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To best understand and address the inequality in India today, Arundhati Roy insists we must examine both the political development and influence of M.K. Gandhi and why B.R. Ambedkar s brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India s elite. In Roy s analysis, we see that Ambedkar s fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favor of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful, and marked to this day by the caste system. This book situates Ambedkar s arguments in their vital historical context-namely, as an extended public political debate with Mohandas Gandhi. For more than half a century-throughout his adult life-[Gandhi s] pronouncements on the inherent qualities of black Africans, untouchables and the laboring classes remained consistently insulting, writes Roy. His refusal to allow working-class people and untouchables to create their own political organizations and elect their own representatives remained consistent too. In The Doctor and the Saint, Roy exposes some uncomfortable, controversial, and even surprising truths about the political thought and career of India s most famous and most revered figure. In doing so she makes the case for why Ambedkar s revolutionary intellectual achievements must be resurrected, not only in India but throughout the world.

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Arundhati Roy is the author a number of books, including The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and has been translated into more than forty languages. She was born in 1959 in Shillong, India, and studied architecture in Delhi, where she now lives. She has also written several non-fiction books, including Listening to Grasshoppers, Walking with the Comrades, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, Broken Republic, and most recently Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, co-authored with John Cusack. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, the 2011 rman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing, and the 2015 Ambedkar Sudar award.

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