Marx, Ambedkar and Knowledge

Both Marx and Ambedkar with their thoughts and action have inspired struggles for emancipation from exploitation and oppression. While the resistance movement of the oppressed people in general appears to have received huge set back all over the world, on account of multi-dimensional assaults from Neoliberalism since 1980s, in India, which could be taken as an ideal place for such movements to flare up, they are particularly in hopeless state. Both of them, Marxists and Ambedkarites, appear objectively to have been unable to thwart or take on the challenges posed by Neoliberalism. In this context, it became pertinent to examine their basics: respective conception and theories of knowledge provided by Marx and Ambedkar in order that they possibly give direction for formulating strategies and tactics that can match those of the adversary classes in these fast changing times.

Anand Teltumbde is a writer, columnist, political analyst and civil rights activist. He has extensively written on the issues related to struggles of the oppressed people and variously participated in their struggles right from his student days. He has written 18 books, written hundreds of articles and papers and delivered numerous lectures on contemporary issues which are translated widely in most Indian languages. He currently teaches management in IIT, Kharagpur.

Aditya Nigam is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Friday, 20 March 2015
CSDS Seminar Room