Mumbai: Dalit scholar, poet pan Ambedkar committee
Mumbai: Two members of the state-backed committee to gather and streamline the unpublished writings of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar have written to the government, venting grievances about its composition.
Noted Dalit ideologue J V Pawar has questioned the credentials of Krishna Kamble, who has been appointed member-secretary of the high-profile panel and will be helming the committee meetings. In a letter to higher education minister Uday Samant, Pawar said he was not willing to work under Kamble, whose credentials as Ambedkar researcher were dubious. “Not many members know about Kamble… In view of this, it would be humiliating for me to work as a committee member,” he said.
On the other hand, noted Dalit poet Pradnya Pawar has regretted the inadequate representation of women researchers. In a letter to Samant, she pointed out that in view of Dr Ambedkar’s prolonged crusade to uplift women, the panel should have offered more seats to them. “I am the only woman in the 23-strong committee,” she pointed out.
With the Maha Vikas Aghadi government passing through a rough patch, political observers said the coalition cannot afford to rub Dalit community leaders the wrong way.
Ambedkar scholar Pawar has edited several volumes on the iconic Dalit movement, which altered the state’s socio-political narrative. “Not only is Kamble far junior to me in the field of Dalit studies, he hasn’t made any remarkable contribution to the subject,” Pawar, who has been researching Dr Ambedkar’s writings since 1970s, told TOI on Tuesday.
Courtesy : TNN