Vol. 1, Issue 6 (2016)
A critical study on the view of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Gandhiji on the issue of untouchables
Author(s): Dr. Suresh Kishan Bhadarge
Abstract: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi both of them fought against the untouchability. Very differently both of them tried their best to resolve the problems of untouchability. Mahatma Gandhi supposed that untouchability was the internal problems of Hindu Community. According to him Untouchables did not have the separate identity as like Muslims, Shikhs, and Chrishnity was having. Whereas, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar view was, if untouchables are the part of Hindu then untouchables must get equal rights as like Hindu peoples are enjoying. But for that orthodoxy Hindu people were not ready to accept them on equal level. Besides that even Mahatma Gandhi was also in fever of varnashram system where untouchables were not granted the equal status in society. Therefore Dr. B. R. Ambedkar very strongly opposed Mahatma Gandhi on the views of untouchables. He was very unsatisfied the work which have done by congress and Mahatma Gandhi. He further concluded that untouchables do not want to live on sympathy of Hindu but all untouchables want to live with honor and respect. Untouchables should free from the gold chain of Hinduism. In this paper I want to study the different way of struggle of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi against untouchability.