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Ambedkar’s research, economic theories neglected, says RSS

RSS on Tuesday rued that despite being a prominent economist, BR Ambedkar’s theories and thesis are not given much prominence and it is “unfortunate” that research is not done over them by universities in the country.

Terming Ambedkar as a “great” labour leader, RSS joint secretary Krishna Gopal said that many of the rules in various labour laws apart from the concept of tripartite talks were brought by him which are prevalent even today.

“He was a prominent economist but it is unfortunate that none of the universities in the country do any good research on him...not even on his economic theories,” Gopal said while delivering sixth memorial lecture on “Dr Ambedkar: Multidimentional Personality and Narrative at Indian Institute of Public Administration.”

Gopal claimed that despite graduating in economics from prestigious Columbia University and London School of Economics and releasing important papers on ‘Small holdings in India and their remedies’, Ambedkar’s researches and papers were not even properly published.

“Small holdings in India and their remedies was a big paper of Ambedkar... how agriculture land is getting smaller. Economic Development of this country is not possible through small holdings...He said this 100 years ago. He urged for industrialisation at the earliest as there is much pressure on agriculture.

“Even after 100 years, the research on his theories and thesis that should have happened, its possibility, it seems is bleak,” he said. Noting that Ambedkar had three ‘gurus’ in his life — Buddha, Kabir and Mahatma Phule, Gopal said that without understanding the three of them, understanding Ambedkar would be incomplete.

The RSS leader said Communists had labelled him as “enemy of labourers” but Ambedkar had spoken very strongly about them and had said during one of the speeches that they were a “misguided body of men”.

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