Ambedkar and the Constitution

Freedom from fear and the fear of freedom

Ambedkar with members of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly, among them (seated from left) N. Madhava Rao, Saiyid Muhammad Saadulla, Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar and the constitutional adviser Benegal Narsing Rau.


Possibilities and limitations

September 24, 1932, Yerwada Jail: M.R. Jayakar, Tej Bahadur Sapru and Ambedkar on the day of signing the Poona Pact. It was an agreement arrived at between the leaders of caste Hindus and the “Depressed Classes” regarding representation for the Depressed Classes in legislatures. This followed a hunger strike by Gandhi in the jail against the British government’s move to grant separate electorate for Dalits as Ambedkar had wanted. Ambedkar softened his stand in view of the clamour to save Gandhi’s life.

Political movements

Squandered legacy

BSP leader Mayawati paying tributes to Ambedkar on his birth anniversary in 2013.


‘Education is the only solution’

Prakash Ambedkar.


Guarded hope

The new CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury addressing a public meeting organised to mark the conclusion of the 21st party congress in Visakhapatnam on April 19.


‘The primary task is to strengthen ourselves’

Sitaram Yechury after being elected general secretary of the CPI (M) in Visakhapatnam.


Towards a factory model

Students from Jawaharlal Nehru University protesting against the Choice Based Credit System and other changes proposed under the Central Universities Act, in New Delhi on March 3.

Summit of the Americas

New realities

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands before the inauguration of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City on April 10.


Massacre of students

When the bodies of the Garissa University College attackers were taken away on April 4.

Modi's tri-nation tour

Links with the West

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Narendra Modi visit the booth of the Swiss automation group ABB at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany, on April 13.

Eduardo Galeano

The magical reality of Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015), a 2012 photograph.

S.C/S.T. Bill

A Bill in limbo

P.S. Krishnan, former Secretary to Government of India.

Situation of Dalits

Unequal citizens, still

A manual scavenger with her tools on her way to clean dry toilets at Nekpur village near Muradnagar town in Uttar Pradesh.


Murders most foul

The wife and daughter of Murthy, who was shot dead by the Andhra Pradesh police, at Murugapadi village in Tiruvannamalai district on April 8.

Red sanders trade

Law of the jungle

The scene of the


‘Cold-blooded murder’

Chiluka Chandrasekhar addressing the media in connection with the Seshachalam killings, in Tirupati on April 11.

Caste Census

Critical exercise

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah taking queries from enumerators of Karnataka's Social and Educational Survey in Bangalore on April 16.


Harvest of tragedy

Sacks of potatoes lying outside a cold storage at Dhaniakhali in West Bengal's Hooghly district.

D. Jayakanthan

The wholeness of a water drop

D. Jayakantan. His true literary merit lies in the fact that he knew what he was creating.

D. Jayakanthan

His film world

A scene from the film


After the Spring

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, surrounded by top military generals, addressingthe media after an emergency meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Cairo on January 31.

Letter from America

The Iran bogey

John Kerry (left), U.S. Secretary of State, with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (right) before the start of negotiationson Iran's nuclear programme, in Lausanne March 20.


At peace with the jaguar

A jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil.
Volume: 32
Issue: 09
Issue Date: 15-05-2015



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The relevance of Ambedkar
 There is lot of eloquence, even misplaced at times, when it comes to Dr.Ambedkar. So much is said and written about his fight for the Dalits...»
posted by Velamur   on May 3, 2015 at 08:39 IST

Towards a factory model
 I commend the author for writing this timely piece. I would like to point out that not only the leaders but a very high percentage of the th...»
posted by K. B. Garg   on May 3, 2015 at 12:39 IST

Possibilities and limitations
 Reservation policy is claiming individual right to education, employment and freedom. Moreover, the successful implementation of reservation...»
posted by Sakya Mohan   on May 3, 2015 at 19:41 IST


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