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Ambedkar

The Fight For Justice

written by Srividya Natarajan

Tate Gallery | ISBN 9781849761130

Hardback – 108 pages

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Born a member of India’s “untouchable” caste, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891–1956) faced discrimination even at a young age. In school as a boy, upon his return to India after attending Columbia University, and while traveling later in life, Ambedkar knew firsthand what it was like to be treated as an outsider. Determined to overcome the odds, however, he gained multiple doctorates, campaigned against social discrimination and the caste system, and went on to draft the Constitution of India, becoming one of the country’s foremost revolutionaries. Now, in a book Arundhati Roy called “unusually beautiful . . . unforgettable,” comes the story of a man whose experience continues to haunt India’s 170 million Dalits (considered untouchables), many of whom are still denied water, shelter, and the basic dignities of life.

Joe Sacco, author of Palestine, calls Ambedkar “challenging in all the right ways,” and indeed, Pardhan Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Subhash Vyam interweave historical events with contemporary incidents to infuse fresh energy into the graphic idiom through their magical art.

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