Dr. B.R. Amdbedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is a text in search of the audience it was written for. It survived an early assassination attempt to become what it is today—a legend. When the Hindu reformist group, the Jat-Pat Todak Mandal of Lahore which had invited Ambedkar to deliver its annual lecture in 1936, asked for and received the text of the speech in advance, it found the contents “unbearable”—these are the words conveyed by editor in his message for the book in the new edition.
Annihilation of Caste with The Doctor and the Saint—an introduction by Arundhati Roy is annotated by S. Anand. In her introduction Roy writes—When I first read it I felt as though somebody had walked into a dim room and opened the windows. Reading Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar bridges the gap between what most Indians are schooled to believe in and the reality we experience every day of our lives. The Doctor and the Saint, looks at the ways in which caste plays out in modern India, and how the conflict between Ambedkar and Gandhi continues to resonate into the present day.