I have No home land : Dr BR Ambedhkar to gandhi

Source:- Dhananjay Keer, Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission, Bombay: Popular Publications, 1971 [1954], pp. 164-167.

I have No home land : Dr BR Ambedhkar to gandhi

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….Mr. Gandhi, I have no homeland…You say I have got a homeland, but still, I repeat that I am without it. How can I call this land my own homeland and this religion my own, wherein we are treated worse than cats and dogs, wherein we cannot get water to drink? No self-respecting Untouchable worth the name will be proud of this land. The injustice and sufferings inflicted upon us by this land are so enormous that if knowingly or unknowingly we fall prey to disloyalty to this country, the responsibility for that act would be solely hers. I do not feel sorry for being branded as a traitor; for the responsibilities of our action lie with the land that dubs me a traitor.

If at all I have rendered any national service as you say, helpful or beneficial, to the patriotic cause of this country, it is due to my unsullied conscience and not due to any patriotic feelings in me. If in my endeavour to secure human rights for my people, who have been trampled upon in this country for ages, I do any disservice to this country, it would not be a sin; and if any harm does not come to this country through my action, it may be due to my conscience. Owing to the promptings of my conscience, I have been striving to win human rights for my people without meaning or doing any harm to this country….

” ~ ‘BABASAHEB’ Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, August 14,1931, Manibhavan, Malabar Hill, Bombay (Transcripts were routinely made by Gandhi’s secretaries)

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