A Book ‘Ambedkar Awakening India’s Social Conscience’ released by Vice President

The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari released a book Ambedkar Awakening India’s Social Conscience on 26 February 2014. The book was authored by Dr. Narendra Jadhav. Narendra Jadhav is a member of Planning Commission.


This book is the first ever intellectual biography of Dr Ambedkar. There is only one English biography ever written on Dr. Ambedkar in English. It was written by Dhananjay Keer and was published in 1954.

Two other notable biographies of Dr Ambedkar are in Marathi and were written in 1960s.

All the three biographers were close associates of Dr Ambedkar and had great advantage of being able to interact with him in person.

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was a great social reformer, a valiant champion of human rights and an emancipator of the downtrodden masses of India, who dedicated all his life to awaken the social conscience of modern India.

About the author

Narendra Jadhav is a well-known economist, policy maker, educationist, social scientist and best-selling author and holds a PhD in Economics from Indiana University, USA.

Narendra Jadhav is currently serving as Member, Planning Commission with responsibilities covering Education, Labour-Employment-Skill Development, Social Justice and Empowerment.

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