p., Tables; Index; 23cm.