03rd January, 2016 (MAINS)

TODAYs ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-I

Q1. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, despite having divergent approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden. Elucidate. [12.5marks/2015/GS-1] 200 words.

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  • Sooraj Mehra

    2015 mains question solved:
    Q1. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, despite having divergent approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden. Elucidate.
    Answer: Both Gandhi and Ambedkar strove for the improvement of the cause of depressed classes. However, both had fundamental differences on different political and social issues:
    1. Gandhi perceived depressed classes to be an integral part of Hindu society, whereas Ambedkar somewhat tried to advance a kind of two-nation theory-one is the ruling nation of high castes and another is the subject nation of untouchable classes.
    2. Ambedkar was in favour of annihilation of caste system as it was beyond reforms; but Gandhi wanted to reform it by changing the hearts and minds of high Castes. Gandhi did not support the abolition of caste system or Varnashrma order.
    3. Gandhi believed in peaceful political struggles like non-cooperation and civil disobedience and other forms of Satyagrah, but Ambedkar had developed deep faith in the constitutional means of change and improvement.
    4. Ambedkar believed that the movement for the amelioration of the cause of depressed classes cannot be launched by high castes. It should be led by depressed classes only. Gandhi believed that such movement may be launched by any person.
    5. Gandhi’s vision for future India was more broad-based as it considered the accommodation of all castes and communities. Ambedkar vision was confined to improvement and empowerment of depressed classes.

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      good job.

      • Sooraj Mehra

        thank you..