Annihilation of Caste

Sat 28 January 2017 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Annihilation of Caste was supposed to be the last speech to have been delivered by Dr. B.R Ambedkar before he gave up Hinduism and converted to Buddhism. The speech was to have been delivered before an anti-caste organization in Lahore in the 1930s. But the anti-caste group found Ambedkar's speech hard-hitting and uncomfortable. They requested him to tone down the speech to make it appeal to a larger audience. Ambedkar refused to budge down and called off his participation. This undelivered speech was printed by him and sold as a book.

The main contents of the book are Ambedkar's arguments against the caste system, it's irrelevance in modern India and the lack of legal sanctity of the Dharamashastras.

A speech that was called off because an anti-caste organization found it radical! Need I say more about this book?