Revisiting 1956: B.R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation

By: Sudha Pai, Avinash Kumar (Eds) & Sukhadeo Thorat (Frwd.)

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About the Book While much has been written on Ambedkar’s views on caste and identity, Buddhism, and the lower-caste movements led by him, his views on the issue of states reorganisation have not attracted serious scholarship. This book addresses this lacuna by revisiting the mid-1950s when the first round of states reorganisation took place and the principles on which this was undertaken. Ambedkar feared that fostering cultural identities would result in separate nationalities. In 1956, when the States Reorganisation Commission submitted its report, he identified its flaws, and famously laid down his ‘One state, one language’ principle. Unfortunately, the speeches, tracts and articles that Ambedkar produced on these lines were soon forgotten. In contemporary India, as new states are being formed, Ambedkar’s works find renewed relevance. Revisiting 1956 presents these works by Ambedkar that reveal his remarkable and consistent vision on state formation that administrators can learn from today. In presenting his criteria for reorganisation of statesviability, size, economic feasibility, equality, federal balance, and the divisive issue of languagehe has already addressed concerns that we now have today. This book will be invaluable for students and scholars of political science, demography, public administration and Indian history. Table of Contents List of Tables and Maps List of Abbreviations Foreword Preface PART I Tracing Ambedkar’s Thoughts on States Reorganisation Introduction Preparing the Ground: Early Writings of Ambedkar on States Reorganisation Lessons from Andhra State: Events, Debates and Formation of States Reorganisation Commission Offering Solutions: Later Writings of Ambedkar on States Reorganisation In Lieu of a Conclusion PART II Speeches and Writings, 1938–56: Compendium On Separate Karnatak Province Maharashtra as a Linguistic Province Need for Checks and Balances On the Andhra State Bill Thoughts on Linguistic States On the States Reorganisation Bill, 1956 Ambedkar’s Recipe for Maharashtra: Voice of the People States and Minorities References Index. Printed Pages: 256

Title: Revisiting 1956: B.R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation

Author Name: Sudha Pai, Avinash Kumar (Eds) & Sukhadeo Thorat (Frwd.)

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Orient BlackSwan: 2019

ISBN: 9789352873883

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 1202835

Keywords: Revisiting 1956: B.R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation Sudha Pai, Avinash Kumar (Eds) & Sukhadeo Thorat (Frwd.)