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    ...PTI Photo November 26, the day declared as “Constitution Day”, passed off like any other day with a ritual reference by the prime minister. Independent India began its tryst with destiny with great hopes and aspirations. But it also had to face tragedies such as Partition, Hindu-Muslim conflicts, that took a large number of lives on both sides, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. But while finalising the Draft Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar did not let these exigencies overtake the need for a democratic Constitution — he ruled out any element of theocracy in the document. On November 26, 1949, he placed the Draft Constitution before the Constituent Assembly. The assembly adopted the Constitution and India became a democratic republic in 1950. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 28, 2017, 12:15 a.m.

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    ...November 7, 2017 marks the anniversary and completion of the observation of the centenary of the great October socialist revolution that took place in Russia in 1917. As Marx and Engels predicted in the Communist Manifesto, the ruling classes trembled at the outbreak of the revolution. The proletariat and the peasantry captured political power for the first time in human history with a revolutionary historic optimism: They had “nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win”. There are going to be many histories of the October Revolution. There can be a history of the Revolution from the point of view of its successes and achievements. There can also be a history from the point of view of the failure of Soviet socialism. There can also be a history of Marxist theory of socialist revolution and socialist construction. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 7, 2017, 12:40 a.m.

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    ... The advent of Karl Marx and Marxism constitutes a revolutionary epoch in the history of humanity. Marxism provided a philosophical understanding of human history and a practical method to liberate human beings from the chains of exploitation and enable them to realise essential human worth. The comprehensive scope of Marxism, which encompasses not only the materialistic basis of production, but also other finer dimensions of life, makes it a wholesome and holistic method to understand — and transform — the social, economic and cultural aspects of human consciousness. In studying history and its dynamics through the matrix of dialectical materialism, Marx brought out the false consciousness determining exploitation, extraction of surplus value and the resultant dehumanisation of society. He offered not just a comprehensive analysis but also a remedy to liberate human beings from the bondage of exploitation. It is grossly unfair to reduce Marxism to a mere study of the economic dimensions of life. Indeed, Marx took into account the finer aspects of life, such as aesthetics, ethics, music and so on. ...

    Indian Express on May 5, 2017, 12:20 a.m.

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    ... B.R. Ambedkar’s vision of the India was that of a welfare state which would secure to all its citizens justice — social, economic and political — liberty, equality and fraternity. It was to be a state which would direct its policy towards securing its citizens, men and women equally, the right to an adequate means of livelihood. But over the years, the Indian state has been transforming into a neoliberal one. The BJP’s accession to power in 2014 is not just a succession of one government by another. It is a catastrophic combination of neoliberalism and Hindutva which is giving birth to a frightening fascism. ...

    Indian Express on April 14, 2017, 12:14 a.m.

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    ...In his last speech in the Constituent Assembly, B.R. Ambedkar pointed out the vast disparity between the constitutional ideal of political rights for all and the social and economic inequalities produced by the caste system and other institutions. “On January 26, 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics, we will be recognising the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 26, 2017, midnight

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    ... Babasaheb Ambedkar’s enunciation that real independence was achieved for India with the coming into force of the Constitution on January, 26, 1950 constituted a statement of enormous significance. India, for the first time in its long and chequered history, had chosen to be governed by the due process of law enshrined in the Constitution — a law that guarantees equal rights to all, provides a framework for empowerment of the weaker and exploited sections of society and for the social and economic advancement of the nation. The grand ideal of independence embodied in our Constitution was, in the words of Ambedkar, to privilege the idea of one person one value. It is an ideal that must be pursued to build a nation, which will provide equal opportunity for all citizens, irrespective of faith, language and other differences. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 26, 2016, 12:01 a.m.