senior congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Thursday that the notion that the framer of the Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar never “accepted” and “greatly criticizes” the idea that political leadership should advance on the basis of inheritance rather than election or other forms of merit.
Tharoor, who is contesting for the post of Congress President, said this during the launch of his new book “Ambedkar: A Life” at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library here.
Tharoor, the Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram, said of Ambedkar, “A man who never accepted the logic of the caste system, does not accept the principle of family inheritance in politics or anywhere else.”
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Tharoor said, “…although he (Ambedkar) has not written about it, but I can tell you that the assumption seems quite right that he would have rejected the idea and criticized it heavily that the political leadership should proceed on the basis of inheritance rather than election or other forms.”
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Tharoor was asked what would have been Ambedkar’s views if power in the states was concentrated in the hands of families. Tharoor said this while answering this question.
Apart from the author, former Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Madan B Lokur, former Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar and lawyer Karuna Nandi were also present as panellists on the occasion of the book launch and these people also spoke about the life and times of Ambedkar. expressed his views.
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