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On 26 January 1950, the Constitution of India was adopted formally and came into effect. Its preamble set out in brief the enlightened values it enshrined and hoped to engender. In a radical shift from mainstream constitutional history, this book establishes Dr. BR Ambedkar’s irrefutable authorship of the preamble by uncovering the intellectual origins of its six most central concepts: justice, liberty, equality, fraternity, dignity, and nation.
Although Dr. Ambedkar is universally regarded as the chief architect of the Constitution, the specifics of his role as chairman of the Drafting Committee are not widely discussed. Totally neglected is his almost single-handed authorship of the Constitution’s Preamble.
The discussion is based on the book which establishes how and why the Preamble to the Constitution of India is essentially an Ambedkarite preamble. In doing so, it spotlights fundamental facts about modern Indian history, as well as Ambedkar’s revolutionary political thought, hitherto ignored in conventional accounts.
Aakash Singh Rathore
Aakash Singh Rathore is author of Ambedkar’s Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India (2020), and of a forthcoming biography entitledB.R. Ambedkar (2021). He has been a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, as well as Rutgers, UPenn, the University of Toronto, Humboldt University (Berlin), and LUISS University (Rome).
Shruti Viswanathan runs ‘The Equals Project‘, which conducts workshops for children and young adults, teaching Constitution creation through experiential learning. Shruti is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.