Individual and Society

13 07 2007

It is true that man cannot get on with his fellows. But it is also true that he cannot do without them. He would like to have the society of his fellows on his terms. If be cannot get it on his terms then he will be ready to have it on any terms even amounting to complete surrender. This is because he cannot do without society. A caste is ever ready to take advantage of the helplessness of a man and insist upon complete conformity to its code in letter and in spirit. A caste can easily organize itself into a conspiracy to make the life of a reformer a hell and if a conspiracy is a crime I do not understand why such a nefarious act as an attempt to excommunicate a person for daring to act contrary to the rules of caste should not be made an offense punishable in law.

N.B:- Suggested to read along with this, is “Reform and Individual” which is discussed along with this quotation and deals with the same subject.

SECTION XII Annihilation of Caste. Vol-I, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writing and Speeches

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13 07 2007
Reform and Individual « Thus Spoke Dr. Ambedkar

[…] N B :- In next few sentences, how caste can destroy a reformer is talked about. An except of which is in “Individual and Society“. […]

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