Dr Anand Teltumbde, writer of several books on Dalits, delivered the Umashankar Joshi Memorial Lecture on “Ambedkar and Democracy” in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Teltumbde said that casteism in India was not so intensely prevalent “in the history of the land as it is now”.
Teltumbde said that “castes” have been used as a tool in politics. He said, “Ambedkar had said that economic democracy was a must. Later on, when the members of the constituent assembly were saying the same thing, Ambedkar refused (to believe), saying, ‘We should not be doing that. Let the future generations see what kind of system they want.’”
Teltumbde said that Ambedkar wanted to get the word “socialist” in the Constitution so that a simple majority in the Parliament or any majority for that matter would not be able to make changes (for the whole nation).