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The Gita and Ambedkar

Nagappa K. Gowda

in The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072065
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080748 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.003.0007
The Gita and Ambedkar

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Unlike other interpreters of the Bhagavadgita, Ambedkar saw the Gita as a historical text written after the Purvamimamsa to uphold Brahminism. This chapter contends that Ambedkar always felt that the Gita could never form the moral foundation of the nation. To him, the Gita espoused violence and the varna system. Instead he proposed Buddhism as the alternative to the Gita.

Keywords: B.R. Ambedkar; Bhagavadgita; social practices; Brahminism; Buddhism; Buddhist revolution

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