Educate, Agitate, Organize: Rising to the Clarion Call of Dr. Ambedkar (South Asian American Digital Archive)

Since the year 1999, I’ve been on a journey to discover a call that transcends political necessity and, instead, calls on our inner humanity. In my oral history of the Ambedkarite community, I have been able to explore the significance of one such clarion call, expressed by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar at the All India Depressed Classes conference in July 1942 in Nagpur, India. His call to his followers was: Educate, Agitate, Organize.

Dr. Ambedkar believed that caste-based marginalization had led millions of Dalits into abject mental and physical poverty, and stripped them of their humanity. The three pillars of the clarion call guide the way towards emancipation, freedom, justice, equality, fraternity, and liberty as guaranteed by the Indian constitution.

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