Ambedkar, the first Untouchable ever to be formally educated, pioneered new strategies, philosophically and practically, which continue to prove effective, not least in the inspirational example he set to India’s Untouchable community in their struggle for social and political rights.
Jaffrelot’s biography of the great Indian politician B.R. Ambedkar is both an historical study and a document relevant to today’s concerns, given the rising profile of Dalits politically and otherwise in modern India.
‘A very valuable addition to the literature on Ambedkar. Jaffrelot’s viewpoint is both fresh and very knowledgeable.’ — Professor Eleanor Zelliot, Carleton University
Christophe Jaffrelot is Avantha Chair and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King’s India Institute, and Research Lead for the Global Institutes, King’s College London. He teaches at Sciences Po CERI, where he was director between 2000 and 2008.