BOMBAY: Except for its illusory plank of untouchability … Gandhiism is simply another form of orthodox Hinduism, which has been a veritable chamber of horrors to the untouchables. Far from the untouchables regarding Gandhi as their saviour, as Congressman would wish them to do, the untouchables would be justified in saying: “Beware of Gandhi”. This is one of the main conclusions arrived at in a book by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Scheduled Caste Leader, published today [July 10]. Entitled “What Congress and Gandhi have done for the untouchables”, it claims to be a challenge to both to prove their credentials and assertions … Dr. Ambedkar says that the Congress claim to represent all classes and communities has no foundation in fact and it certainly does not represent the 60 million untouchables of India.

The fundamental issue, says Dr. Ambedkar … is that the untouchables insist that they are distinct and separate from the Hindus, a separate element in the national life of India. The Congress, far from agreeing to part with power … has become synonymous with the governing class and has sought to beguile the untouchables with false propaganda …

Published in Dawn, July 11th, 2020