Sunday, January 22, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar was the centric leader while Gandhi echoed all : M J Akbar

Ambedkar was the centric leader while Gandhi echoed all : M J Akbar

Jaipur : With literary heads ranging from New yorker to Mumbai and
discussing the world wide issues, today in the morning session of at
Diggi Palace front lawns, Ambedkar and Gandhi were remembered with the
huge comparison with the latest Anna Hazare and Irom Sharmila. The
session was named as the "Gandhi, Ambedkar and the crossroads at
Jantar Mantar". The speakers of the session were Joseph Lelyveld,
Sunil Khilnani, Aruna Roy, S Anand and MJ Akbar it was moderated by
Urvashi Butalia.

Speaking about then and now, the yesteryear's and the new and the old
protests the writers showcased their views about the Gandhian
philosophy and Ambedkar views. The comparison which draw between the
two leaders was being a mass object and a state centric. Aruna Roy,
social activist and a writer said, Anna protest was popular than Irom
Sharmila not only because of being held at the cross roads of Jantar
Mantar but the India protested against corruption.

Calling corruption a major menace all the writers stood and said the
views should be echoed and the writers have the right to criticize. MJ
Akbar talked about the contribution of Gandhi in making the Indians
powerful. Prasoon Joshi stressed on being poetic in each way one can.
He also said that the poetic streak should come into political
boundaries. talking about the dalit issue Urvashi said " The more one
writes about it the issue gets highlighted".

Later MJ Akbar while trying to draw a thin line comparison between the
two leaders he said that the two cannot be compared. Both have their
idealistic views and opinions.


Get all ZESTCaste mails sent out in a span of 24 hours in a single mail. Subscribe to the daily digest version by sending a blank mail to, OR, if you have a Yahoo! Id, change your settings at

On this list you can share caste news, discuss caste issues and network with like-minded anti-caste people from across India and the world. Just write to

If you got this mail as a forward, subscribe to ZESTCaste by sending a blank mail to OR, if you have a Yahoo! ID, by visiting

Also have a look at our sister list, ZESTMedia:! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
(Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive