There just is no dearth of torchbearers for Dr. Ambedkar’s legacy it seems, as the years roll on and yet another Ambedkar anniversary is observed.

The iconoclast that Ambedkar was it is rather ironic that the loudest of his torchbearers and destiny’s daughter Mayawati is so caught up with installing his statues while throwing in a statue or two for her mentor Kanshiram and herself while she was at it.

One often wonders if these intellectual pygmies, who have repudiated almost everything that Ambedkar stood for by deifying him, can ever fathom Ambedkar’s sagacity.

Here is one instance highlighted by Offstumped in the past and reproduced below.

The Constituent Assembly while debating Ambedkar’s Constitution Bill, also took up the question of the Preamble for the Constitution. Ambedkar makes a strong argument against the current situation of having Socialism ingrained in the Preamble and requiring every political party to express faith in it.

What should be the policy of the State, how the Society should be organised in its social and economic side are matters which must be decided by the people themselves according to time and circumstances.

It cannot be laid down in the Constitution itself, because that is destroying democracy altogether. If you state in the Constitution that the social organisation of the State shall take a particular form, you are, in my judgment, taking away the liberty of the people to decide what should be the social organisation in which they wish to live.

It is perfectly possible today, for the majority people to hold that the socialist organisation of society is better than the capitalist organisation of society.

But it would be perfectly possible for thinking people to devise some other form of social organisation which might be better than the socialist organisation of today or of tomorrow.

I do not see therefore why the Constitution should tie down the people to live in a particular form and not leave it to the people themselves to decide it for themselves.

Offstumped Bottomline: From entitlement seeking Dalit activists to Communal Socialists just about everyone have attempted to appropriate Ambedkar’s legacy while paying scant attention to Ambedkar’s liberal views on why the people of India must have the freedom to make economic choices that best work for them.

Offstumped is written by Yossarin from the Indian National Interest

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