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Why the Constituent Assembly disagreed with Ambedkar’s democratic socialism

On 15 March 1947, Dr Ambedkar gave a memorandum to the Constituent Assembly for implementing “state socialism” through the Constitution. He wanted the Indian Constitution to mandate the nationalization of industry, agriculture, land and insurance, and collectivization of farming. But the Constituent Assembly did not let this happen, writes Kanwal Bharti Dr B.R. Ambedkar was knowledgeable about Constitutions adopted around the world and believed that the … Continue reading Why the Constituent Assembly disagreed with Ambedkar’s democratic socialism

What’s Left of Nehru – Ramchandra Guha

In the last months of 1949, Jawaharlal Nehru was due to make a tour of the United States of America. Before his departure, Nehru was uncharacteristically nervous. “In what mood shall I address America?” he asked his sister Vijayalakshmi. “How shall I address people etc? How shall I deal with the government there and businessmen and others? Which facet of myself should I put before … Continue reading What’s Left of Nehru – Ramchandra Guha