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Marx and Ambedkar Some Unacademic Reflections

Reflections G P Deshpande Marx ani Ambedkar by R Kasbe; Pune, pp xxiv + 360, appendices, index. KASBE'S magnum opus runs into about four hundred pages. His earlier work which provoked a great deal of discussion and controversy (in certain circles) was a polemic against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Its title 'Jhot' (searchlight) itself underlined its polemical character. Another tidy volume written by Kasbe related to what he called Ambedkarvada (Ambedkarism), The latter work was a straightforward account aimed at placing Ambedkar in the centre of the 'left' debate in Maharashtra. It was an attempt to put Ambedkar firmly on the 'radical' side of the social divide. It was, in a manner of speaking, a marxian or semi-marxian reading of Ambedkar. The latest book by Kasbe is one more contribution in that direction.

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