B.R. ambedkar, partition and the internationalisation of untouchability, 1939–47

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This article analyses the way in which B.R. Ambedkar attempted to internationalise the problem of untouchability in the years prior to Partition. The move towards the international was an attempt to secure a political space for Dalits as a consequence of the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan. Unable to reach an agreement with the likes of Gandhi and Jinnah, Ambedkar looked beyond India for support. His plight gained the attention of disparate people, including Winston Churchill, Jan Smuts and the members of the Indian Conciliation Group. By exploring these events, this article seeks to rescale the history of untouchability and Partition.




Chairez-Garza, J. F. (2019). B.R. ambedkar, partition and the internationalisation of untouchability, 1939–47. South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies, 42(1), 80–96. https://doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2019.1554618

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