ISBN 9789350293430,Worshipping False Gods: Ambedkar and the Facts that Have Been Erased

Worshipping False Gods: Ambedkar and the Facts that Have Been Erased


Arun Shourie






Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350293430

ISBN-10 9350293439


Number of Pages 680 Pages
Language (English)

History & Politics

Over the last couple of decades, B.R. Ambedkar has come to be idolized as no other political leader has. His statue is one of the largest in the Parliament complex. Political parties have reaped rich electoral dividends riding on his name. A decades-old cartoon of him in a textbook rocked Parliament for days recently, causing parties across the political spectrum to run for cover and call for the withdrawal of the offending cartoon.

In Worshipping False Gods, Arun Shourie employs his scholarly rigour to cast a critical look at the legend of Ambedkar. With his distinctive eye for detail, Shourie delves into archival records to ask pertinent questions: Did Ambedkar coordinate his opposition to the freedom struggle with the British? How does his approach to social change contrast with that of Mahatma Gandhi's? Did the Constitution spring from him or did it grow as a dynamic living organism?

Passionately argued and based on a mountain of facts that it presents, Worshipping False Gods compels us to go behind the myths on which discourse is built in India today.

About the Author
Scholar, author, former editor and minister, Arun Shourie is one of the most prominent voices in our country's public life and discourse.