Gandhi and Ambedkar

ambedkar sermon with readings

While Gandhi is regularly lauded for his non-violent movement, a closer look challenges his sexual practices and his treatment of untouchables. This talk looks especially at the untouchable (Dalit) lawyer Ambedkar who wrote much of India’s constitution and regularly challenged Gandhi, especially re his treatment of untouchables (now Dalits).

Susan S Wadley teaches on South Asia at Syracuse University. She first went to India some 50 years ago as an undergraduate and has returned innumerable times since. Her view of Gandhi has changed radically since the 1960s heyday of lauding Gandhi and his non-violent rhetoric.