Worshipping False Gods: Ambedkar and the Facts That Have Been Erased


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About the book :

Over the last couple of decades, B.R. Ambedkar has come to be idolized as no other political leader has. His statue is one of the largest in the Parliament complex. Political parties have reaped rich electoral dividends riding on his name. A decades-old cartoon of him in a textbook rocked Parliament for days recently, causing parties across the political spectrum to run for cover and call for the withdrawal of the ‘offending’ cartoon. In Worshipping False Gods, Arun Shourie employs his scholarly rigour to cast a critical look at the legend of Ambedkar. With his distinctive eye for detail, Shourie delves into archival records to ask pertinent questions: Did Ambedkar coordinate his opposition to the freedom struggle with the British? How does his approach to social change contrast with that of Mahatma Gandhi’s? Did the Constitution spring from him or did it grow as a dynamic living organism? Passionately argued and based on a mountain of facts that it presents, Worshipping False Gods compels us to go behind the myths on which discourse is built in India today.


About the Author:

Arun Shourie is a journalist, economist, author, and politician. Apart from this book, he has also authored notable texts such as We Must Have No Price, Courts And Their Judgements: Premises, Prerequisites, Consequences, Mrs Gandhi’s Second Reign, The State As Charade: V. P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar And The Rest, Symptoms Of Fascism, Institutions In The Janata Phase, and Falling Over Backwards. Shourie’s book is written in a narrative manner, and contains content that is supported by his extensive research. Arun Shourie has a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in the United States. He has had an extensive career in politics and economics. He is an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rajya Sabha. He has also received many awards such as the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which he received in 1982.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Pages ‏ : ‎ 680
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 525 g
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India


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