Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Dalit scholar Suraj Yengde signs deal to write biography of Ambedkar

Juggernaut Books, on Monday, announced their deal with Dr Suraj Yengde to write a biography of B.R Ambedkar. Yengde, India’s leading Dalit scholar and public intellectual, is an author of the bestseller Caste Matters and co-editor of award-winning “The Radical in Ambedkar”.

Yengde is currently a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and an inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability (IARA) at Harvard University.

His book “Caste Matters” went to reprint within a week of its publication date. Caste Matters was recently featured in the prestigious “Best Non-fiction Books of the Decade” list by The Hindu.

Suraj is nominated to India’s highest literary award, “Sahitya Akademi” and is a recipient of “Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award” Canada 2019, “Rohith Vemula Memorial Scholar Award” 2018.

Ambedkar is the chief architect of the Constitution of India and the face of anti-caste Bahujan movements in India. Ambedkar was not a celebrated figure in India’s mainstream until Dalit movements became active in the past decades.

This is Babasaheb as you have never known him before, the publisher announced.

The book is expected to come out in 2022. This will be the first major Dalit authored biography of Ambedkar in English, claimed Juggernaut books.


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